HUNTING IN PATAGONIA
Hunting in Patagonia is practiced with strict permit and in duly authorized hunting reserves. They are situated at various points in Río Negro and Neuquén. Extensive areas, solitude and peace.
Patagonia offers the best territories for exotic species for big-game hunting. Among the native species you can find the "pecarí labiado", the "pecarí de collar", the "chancho cimarrón", the "carpincho", the puma, the ostrich, the "corzuelas", the tapir and the guanaco.
Among the small-game exotic animals are the European hare, introduced in the XIX century, and several native species such as partridges, ducks and tinamous. In this region you can also hunt Lesser Rheas and wild boars.
Sport-hunting is generally allowed in fall and winter. Hunting of native species is forbidden within the National Parks, although sometimes one may find hunting reserves where it is possible to hunt animals like the wild boar and the red stag.
In private hunting reserves, generally found in big ranches, hunters may find specialized guides and picturesque bungalows to stay.
It is advisable to resort to the corresponding national or provincial tourist offices in order to get information about official opening and closing dates for the season.
Province of Neuquén
Within the protected areas of National Parks, you can hunt wild pigs and red deer. Small game: tinamous and rabbits, among other species.
Los Alazanes Island, in Choele Choel
The wild boar is the trophy in this area in the province of Río Negro. Organized excursions include barbecue.
Calafate Adventure Travel & Tours...
One of the most interesting tourist attractions that lately has stood out in El Calafate is the possibility of practicing sport-hunting. The concept in force to practice this sport is the hunting of animals with sport-gear and without getting any profit from it.
The hunting season starts on April 1st and lasts until August 31st.
There is a maximum amount of species to be hunted:
Elegant-crested Tinamou, 7 daily per hunter.
Patagonian Tinamou, 7 daily per hunter.
European hare, 7 daily per hunter.
Red fox, 1 daily per hunter.
Grey fox, 1 daily per hunter.
Mink, without limit.
Wild rabbit, 2 per hunter.
Guanaco, 10 species per hunter and per season.
Pumas, 2 per season and per hunter.
The hunting of the Upland Goose deserves a separate paragraph, as it only lasts for 3 months: from March 1 to May 30. Besides, there are protected species whose hunting is forbidden. For example the skunk, the Ruddy-headed Goose, the Chilean Flamingo, the Black-necked Swan, the otter, the Patagonian hare or "mara", the Lesser Rhea, the owls, the penguins, the Souther Crested-Caracara, the Chimango Caracara, the cormorants, the ducks and the wild cats. None of these have specific hunting authorization.
HUNTING IN SAN MARTIN DE LOS ANDES
San Martin de los Andes Adventure Travel & Tours...
Game Hunting in the Region
The adventure of hunting red and "diana" deer in such natural and beautiful landscape and so close to the city can only take place in these exclusive Patagonian game preserves.
To venture oneself into San Martín de los Andes region in search of deer is a unique experience. There you will find hills, native woods, ravines, lakes, mountains, rivers and red deer.
You will find deer of magnificent antlers. Due to the topographic characteristics and the large areas of land, these animals grow in complete freedom.
Lanín National Park
It is estimated that there are around 20.000 red deer and boars in the province of Neuquén. They were introduced in Collun-Co ranch in 1922 and since then the number has increased dramatically and many animals have migrated to the East, entering Lanín National Park and covering the whole area.
There are two sectors in Lanín National Park: one is the region between Lolog and Curruhué lakes and the other in the area of Lake Tromen.
Within Lanín National Park, each preserve has an area ranging from 1200 to 4000 hectares, and the maximum number of people allowed is five, including the preserve holder or first hunter, a second hunter, a third guest that is not allowed to hunt but still has to pay a $350 entrance fee, a hunting guide and a cook.
Each preserve has seven exploitation shifts, that is, each hunting team has the right to spend ten days in the given place and at the given date. During this time, the one who has an area can use it as if it were "the owner", provided he does not break the regulations ruling the Park.
Only two deer may be killed at each preserve. Once the slaughter has taken place, the hunter should inform the park ranger who prepares a transit permit valid from the preserve to Lanín National Park head offices, where the animal is sealed and the bill of lading is done in order to move it from that area to any part of the country, previous payment of $100 per animal.
Hunting areas: They are allocated by public auction and to the highest bidder. It takes place during the second week of December at Banco de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires, Esmeralda 660 - Room 2º Capital Federal. The preserves that are put up for auction are the following: Tres Lagunas, Veranadas, Pichi Curruhue, Arroyo Aseret, Campo Grande, Lolog and Cajón Negro, among the most well known.
Private game preserves
Hunting lovers also have the possibility of hiring the services provided by private hunting preserves located within those ranches that deal with this activity. There hunters have the chance to get the so longed animal as well as accommodations and guiding service.
Located on the paved access to San Martín de los Andes, in Neuquén, near the entrance to Chapelco airport. It is a mountain refuge placed in an area of red deer concentration.
Estancia Parque Diana
Placed on the shore of Lake Meliquina. The scenery is impressive and the bellowing of the animals is heard everywhere, as a wide variety of deer of more than twelve points and large and thick horns move around quietly through the whole area of woods and lakes. The hotel is a fantastic place to relax after long afternoon walks or to enjoy a good barbecue and have some good wine or celebrate the hunting of the best pieces with cognac.
SEASONS AND SPECIES AUTHORIZED FOR SPORT HUNTING
The hunting season starts on March 1st and finishes on May 4th for the following species:
Big Game Hunting
Red deer (Cervus elaphus)
March 10 to May 31
European boar (Sus scropha)
March15 to December31
Small Game Hunting
Upland Goose (Chloephaga picta)
May 01 to July 30
European Hare (Lepus europeus)
May 01 to July 30
Lanín National Park Administration
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