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100% Success

by Dave Mellum Every hunter has his definition of “Successful” so let me give you mine. To me, “success” isn’t the harvesting of the game. To me, success isn’t measured by the size or number of trophies I hang on the wall. Doing so is nice, and I do everything I can to take the game I came for, but that’s merely “icing on the cake”. For over 50 years I’ve hunted big game everywhere from Alaska, to New Zealand, Africa, South America and many locations in between. Over the years I’ve eaten many a tag and left many a freezer empty. However some of my most “successful” hunts didn’t involve the firing of a single shot nor the nocking of a single arrow. So how do I define a successful hunt?  Let me tell you. Success to me is experiencing beautiful new environments, watching abundant numbers of game in their natural habitat, sharing a well planned campsite or beautiful lodge with other hunters, listening to and learning from an experienced guide, having a guide who listens to me, looking forward to the evening’s meal and sharing the day’s hunt around a glowing campfire, making new friends who share your passion for hunting, fairly pursuing your game and enjoying the challenges it most often presents, returning home and reliving the memories of your hunt which bring a smile to your face.—Now that’s a successful hunt. So you ask—how were my hunts with RED STAG PATAGONIA? Every one a resounding success, and to top it off, I’ve never had to eat one of their tags. Their lodges are the most professionally operated hunting establishments you will ever experience. Their motto — “The chase is fair, everything else is Excellent” is a perfect summation of their operations. So, if you are looking for “icing on the cake” as well as a […]

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10 Tips preparing for the Perfect Hunt

Sebastian F. Casado Sastre is not only the co-owner, but also the head guide for Red Stag Patagonia. With more than three decades of Big Game hunting experience, specializing in Red Stag, he’s known as one of Argentina’s most accomplished Big Game outfitters. Sebastian has shared some of his extensive knowledge on what it takes to plan and execute the Perfect Red Stag Hunt. These 10 tips will not only prepare you for your hunt, but they’ll also allow you to turn your experience into an unforgettable Trip of a Lifetime! The Red Stag season in Argentina and Chile runs during the fall, but without a doubt, the best time of the season is during the rut, also known as the “Roar”. The Roar occurs between early March and mid- to late April. This time of the year is comparable to September and October in the Rocky Mountains of the American West. Before you book a Red Stag Hunt, it’s important to think about what type of hunt you prefer. Considerations include: the type of lodging you want, if you’re coming with non-hunting companions; the kind of trophy you’re looking for, if you want to do a mountain hunt; or whether easy going, lower elevation hunts make more sense. Knowing the terrain, the game behavior, judging trophies, and assessing safe hikes in the mountains are only a few of many aspects that go into a successful hunt. That’s why a good guide is a must on every stag hunt. Most times each hunter will have his own guide for the entire duration of the hunt (1×1 guiding). Although, some prefer to share the ride with a fellow hunter (2×1 guiding). Since the hunts are all on big private ranches, with very light-hunting pressure, there’s always opportunities for everybody. Before your […]

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A Thousand and “1” Shots

A Thousand and “1” Shots – by Dave Mellum (Red Stag Patagonia—Tupungato Lodge) I’ve previously had the opportunity to hunt each of the 3 David Denies Bird Hunting dove lodges located in Córdoba, Argentina (Pica Zuro, La Dormida, and Córdoba Lodges). At each lodge shooting a thousand rounds a day, everyday of the year, is actually considered “light” shooting and I well exceeded those numbers. There are millions of doves located within David Denies exclusive 250,000 acre hunt area and you will never run out of opportunities to shoot nor experience a bad day’s hunt. Millions and millions of dove are at your disposal and there are NO LIMITS! The dove shooting here is perhaps only topped by David Denies incredibly beautiful lodges, attentive staff, and exquisite dining. Fast forward to my latest hunting destination—Tupungato Red Stag. Operated by the same people who manage David Denies Bird Hunting, Tupungato Lodge is located just 50 miles south of Mendoza, Argentina. Mendoza, known world wide for their fabulous wines, is one of the most picturesque areas in all of South America. Guests actually stay in a beautiful working winery. The ranch sets against the Chilean border with a backdrop of some of the highest peaks in all the Andes. There are 20,000 foot peaks within the ranch’s western boundary and fertile valleys exist throughout which team with wildlife. It is within this spectacular setting that the big game hunter pursues one of the most beautiful animals in all of sport hunting—-the majestic RED STAG. Tupungato is one of the oldest and largest working ranches in this part of Argentina. It encompasses 150,000 acres and it’s Red Stag hunting program has been in existence for over 20 years. All hunting on the ranch follows a strict management plan with only old mature Stags […]

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Buenos Aires Big Game – Season 2017

Most people don’t know that only two hours away from the city of Buenos Aires, there is the biggest herd of wild black buck in the world. You can count them by the thousands on some of the big cattle ranches in this particular area of Buenos Aires province. We at RSP have exclsusive leases on the best ranches and we are have been putting hunters onto big wild blackbuck since 2006. This year so far we have had great hunts for both Black Buck and Axis deer. We also did some of our “all you can shoot” wild boar hunts on horseback, and guest were delighted by these high adrenaline hunts. Our spring season goes until  mid December, its a great time to enjoy the nice Argentine spring weather hunting Black Buck and Axis deer— and why not swing by Cordoba and shoot some doves while you are in the neighborhood!  

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Report Tupungato – Season 2017

We had our best season ever in Tupungato in 2017. Our hunters enjoyed a 100 % success rate and all our guests took huge stags. We also harvested some nice fallow bucks and some pretty bad ass wild boars. From mid March unti the third week in April, the roar was absolutely crazy ! One morning, while hunting with one of our guests we counted 30 different  stags roaring in the same hidden valley. We expect nothing different in 2018. Still a couple of open spots available…how can you miss out on a sure thing?

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Red Stag Chile – Season 2017

Again in 2017, around the second week of March, Stags began coming down the mountains looking for hinds like clockwork. The roar was strong and steady until mid-April, probably peaking around March 26. We only harvested two bulls in 2017, but both were huge!! We decided to limit the season to only two stags since we noticed that there were many of the big boys that were still strong for the rut and able to handle the winter… also, there were a lot of hinds to cover. So for this past year, two was enough. For 2018, well have a good number of older stags to chase and we are expecting a new record anytime! We still have two open spots for 2018 due to a cancellation.

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Buenos Aires Big Game Hunting Report – Season 2013

Herds of blackbuck and axis deer enjoyed what seemed to be a limitless food supply and horn growth has been impressive. Deer are also thick and healthy, which bodes well heading into the leaner winter months. So far all guests participating in Crestones’ coveted shotgun/rifle hunts have shot trophies. We’re expecting a wonderful spring season from October through December, which is also prime time for dove shooting in Cordoba. Book now and take advantage of free-range game hunts combined with some of the best wingshooting in the world.

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Tupungato Red Stag Hunting Report – Season 2013

While shooting was restricted, we spent much of the season extensively scouting to determine how late the ranch could be hunted. The answer; from April to early June in 2014—opening the doors for high-demand combo hunts of red stag and ducks during the same trip. We’re also offering a handful of additional hunts to the calendar, but they book fast at this prime red stag destination. Contact us to learn more about limited availability for the upcoming season.

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Chile Red Stag Hunting Report – Season 2013

During the first week of March bulls began streaming down the mountains, out of the woods, and into the valleys. The rut was slightly delayed due to warmer weather in mid-month, peaking around March 25. Throughout the season we found prolific numbers of young stags poised to be exceptional trophies in the years to come. The outlook for next year, according to what we’ve documented, is exceptional. Expect to find plenty of big stags in the area. Remaining openings are filling fast. Book soon to ensure your 2014 shooting adventures.

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Junin Red Stag Hunting Report – Season 2013

Junin Ranch—home to one of the largest stable herds of Red Deer in northern Patagonia—produced another round of great hunts despite drier than normal conditions this past season. The difference is that our valleys remain lush with spring rains longer than others, luring foraging game within easy scoping distances. In addition to all guests bagging stags during the rut, we also enjoyed excellent wild boar action, and we’re expecting another great season in 2014. Come join us for a hunting experience of a lifetime in spectacular Patagonia.

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