Red Stag Junin

JUNIN DE LOS ANDES, NEUQUEN, ARGENTINA
Red Stag & Wild Boar

Our hunting lodge is located within a 100,000-acre family owned estancia in the high desert foothills of the Andes. Situated in the province of Neuquen, approximately 40 miles southeast of San Martin de Los Andes, the ranch is a 2hr drive from Bariloche and San Martin airports.

The surrounding landscape includes lush green valleys irrigated by small creeks, set against a backdrop of high peaks. It is these rich pastures that concentrate the game, in particular, the red stag that comes here to feed. Aside from the red stag, the area is inhabited by a wide variety of animals such as Guanacos (a type of Llama), Choique (ostrich), Wild Boar, Pumas, Foxes and much more.

The Red Stag hunting season occurs during the rut—known in Argentina as the brama. The vast estancia is entirely un-fenced and hunters typically encounter several herds of deer throughout the day. Pairs of hunters are accompanied by one of our guides, with an intimate knowledge of the terrain. Guests will move to the chosen hunting grounds by a combination of trucks and horses and then progress on foot for the hunt.

Hunters will stay in a newly refurbished house, close to the main estancia. With wood stoves and a cozy living room. This simple but comfortable lodge is the perfect place to unwind after a day’s hunting.

LODGE LOCATION

The estancia is located in the Collon Cura region in the province of Neuquen, 40 miles from San Martin de Los Andes and 80 miles from Bariloche, the largest city in southwestern Argentina.
Our Ranch is right in the heart of the Red Deer population area in the high desert foothills of the Andes. Also, some of the best trout streams of Northern Patagonia are in the same area, so trout fishing is very easy to combine or add to your hunt.

GETTING THERE

Hunters fly from Buenos Aires to Bariloche or San Martin, two major cities in south Patagonia serve with daily flights.
Guests will be collected from the local airport by the ranch staff and then driven to the lodge.

Facilities & Services

THE LODGE

The Junin Lodge is about as delightful a hunting lodge as anyone could hope for-in fact is amazingly comfortable and well-appointed considering it is located in a very remote area of Patagonia. Junin Lodge will accommodate 6 people ( 4 hunters and 2 non-hunters) in three double rooms, in addition to the bedrooms, there are all the niceties one would expect at a fine hunting destination, including a dining room, sitting room, a bar, plus satellite phone and television if you don’t want to “unplug” completely while you are away. Daily maid service is provided, and meals feature local Argentine cuisine with fine wines, as well as traditional Argentine “asados” ( barbecue) and delicious desserts. Guns are available for rent if you would prefer to travel without a firearm, and non-hunters can pursue activities such as fly fishing, horseback riding, and hiking outings.

 

FOOD AND DRINK

Our kitchens come to life through the use of fresh and regionally representative meats and produce. By combining these elements, we create delicious flavors and varied textures that harbor hidden stories and package traditions on each plate. An experienced chef, trained in both local and classic culinary techniques, execute our food.
Days start breakfast that includes a variety of homemade bread, jam, meadow honey, fresh fruit, natural yogurts, and cereals. We also offer eggs prepared in different ways.
Our cook at Junin Lodge use only the highest quality local meats, both beef, and deer. Our camp barbecues are famous.
The evening meal is a celebration of fine dining in a casual setting, and it is a chance for our house chef to really shine. there are the desserts. Each day brings a new dessert, from flan to our local delight, dulce de leche, plus fruit, homemade ice creams, and pies.

WINES

Our lunch and dinner menus are paired with some of Argentina’s— best wines.

Alcoholic Beverages

The Lodge carries a basic selection of alcoholic beverages. If there is any special brand or type of liquor that you like we recommend to bring it yourself.

THE HUNTING

• Morning hunts depart the lodge well before dawn.

• Drives vary depending on the chosen hunting area. Usually between 20 to 45 minutes away.

• A pair of hunters will be accompanied by a guide, all of whom speak English. When on horseback, the hunting party will also have a gaucho (wrangler) to assist with the horses.

• We have a camp right in the hunting area for lunch and a siesta. Evening hunts last until dark.

• In addition to trophy stags, there are opportunities to hunt cull deer, wild boar, and puma. The cats are just for the pictures since so far Argentina fish & game is not issuing export permits.

• We do trophy preparation at the ranch.

The ranch has good roads so most of the time we move around on trucks into glassing spots, then proceed on foot for the final stalks. The most remote areas of the ranch are only accessible on horseback or by foot.

THE DAILY PROGRAM

Mornings start early, with a wakeup call well before daylight, followed by a hearty breakfast. A truck ride will then put you in the designated hunting area before sunrise. You’ll hunt until mid-morning, returning to the lodge or midday camp for lunch and perhaps a siesta. The evening hunt continues until dark returning to the house for cocktails, apetizzers, and dinner.

Red Stag

We are located right in the heart of the Andes high desert hills range. Is one of the most stag densed populated area in the country and is very common to see hundreds of deer a day.

Hunting in northern patagonia is very similar to the hunting in the rockies, where hiking and horse backing is the norm. The best time of the year to chase big bulls is during the peak of the rut, which is usually between mid-march and mid-april.

This part of Northern Patagonia were our ranch is located, offers the possibility of combining red deer hunting with great trout fishing. The best stag country is crisscrossed by some of the best trout streams in South America. This is a great option for a non-hunting partner. There are also plenty of huge wild boars in the area.

Wild Boar

Wild boar (Sus scrofa) from Europe were introduced into Patagonia (Argentina) around 1890 Their colonization pattern follows rivers and lakes, moving vertically from the original release site on the eastern desert hills to the western forested mountains. During the last 60 years, the area occupied by wild boar has increased throughout all Patagonia.

Our ranch in Junin has a permanent populations of pigs and during the Red Stag rut is common to see big tuskers among sow and pigglets. It’s a great added hunt !

Season

Lodge Specie Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Red Stag Tupungato Red Stag, Fallow Deer, Wild Boar
Red Stag Junin Red Stag, Wild Boar
Big Game Buenos Aires Wild Boar, Axis Deer, Blackbuck Antelope, Fallow Deer & Water Buffalo
Red Stag Chile Red Stag

Hunting Gear

RIFLE SLING: It’s important that your rifle has a comfortable sling.

BINOCULARS: A good pair of 8 or 10 X or binoculars is a must.

RANGE FINDER: Our guides all have range finders and they will measure distances for you. But bringing your personal one is always useful.

SHOOTING STICKS: Bring your personal favourite (bipods, tripods), which ever you like best and feel more confident shooting from. The guides will have in case you don’t bring one.

WARM HAT – Something with ear flaps or a ski-style hat that will cover ears is the best bet for colder days.

SMALL FIELD BAG or DAY PACK- To carry camera gear and other personal items into the field.

INSECT REPELLENT – Mosquitoes or other bothersome insects are very unusual in the field. You can bring your personal preference of insect repellent just in case. Sometimes you can find yellow jackets around campsites.

MEDICATION – Most people have no stomach problems in this part of Argentina. Nevertheless, it’s a good idea, as when traveling anywhere, to take along medication for symptomatic relief. Also, take aspirin, in addition to other medications you normally use. Band-aids – for sore fingers from shooting.

 NOTE: LAUNDRY SERVICE IS AVAILABLE AT THE LODGE IF DESIRED.

GUNS

In selecting which gun to use, it boils down to personal preference.
Neuquen province has a general weapon season so clients can choose which kind of gun/bow they want to use. The most common gun for such a hunt is a typical bolt action rifle with a good scope. Good chamberings are 270 Win, 30-06, 7 mm Rem Mag, 300 Win Mag, 300 RUM, etc. For Bowhunting, the same type of equipment you will use for Elk, will work for Red Stag. 60 to 70 Lbs compound bows with 400+ gr arrows and good, sharp broadheads.
For Wild Boar, the same guns that we use for Stag are fine.
Muzzleloaders, handguns and open sight guns are welcome too.

GUNS AVAILABLE FOR RENT

Many of our guests agree that renting guns from the lodge can be much easier than applying for gun entry permits and traveling with them internationaly.

It’s easy to rent a gun from the lodge. We have a good selection of accurate rifles that are appropriate for these type of hunts. All our rifles sport high quality scopes. The lodge manager or your guide will note the specific rental rifle you want to use. That gun will be yours for the duration of your stay. However, you are welcome to change guns and try something different. There are no add-on fees to switch. We want you to shoot a gun you’re comfortable and effective with!

           

We use only Z-Max gun lubircants to clean and lube our guns.

 

Read about Trophy Export Procedures

Red Stag

We are located right in the heart of the Andes high desert hills range. Is one of the most stag densed populated area in the country and is very common to see hundreds of deer a day.

Hunting in northern patagonia is very similar to the hunting in the rockies, where hiking and horse backing is the norm. The best time of the year to chase big bulls is during the peak of the rut, which is usually between mid-march and mid-april.

This part of Northern Patagonia were our ranch is located, offers the possibility of combining red deer hunting with great trout fishing. The best stag country is crisscrossed by some of the best trout streams in South America. This is a great option for a non-hunting partner. There are also plenty of huge wild boars in the area.

Wild Boar

Wild boar (Sus scrofa) from Europe were introduced into Patagonia (Argentina) around 1890 Their colonization pattern follows rivers and lakes, moving vertically from the original release site on the eastern desert hills to the western forested mountains. During the last 60 years, the area occupied by wild boar has increased throughout all Patagonia.

Our ranch in Junin has a permanent populations of pigs and during the Red Stag rut is common to see big tuskers among sow and pigglets. It’s a great added hunt !

Red Stag Junin Lodge

Rates

WEEKLY RATES:

5 nights/4 days hunting: . …………….. . . . .$5,950 per person (Flat fee)

Observer Guests: . . . . . . . . ………….. . . . . .$395 per night

Extra Red Stag Trophy:. . . . ……… . . . . . $3,500

Gun Rental:. . . ……………………………….. . .. .. . $250.00 per person for the stay

Wild Boar:. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ……… . .. .  . .$1,000

Trophy Export Certificates . . ……….. .. . .$550 p/person

TRANSFERS RATES 2 to 5 passengers: $225 Round Trip p/ person

Passenger:  $250 per way.

  • PAYMENT TERMS: 50% deposit is required to guarantee booking. Final payment is due 60 days before departure. Please note this deposit is NON REFUNDABLE unless a replacement is found.
  • INCLUDED: Lodging, Meals, all wines, beer, and local spirits; Professional guide service (2:1); Hunting license; 1 trophy Red Stag, and Trophy preparation.
  • NOT INCLUDED: Transfers in/out of local airport; Gratuities for guides and house staff; Airfares; Gun entry permits; Gun Rental; Extra trophies, Trophy export & sanity certificates; Trophy Shipment; Argentine custom broker fees; Phone calls; Sightseeing Tours, Fishing trips, etc.; Any items of a strictly personal nature; Baggage overweight charges; Personal and baggage insurance; Cost of itinerary modifications requested by passenger; Buenos Aires transfers and hotels.
  • ARGENTINA ENTRY/ RECIPROCITY FEE: Citizens of Canada and Australia visiting the country for tourism or business, before joining the Argentina, must pay the so-called reciprocity rate being a requirement of admission to visit the country. Reciprocity fee MUST BE PRE-PAID online prior to departure (click here) and click on pay your reciprocity fee.

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