Located in the Neuquen Province, of Argentina in Lanin National Park, Chacabuco is a 100 percent fair- chase destination, one of the most challenging hunts in Argentina.
This amazing area will remind you of what a big game hunt in the U.S. old west was like. You will go by horseback through the beautiful natural scenery of Argentina’s Patagonia in the foothills of the Andes. Your quest will be the elusive Red Stag.
The season opens March 1 and runs through mid April, when the rut is at its peak. This is a limited time but will put all hunters in prime dates to hunt the rut.
On arrival you will pass the first night Lago Hermoso Lodge and prepare for your hunt. Relax with dinner, drinks and a good night’s rest. Early the next morning you will be driven to rendezvous with your guide and gaucho. From there you depart on horseback for camp. You will be staying in a spacious high quality tent with room enough for you and your gear. You will be provided a “cold weather” sleeping bag with a folding cot.
What to bring:
During the hunting season, highs can reach the upper 70’s and nights can dip into the low 40s. (Wind in always present).
- Light rain gear that stows away easily. (dress in layers for warmth)
- Camouflage and/or neutral-colored khaki or olive clothing is recommended for Stag hunting.
- A warm, windproof jacket.
- An ankle-high pair of waterproof hiking boots will be sufficient
- High quality binoculars
- camera with protective case
- 2 pair hunting pants
- 2 shirts/tops
- 4 or 5 pairs of socks (2 or 3 of them thermal or Smart wool)
- long thermal underwear (tops and bottoms)
warm waterproof hunting gloves (gore-tex recommended)
- wool sweater or fleece jacket
- waterproof hat
- knit hat
- comfortable shoes for the camp or lodge
- sunscreen!!! (for skin and lips)
- 1 headlamp
- 1 flashlight and extra batteries
- day pack for carrying necessities/extras on the hunt
- earplugs (in case you need to check your rifle)
- range finder (if you’d like to have one
- knee pads and/or elbow pads (optional for stalking on rocky ground)
- shooting bipod or tripod (if you prefer to have one)
- camo face mask (if you like wearing one when you make a stalk)
- swiss army knife or similar
- .sunglasses (preferably with hard case)
- personal medications and toiletries
This list is based on a typical Red Stag hunt in Argentina. Sometimes you may be crawling on hands and knees in rough and rocky terrain. Take a daypack big enough to hold your raingear and necessities and to stow extra layers as it gets warmer.