Recently, I discovered three new outfitters in the Bariloche area whose hunts will likely interest a cross section of Hunting Report subscribers. At the same time, I also checked in on Estancia Baguales, which I have written about previously.
Turning to the new outfitters first, I'm very impressed with a place called Estancia Algar. The hunts on offer here are for medium to good (but not outstanding) stags, and they are priced accordingly. Estancia Algar is represented in the United States by Apogee Excursions.
The estancia has about 60,000 acres of very scenic terrain, with many high vantage points for observing stags and many streams. Average elevations run 2,000 to 3,000 feet, and hunting is only moderately strenuous. All hunting is done 1 x 1 with the assistance of Toyota Land Cruisers or on horseback. A typical day consists of about three hours horseback riding in the morning, with frequent pauses to glass and use a spotting scope, and if necessary, to stalk. At about 11:30, the guide calls a halt to the morning hunt, and prepares a traditional Argentine field luncheon, known as an asado. He grills beef sausages and thick slabs of steak over an open fire, and serves them with red wine, long baguettes of crusty bread, a nice tossed salad, cheese and perhaps flan for dessert. Then ensues a long siesta, and at about 3:30 the hunt resumes.
Shooting distances here average 200 to 250 yards, so one does not really have to bring a magnum rifle here. A moderate caliber such as the 270, 280 or 30-06 is sufficient. Hunters will typically see five to 20 shootable stags........(continued)