San Luis Lodge - Red Stag & Water Buffalo Hunting
1-6 Guests • Lodge • Private • Guided
The Lodge perfectly blends the charm of “old-world” Argentina with contemporary luxury and offers 4-star amenities seldom found at hunting lodges. The Lodge sits on an immaculately kept traditional estancia.
This Estancia has built an amazing reputation for the comfortable rooms and the elaborate furniture of the living room.
The house, which has six double bedrooms with private bathrooms and a capacity for 12 hunters, has recently been refurbished making it very comfortable and appealing.
Quiet, comfortable, and cozy!
At this fantastic lodge, you will have the opportunity to enjoy an amazing Argentinian barbecue. We usually prepare it for lunchtime with the best loin, beef, and sausage. All this will be combined with great wines, such as Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon, from the provinces of Mendoza or San Juan. At night you will be delighted with authentic Argentinian cuisine which includes red meat, pork, or chicken. You can also request special dishes if you have any food-related disease or personal preference. We are sure you will enjoy it and be delighted by our chef!
We believe that your experience at the lodge is just as important as your experience hunting or fishing. Our team goes to great lengths when you are with us to ensure you have the best vacation possible.
Our Lodges are primarily Argentine Estancias built by the Cattle Barons of the Early 20th Century. They were built with luxury and relaxation as the main goal.
After an exciting day in the field or on the water, you will be met by our staff and treated as if you were the Cattle Baron of yesteryear. Cold drinks, hors d’oeuvres, and a relaxing fire allow you to unwind from the glorious day afield and once you are thoroughly relaxed you will be called to the table and served a meal prepared by some of the finest chefs in Argentina.
Many of our clients say that hunting and fishing bring them to Argentina but that our lodges and staff bring them back to us.
Water Buffalo - The Hunt
The water buffalo (Bubalus bubalis) is a large bovid originating in South Asia, Southeast Asia, and China. Today, it is also found in Europe, Australia, and in some American countries like Argentina and Uruguay.
The origins of the domestic water buffalo types are debated but at least 130 million domestic water buffalo exist, and more human beings depend on them than on any other domestic animal. They are especially suitable for tilling rice fields, and their milk is richer in fat and protein than that of dairy cattle.
In Argentina, many game ranches raise water buffalo for commercial hunting. The bull’s horns have a heavy mass and the cow’s horns are narrower but can be just as long as or longer than the bull. An Argentine Water Buffalo can weigh up to 2,500 lbs. which is up to 700 lbs. heavier than the largest African Cape Buffalo at 1,800 lbs. Come to Argentina and enjoy the thrill of a wild buffalo hunt at 1/3 the coast of Africa.
This is a massive, powerful animal, with the widest horn span of any bovid. Adults range in size from 1800 to 2600 pounds, although females typically weigh around 1650 pounds and males upwards of 2200 pounds. It is very dependent on the availability of water. Historically, its preferred habitats are low-lying grasslands and their surroundings. The Water Buffalo eats grass and leafy aquatic vegetation. It is a grazer, feeding in the morning and evenings and lying up in dense cover or submerging in wallows during midday. In addition to keeping it cool, wallowing helps to remove skin parasites, biting flies, and other pests. Where there is a substantial human disturbance, the Water Buffalo becomes mostly nocturnal.
HUNTING SEASON - The hunting season is from March to November, but as these animals are very plentiful, they can be hunted all year round, making this a very exciting up close and personal hunt!
Red Stag - The Hunt
Red Stag (Cervus Elaphus) was introduced into Argentina more than a hundred years ago. The first specimens were brought to the province of La Pampa, and then subsequent imports introduced this magnificent animal into the southern part of the country: Patagonia.
Hunting red deer in Argentina is a truly unique experience, particularly in the region of Patagonia, which is characterized by its wide and big ranges. The stags can be spotted from a long distance. The rutting season usually lasts more than 60 days, providing ample chances to harvest a very nice trophy.
The most common approach is stalking. While stalking, a hunter will approach his or her prey with stealth in order to get into the range with their particular weapon and ensure a clean hit.
The red deer is the fourth-largest deer species behind moose, elk, and sambar deer.
Generally, the male (stag or hart) red deer is typically 175 to 250 cm (69 to 98 in) long and weighs 160 to 240 kg (350 to 530 lb); the female is 160 to 210 cm (63 to 83 in) long and weighs 120 to 170 kg (260 to 370 lb). The tail adds another 12 to 19 cm (4.7 to 7.5 in) and shoulder height is about 95 to 130 cm (37 to 51 in).
HUNTING SEASON - The season goes from March to July, but the most exciting moment to hunt a Red Stag is during the rutting season which is from March 10th to April 6th. The prey is located by the sound of its roar (much like on all bugles) and carefully stalked until seen. Shots seldom exceed 100 meters. This type of hunting requires the use of the five senses plus a sixth one: the sense of the hunter. So remember, the red stag prime roar is from March to mid-April. However, after the roar, the hunting is still excellent, more exciting, and challenging, so you will be able to hunt red deer until July 31st.
We are outfitters with more than a dozen years in the business who offers a different perspective on hunting desires. Our company specializes in providing personalized services because we believe that every group of guests looks for a special type of hunting program and accommodations. Our focus is to offer our guests the type of hunting experience they wish in terms of hunting and accommodation. We work every day to satisfy the needs of sophisticated and luxurious big hunting trips, as well as of small private groups of friends seeking a mid rate lodge, and also of larger groups of hunters planning to stay in a comfortable modern lodge in the hills. And all at the most affordable price in the market!
More Pricing Information
You can also pay a 50% deposit now and a final payment before your trip.
$2332.00 Per Person Per Experience
Please note that there is a 50% non-refundable deposit included with your booking fee. In case of cancellation, and in accordance with the Host's cancellation policy, the remaining 50% may be returned to you or applied towards rescheduling a future trip.
- Professional Hunting Guides and Field Assistant
- 6 Spacious Double Occupancy Bedrooms
- Gourmet and Traditional Cuisine Every Night
- Internet Access and TV
- Dining Room, Sitting Room, Bar,
- Massage Service
- Maid and Laundry Service
- Gun Rental
- Comfortable 4x4 Vehicles
- Weather Appropriate Green, Brown or Camo Clothes
- Lightweight, Ankle-Height Shoes
- Safety Glasses
- Ear Protection
Rules & Guidelines
The final destination for this hunting trip is San Luis City, Brigadier Mayor César Raúl Ojeda Airport (LUQ)
The best connection is through Buenos Aires, Jorge Newbery Airfield (AEP).
You'll arrive at Ministro Pistarini Airport in Ezeiza (EZE) and you'll have to change the airport to Jorge Newbery Airfield (AEP).
Many cities in the United States offer direct flights to Buenos Aires, Argentina. New York and Miami are the most common and inexpensive destinations to fly from. In addition, there are non-stop flights from Houston, Dallas, Atlanta, and Los Angeles.
Make sure that you have at least 4 hours between connections. EZE and AEP are located far from each other (almost 2 hours drive, depending on traffic).
The best airlines flying from Buenos Aires to San Luis:
- Aerolíneas Argentinas
- Austral Líneas Aéreas
Important airlines to be considered for international flights:
- American Airlines
- United Airlines
- Copa Airlines
- LATAM Airlines
- Aerolíneas Argentinas
- British Airways
We are the # 1 Outfitter in Argentina and we are the first one to start a conservation program and a nonprofit called MAKING CHANGES NOW with the specific purpose to study, count, and protect specific wetlands for ducks. We started in 2019 with the Biologist Juan Seco Pon doing research in Buenos Aires province and we are ready to catch up with a larger project next year. For more info, please go to makingchangesnow.org.
We are the #1 Outfitter because we support the largest number of NPOsthat do conservation in the US, such as DW, DU, CCA, and many more. We have learned to think in the long term, and we all understand how important conservation is in our bird game.