Found! A Quality Stag Hunt For Under $4,000


Published: December - 1997

European hunters have been going to Argentina for red stag for many years because the costs of stag hunting there are in general much lower than in Europe. However, American hunters have just begun to catch on to that fact, and I predict even more Americans will be heading to Argentina once they hear about outfitters such as Cano and Cane St. Antoine. These brothers are long-time successful stag hunt outfitters, and they offer what I think is the best bargain in Argentina for a quality stag hunt. The hunt takes place on a rugged, mountainous peninsula that juts out into Lake Nahuel Huapi in the heart of the Argentine Andes. The famous fishing and skiing resort, Bariloche, is located on the shores of the same lake. This area features some of the most beautiful scenery in South America, commanding many spectacular views of rivers and lakes and snow-covered mountains. At times, hunters pass through cathedral-like forests of enormous old trees.

Hunting is done on foot, on horseback, by stalking or by waiting in blinds by salt blocks, in the company of experienced guides. These guides wear long woolen or alpaca ponchos, and cut very romantic figures. They are outstanding horsemen and stalkers. The terrain is rugged, alternating between open fields and dense forests, with deep ravines and steep valleys, and requires that a hunter be in at least fairly good shape. However, good four-wheel-drive vehicles can take a lot of the rigors out of the hunt for older or less fit hunters. This is strictly a fair-chase hunt; there are no enclosures.

The St. Antoine brothers maintain a high level of trophy quality by insisting that all stags must be at least eight years old to qualify as fair game, and they impose a heavy fine on hunters who disregard the guides' instructions and shoot stags under eight years of age. In point of fact, most stags taken are well over the eight-year minimum. They also maintain trophy quality by limiting the number of hunters, accepting only 15 a year. They have to turn away hunters most........(continued)

 
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