Of course, the demand from Argentine hunters has been there all along, but it's increasing now, what with the greater prosperity of Argentina. European hunters are coming in greater numbers for the simple reason that it is so much more economical to hunt red stag in Argentina than it is in most parts of Europe, and because it provides an off-season hunting opportunity for them. Remember, the seasons are reversed in the southern hemisphere. Finally, every year sees more and more Argentine outfitters promoting stag hunts at the Safari Club International Convention, and enticing more and more Americans to come to Argentina for stag.
All of this means more and more competition for the best stags and the best hunting areas. In this competition, American hunters are in general at a distinct disadvantage. They are at a disadvantage to the Argentines simply because the Argentines are playing on their home court, so to speak, and know it vastly better than any foreigner could possibly know it. They are at a disadvantage to the Europeans because the Europeans have been hunting stag on their home turf in Europe for many years and know all about the best times and techniques for red stag hunting. Here are a few guidelines to help the American hunter level the playing field.
In the first place, it is usually essential to go during the rut. The rut generally runs about March 17 or 18 to about April 5 or 6, give or take a few days either way. The smart hunter will be in........(continued)