ARGENTINA RED STAG, DOVES, DUCKS & WATER BUFFALO # 33

ARGENTINA RED STAG, DOVES, DUCKS & WATER BUFFALO # 33

Argentina is a land blessed with a huge variety of hunting and fishing opportunities. Most American hunters are aware of the world class hot barrel dove shooting in Cordoba, but fewer know that big red stags are roaring and fighting in the plains and hills; or that herds of black buck antelope imported from India abound, or that big wild boar, huge water buffalo, Axis deer and many other big game animals abound. For us here at Butch Manasse Outdoor Adventures, it has been one of our favorite places to send our clients to. World class hunting, awesome hospitality, exceptionally reasonable pricing and virtually 100% success for every client, with huge smiles and many trophy pictures. We like Argentina, and so do our clients! We have sent hundreds of them to Argentina, and continue to do so every year.

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Red Stag Hunting

This outfitter has his own hunting ground in the Province of La Pampa, which is one of the best stag areas in Argentina. He hunts approximately 33,000 acres of century-old scrublands where the red stag reigns king. Other then hunters, they compete in the free range with wild boar and puma. In this area, animals wander wild and free in their natural environment. Many hunters will take a big stag in a day or two, then decide to hunt another one!

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The stalking starts very early in the morning, before dawn. Drive a short way to the area you will hunt, and then open up your ears! You will listen to the stags as they roar and bellow. Once dawn breaks , you approach to the animal and assess its horns to determine if it is a worthy trophy. Around noon you return to the lodge to enjoy a hearty meal, rest for a short while, and start the ritual once again in the afternoon.

The land is very arid, gentle and rolling with scrub woodland and some high grasses. It always reminds us of similar areas in Africa, and the roaring stags can easily sound like a pride of lions bellowing their supremacy to the entire world. In short, walking here is very easy and the stalks great fun. You will hear many stags every day between early March and late April. Pick a deep throaty roar, then sneak in to check him out. And you get to do this multiple times every single day- far different from a typical elk hunt where days can pass without sight of any horns.

Lodging
Your lodge is located near the hunting area. Their country-style house has 4 double rooms all with private bathrooms, a great dining area and a lounge room where hunters may relax and enjoy an after-dinner drink.

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Your every need will be catered to, so you can be assured that you will relax and enjoy your hunt.

Transfers:

You fly first to Buenos Aires, typically flying all night, and arriving in the early AM hours. You are met at the international airport (Ezeiza). Then, depending on the hour of arrival and traffic, you may be taken directly to the domestic airport for your flight to La Pampa, or you may be required to overnight in BA, in which case you are again escorted to your hotel, although you must pay for the room and meals when not at the camp.

 
All vehicle transfers are done in late model 4-Wheel drive vehicles. They take care of all transfers to and from airports in Buenos Aires and at the domestic airport. You, as their “guest” – will be accompanied by their staff at all times, from the moment you arrive until your departure.

NOTICE: Recent law changes made it difficult to bring in your own gun, but recent suspensions of that law have helped make it easier! (PLS. CHECK WITH US AS THIS IS POSSIBLY GETTING BETTER!) Regardless, you process through easily if you do not bring a firearm, or bring your own and we can help guide you through the process.
NOTE THE $160 RECIPROCITY FEE THAT WAS MANDATORY HAS NOW BEEN SUSPENDED SO THERE IS NO NEED TO PAY THAT UNLESS YOU STAY LONGER THEN 90 DAYS OR ARE A REPEAT VISITOR.

Weather:
The Province of La Pampa has a wide array of weather conditions. During the early fall hunts of March/April, expect chilly mornings followed by warm days. Rain is rate but happens. Figure nights can creep down into the low 40’s, daytimes can be 55 to 85. Layer your clothing.

Season:
The hunting season for these trophies are as follows:

Red Stag – March to April
Wild Boar – All year round

Water Buffalo- year round
Puma – March to September (importability is subject to changing rules- check with us).
Scottish Black Face – All year round
Four-Horn Ram – All year round
Wild Goat – All year round

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Guns, Ammunition and Regulations:
Argentina regulations for temporary gun imports are straight forward. By filling one simple form on arrival, you will avoid any unnecessary delays at the international airport.

GUN TRANSPORT: YOU MUST HAVE 600 PESOS (not US money!) WITH YOU, ABOUT $120 US. You will expedite gun processing if you do this money exchange before leaving the US! You will need your passport to change money. Ask us for the gun import forms and rules.

If you prefer to rent guns the outfitter has fine quality 243, 308, 270, 338, 375 and 458 scoped rifles.

As far as the Immigration Department is concerned North American citizens do not require visas to come into the country, BUT YOU MUST HAVE PAID THE $160 IMMIGRATION FEE, BEFORE LEAVING THE US.

How to Get Here:
Our international airport in Buenos Aires is Ministro Pistarini (Ezeiza). Once here, their staff will be expecting you and will assist you, including doing your transfer to the domestic airport. If traffic is bad it can take 1.5 hours to get there, instead of the usual 35 minutes. Then a one-hour flight to Santa Rosa where you will be greeted and taken to their lodge. That is at about a one-hour drive.

You must take into account that flights to La Pampa are not operative on a daily basis (usually M,W and Fri.), therefore we strongly recommend you to ask us about this, in order to make your itinerary coincide with hunting dates. Another option is to arrive in Buenos Aires and charter a plane to Santa Rosa (1hr. 20 min). With a large group a charter may be economical, but figure it will cost 2 to 4 times the domestic fare of around $375 r/t from BA to Santa Rosa. You can also hire a driver and vehicle, but it is at least an 8 hour ride.

Domestic Flights: R/T from BA to Santa Rosa and back: no way to be certain- about $375 now. I think if you decide to do 6 days and depart day 7 the plane weekly schedules should work fine- but we will need to stay flexible until we get the airline schedules and your dates. On occasion a charter flight can be arranged if someone has timing issues.

Hotel in BA: In 2013 the domestic airline shifted it’s flights to an earlier time, and we found that clients could not make the transfer from the International Terminal at Eziza to the domestic terminal (about 90 minutes cross town) in time to catch the domestic flights. If that schedule continues, you may have to overnight in BA. I do that normally anyway, as it gives me a chance to get a decent nights sleep and spend 22/3rds of a day seeing BA and getting a nice meal. Hotels vary in price, but we have a concierge service thru the outfitter, who picks you up, transports you to hotel, arranges local transport, takes you to domestic airport next day. Figure a rough $200 for the room etc. Normally on the way home, this is not an issue.

Tips and trophy shipments are extra. Trophy shipments back to the US typically run $1000 or more. Check with your customs broker for a more accurate figure.

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Pricing:

RED STAG HUNT :

Stay in  a 5- star lodge and your are accommodated in double suites. INCLUDES: Reception at airports, transfers, full meals and beverages (including hard drinks), all ground transportation, accommodation in own lodge, and guides.   $4000.

Regular hunt price
Daily Rate
1 Hunter (1×1) US$ 350 per day per hunter
Non-hunting companion US$ 200 per day per person

Prices of other species:
– 2nd Red Stag U$S 3000
– Water Buffalo U$S 2500/4000
– Black Buck U$S 1300
– Scottish Black Face U$S 1000
– Four Horn U$S 1000
– Wild Boar U$S 700/1000
– Wild Goat U$S 700
– Fallow Deer U$S 1800
– Pigeon U$S 600 per day

  

OBSERVERS: $200/DAY.

You can also add one or two days to hunt doves/pigeons in high volume; with 1000 shots per day not unusual. The cost is US $600 per hunter per day.

NOT INCLUDED
The hunting License US$ 400 per hunter
Gun Permit US$ 120 per gun
Gun rental US$ 70 per day
Plane Tickets US$ 300 (round trip domestic flight Buenos Aires/La Pampa)
Overnight in Buenos Aires city, personal expenses, international phone calls and tips.

 

3 DAY WATERFOWL HUNT:  BUENOS AIRES, 3 full hunting days, 4 nights.  $2100/person

Season-April 15th-August 1st

You can expect with normal conditions to shoot between 200 and 250 rounds a day at over 8 different types of species of ducks such as White-faced Whistling-Duck, Silver Teal, Speckled Teal, Brown Pintail, Southern Wigeon, Red Shoveler (male), White-cheeked Pintail, Rosy-billed Pochard, Black-headed Duck , and 2 types of geese. Shooting begins at daybreak and runs all the way up to 11 am. Then you return to the lodge for lunch and some rest. About 4 pm you go back to your shooting spots and go on until night falls.

We may be shooting by a lakeside on dry ground, or from boats or drums located in the water. Every spot will have decoys set up and every hunter will be assisted by a bird-boy whose job is to make sure the hunter’s needs are catered for. Bird-boys will have calls. To pick up downed ducks and geese we will be using retrieving dog such as Labs after the hunt is over. We will also provide hunters with boots, waders, capes, etc. Please tip the bird boys.

The regular take per hunter is between 40-50 ducks per day, and 10 geese per day.

Hunting Area:
The hunting area where this program takes place is Carlos Casares, in the heart of the Province of Buenos Aires. Thousands of acres in this area grow corn, wheat, sunflower, soy and other crops. Over the last 10 years these areas have often suffered great floods. Due to these floods, every year hundreds of fields cannot be harvested making it waterfowl’s favorite habitat. These new lake have turned this area into a perfect breeding place without the need to migrate.

Bird Lodge:
Their lodge is only 20 minutes away from most of the  hunting places. It is a picturesque ranch with 5 bedrooms with complete bathrooms, a great room with a fireplace, and a dining-room. All rooms are heated. Their staff of housekeepers and cooks will offer you a wide variety of international dishes and you will sip their world-known fine wines. Non-hunters may enjoy day-long horseback rides visiting the surrounding area and traditional ranches.

Transfers:
All transfers are done in Mercedes Benz/ or similar vans that can take up to 13 passengers. Hunts are done in rugged 4-Wheel-Drive vehicles.

Does not include:

          Hunting license U$S 60 dollars per day per hunter

          Ammunition U$S 15 dollars per box25

          Gun rental (if they do not wish to bring their own) U$S 70 dollars per day per hunter

          Tips U$S 100 dollars per hunter (for all concept during trip)

          Non-hunter U$S 200 dollars per day

          Extra day of hunting U$S 700 dollars per day per hunter

          Possibility of combining with pigeon hunting U$S 600 dollars per day per hunter

3 Day Dove and Pigeon Program: DOVE & PIGEONS CORDOBA, 3 DAYS, 4 NIGHTS,  with 2000 SHELLS –  $2100.

Argentina is the premiere destination to shoot doves and pigeons. This program offers the chance to hunt these birds with no limit, AND IMPORTANTLY IT INCLUDES 2000 SHELLS! That is 80 boxes of shells which normally are $15/box!

 It is commonplace for hunters to shoot between 750 to 1500 rounds per day. Shooting starts early in the mornings when birds fly towards the fields for feeding. At noon you give sore shoulders a break and stop to have an outdoor luncheon in the countryside. You will get superb service and taste their world reknown beef and fine wines – or ice-cold beer. After lunch, the hunt continues till late afternoon when you return to the lodge to enjoy a pleasant dinner and relax.

Every hunter will be accompanied by a bird-boy to reload the guns and give assistance during the whole the hunt. Their hunting staff  will periodically check on you to see if you need any assistance and to provide you with ammunition. In the afternoon, they will also to offer you some sort of  snack.

Area:
The shooting takes place in the well known Traslasierra Valley in the Province of Cordoba. Surrounded by high mountains, farmers grow sunflower, corn, peanuts, sorghum and others. This fact makes this area the ideal birds’ habitat to breed and nest. A paradise for so many doves and pigeons that they become a real plague causing farmer huge losses.

Lodge:
Their Lodge is only 30 minutes away from the hunting grounds. It is a European-style house, built around the 20th century, and it has all the normal comforts you may need. It has six large double rooms, with private bath, a great dining room, and a lounge room where you may enjoy your after-dinner drink, while socializing. There is also a swimming-pool where you may enjoy a cool summer splash along with a snack.

Only minutes away there is a nine-hole golf green and a tennis court, where non-hunters may spend the some time during their stay. There also are horses to ride to visit interesting points close to the lodge.

Transfers:
Mercedes Benz vans/or similar carrying up to 13 passengers are used to make all the ground transfers. Hunts are done in rugged 4-Wheel Drive vehicles. They provide all transfers from and to airports, in Buenos Aires and Cordoba. At all times you are accompanied by their staff, from your arrival to your departure.

 

OTHER PACKAGES/OPTIONS:

DUCK & PIGEONS:  BUENOS AIRES & LA PAMPA, 6 HUNT DAYS (3 DUCK, 3 PIGEON) 

ONLY $3900. The ultimate bird shoots for the discriminating wingshooter. Ask us for full info.

EXTRA DAYS FOR BIG GAME $350

EXTRA DAYS FOR PIGEONS $550

EXTRA DAY FOR DUCKS       $ 700

EXTRA DAY FOR DOVE         $450

 

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