Big game hunters who also wingshoot are likely familiar with the well-respected company David Denies Wingshooting, which has been offering dove and duck shoots in Argentina for more than 25 years. And those who are also flyfishermen will know the high quality lodges operated by Nervous Waters, in business since 1984. What you may not know is that these are both under the same umbrella company and have now started a big game hunting operation called Red Stag Patagonia. I caught up recently with Sebastian F. Casado, the motive force behind the new company, to learn more about the operation and their offerings.
Casado worked as a fly fishing guide in Patagonia for seven years for both Nervous Waters and David Denies. Eventually, he started arranging his own custom fishing and wingshooting trips. When more of his clients voiced an interest in trophy red stag hunting, he approached Nervous Waters and David Denies to create Red Stag Patagonia. He is now managing partner in Red Stag Patagonia and does some guiding himself, especially for bowhunters. He is a bowhunter himself, having learned effective techniques in Idaho and Montana on elk and now applying them to red stag.
According to Casado, Red Stag Patagonia has secured three areas offering different experiences for different hunters. Their star area is a new and very limited opportunity in Chile for huge stags. Continuing subscribers will remember our 2002 report on another such opportunity for stags scoring in the 370- to 380-plus SCI range. (See article ID 1001 in our database.) This new opportunity promises to produce stags every bit as good.