Red Stag Tupungato

Mendoza, Argentina
Red Stag, Fallow Deer & Wild Boar

 

Red Stag Patagonia is proud to offer a hunting program on one of the best red stag preserves in South America. Owned by one of the oldest families in Mendoza, your hosts have been breeding and managing red stag herds for the last 20 years. By inter breeding local stock with some of the very best bloodlines from Europe and New Zealand, they have today some of the biggest and healthiest herds in the country.

A beautiful boutique lodge located right in the middle of a vineyard, only 10 minutes from the ranch serve as out main base were guest stay during the hunt. Also up in the mountains we have a high-end camp were hunters usually lunch, nap and even overnight is necesary.

This exclusive preserve spans 25,000 acres and sits on the upper levels of this huge ranch (150.00 acres). On the lower-elevation grounds, the family operates a productive white wine vineyard as well as cherries, walnuts and other fine crops. The property is set against a backdrop of some of the highest peaks in the Andes. Mount Tupungato, visible from every corner of the ranch, is one of the highest volcanoes in the world. A couple of 20 + thousand feet peaks are within the ranch west boundry.

The fertile valleys of the Mendoza Andean foothills provide perfect habitat for red deer, were they develope impressive racks, with some specimens naturally reaching the 450 SCI + class. Elsewhere, Stags of this size are only found in breeding farms in New Zealand and Europe.

LODGE LOCATION

The ranch is located in the Tupungato region of Mendoza province on Western Argentina. Only 85 Kilometers (50 miles) south of the Mendoza city airport.

Is one of the biggest and oldest working ranches in this part of the country. Its 150.000 acres propety that goes from the Uco Valley all the way to the highest peaks of the Andes right in the border with Chile. The ranch has as amazing views of the Uco Valley where some of the best winerys of the Argentina are located. Also some of the highest peaks in the American Continent are within the ranch boundries with a couple over 20.000 ft. The views are stunning!

The lodge sit among vinyards on the valley and a 30 min ride puts you right into the hunting grounds.

Getting There

Mendoza city airport is serve with several daily flights either from Buenos Aires (1:45 min Flight) or Santiago de Chile (45 min flight).

Hunters will be picked up by the lodge staff at the airport and transferred to the lodge. The ride usually takes 1 hour.

Facilities & Services

THE LODGE

The logde has a max. capacity for 10 people (6 hunters & 4 non-hunters).
There are several non hunting activities like horseback riding, hiking, sightseen tours, birdwatching, trout fishing, etc. Some of the best wineries of the country are in the area, so half or full day wine tours can be arranged.
All the usual amenities like Wifi, Laundry service, etc area available.

FOOD AND DRINK

Our kitchen use only fresh and regionally product some of them grown at the ranch. By combining these elements, we create a delicious local cuisine. Ours experienced cook, trained in both local and classic culinary techniques, execute our food.

Days start with a hearty breakfast that includes a variety of homemade breads, jam, meadow honey, fresh fruit, natural yogurts, and cereals. We also offer eggs prepared in different ways.

We use only the highest quality local meats. Also game is prepared and presented during midday and night meals.

 

WINES

Our lunch and dinner menus are paired with some of Argentina’s best wines, most of them grown in the area.

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

Hunters depart the lodge with their guides well before dawn, to be positioned at glassing spots before day break. 4×4 trucks , ATVs and horses are used to access hunting areas. The ranch has good roads so most of it is accessible by vehicle. To the most remote and steap areas we ususally access on horsesback.


All the hunting done in the ranch follows a strict management plan, only old mature Stags are harvested. Your guide will let you know which bull is shootable or not.


Drives vary depending on the selected hunting area, but range from 20 to 45 minutes. The guiding can be one-on-one or two-on-one depending on guest references.  All our professional guides speaks English. When on horseback, the hunting party is usually escorted by a gaucho (wrangler), who takes care of the horses. In the evening we hunt till there is enough light to get out of the mountin safely.


Depending on the hunting conditions hunters return for lunch and nap to the lodge or to the mountain camp. The hunts can be accomodated all the way from hikes into the high country looking for lonely big stags or sitting on a blind overlooking a wallow on a valley or river bottom.


On addition to the finest red stag hunting in South America, the ranch has a growing population of Fallow Deer and every season some beautifull bucks are harversted. Also pure wild European Boar thrive as well in the area as is a good adittion to the deer hunts.

THE DAILY PROGRAM

Mornings start early, followed by a breakfast then a short ride will then put you in the designated hunting area before sunrise. You’ll hunt usually until mid morning, returning to the lodge or camp for lunch and perhaps a siesta.

The evening hunt continues until a little bit before dark. We always quit hunting with enoghy light to return safely to the truck or trailhead. Sometimes full day hunts are arranged and in those cases we pack lunches and spend all day out there.

THE RED STAG

Red Deer is fairly new in this part of the country compare to Patagonia. Around 30 years ago some small herds start to show up in the area migrating from the south. Those first wanderers plus the introduction of pure bloodlines from New Zeland and Europe and a perfect endless habitat, produce in this part of the Andes mountains a Red Stag Heaven. Good, strict management contribute to having today the best herds of Red Stags in the country in terms of quality, health, and beauty.
Our Ranch is the core of this Stag population and we have exclusive and private access to the finest hunting grounds in this corner of Argentina.

Fallow Deer

Fallow Deer were introduced into Argentina around 1900s, first in northwestern Patagonia and then in other locations around the country. Some years later some were taken into Chile from Argentine populations. Chileans doing some good management and improving original bloodlines managed to have the biggest Fallow Deer bucks of South America.
In the 70s some were transported from Patagonia to a ranch not far from ours in Mendoza, where they did great spreading through all that area. Around 10 years ago we started a Fallow Deer breeding program in order to improve the local wild herds. Bloodlines from Chile and Europe were brought, and by mixing them with the healthy local stock, we had great success on improving the deer antler grow.
Today we can proudly say that although is still limited, we have the best Fallow Deer hunting in South America.

Wild Boar

Wild Boar (Sus Scofa) was the first non- native game animal introduced in Argentina by the early Spanish conquistadores. Later in the  19 century more pure european boars were introduced in Patagonia and central Argentina. Rapidly they expanded through major areas of the country.
They arrived to the foothills of the Andes in Mendoza not long ago, coming from southern Mendoza and northern Patagonia. Today the area boost a great population of pure wild european boars. Pigs are seen all the time during the Stag hunts, but the bigger boars are more common later in the season.

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.

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.
Menodza 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 Bow hunting, 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 Fallow Deer and 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

THE RED STAG

Red Deer is fairly new in this part of the country compare to Patagonia. Around 30 years ago some small herds start to show up in the area migrating from the south. Those first wanderers plus the introduction of pure bloodlines from New Zeland and Europe and a perfect endless habitat, produce in this part of the Andes mountains a Red Stag Heaven. Good, strict management contribute to having today the best herds of Red Stags in the country in terms of quality, health, and beauty.
Our Ranch is the core of this Stag population and we have exclusive and private access to the finest hunting grounds in this corner of Argentina.

Fallow Deer

Fallow Deer were introduced into Argentina around 1900s, first in northwestern Patagonia and then in other locations around the country. Some years later some were taken into Chile from Argentine populations. Chileans doing some good management and improving original bloodlines managed to have the biggest Fallow Deer bucks of South America.
In the 70s some were transported from Patagonia to a ranch not far from ours in Mendoza, where they did great spreading through all that area. Around 10 years ago we started a Fallow Deer breeding program in order to improve the local wild herds. Bloodlines from Chile and Europe were brought, and by mixing them with the healthy local stock, we had great success on improving the deer antler grow.
Today we can proudly say that although is still limited, we have the best Fallow Deer hunting in South America.

Wild Boar

Wild Boar (Sus Scofa) was the first non- native game animal introduced in Argentina by the early Spanish conquistadores. Later in the  19 century more pure european boars were introduced in Patagonia and central Argentina. Rapidly they expanded through major areas of the country.
They arrived to the foothills of the Andes in Mendoza not long ago, coming from southern Mendoza and northern Patagonia. Today the area boost a great population of pure wild european boars. Pigs are seen all the time during the Stag hunts, but the bigger boars are more common later in the season.

Red Stag Tupungato Lodge

Rates

WEEKLY RATES:

5 nights/4 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ….. $ 8,950 (Includes 1 trophy Stag up to 320 SCI points)
Non Hunters 5/4 program . . . . . .. . . . $ 3,500

Gun Rental . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. … . . $ 100 per day

Sanity & Export Certificates . . . . . . . . $ 650
Wild Boar . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . …… .. .$ 1,000

Extra Red Stag Trophy . . According to trophy fee list

Fallow Deer . . . . . . . . . . . According to trophy fee list

  • 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: Transfer in/out Mendoza airport, lodging with full board, professional guide service; hunting license; trophy preparation; 1 trophy Red Stag (up to 320 SCI), larger stags will be charged according to the trophy fee list; lunches at the ranch.
  • NOT INCLUDED: Gratuities for guides and house staff; airfares; gun entry permits; gun rental; extra trophies, trophy export & sanity certificates; argentine custom broker fees;Trophy Shipment; phone calls; sightseeing tours, wine tours, etc; items of a strictly personal nature; overweight baggage charges; personal and baggage insurance; 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.

RED STAG TROPHY FEE UPGRADES (SCI)

321 to 340. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $ 2,500

341 to 360. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $ 4,500

361 to 380. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $ 7,500

381 to 400. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $ 13,000

401 to 420. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $ 19,000

421 to 440. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $ 24,500

440 +. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Price on request

2ND STAG TROPHY FEE RATES (SCI)

Up to 300. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . $ 4,000

301 to 320. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $ 5,000

321 to 340. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $ 6,500

341 to 360. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $ 8,500

361 to 380. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $ 11,500

381 to 400. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $ 17,000

401 to 420. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $ 23,000

421 to 440. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $ 28,500

440 +. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Price on request

FALLOW DEER TROPHY FEE RATES (SCI)

Bronze . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$ 3,000

Silver . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $ 4,000

Gold . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$ 5,500

*Prices are in USD

Videos

  • Collecting a few sheds at Tupungato

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