Red Deer (Cervus elaphus) are a close cousin of the larger American elk or wapiti , Russian maral, and sika stag (Cervus nippon). These amazing game animals, originating in Europe, have been introduced around the world as “exotics” from New Zealand to Texas and Canada. The largest native herds with the best trophy quality are found in Hungary, Germany and Romania, with Scotland being a close fourth for a smaller antler size but the most fantastic stalking experience.
Every since the time of the Romans, and possibly prior to that, red stags have been the premier big game animal. Because of that, people have introduced them across the globe. The largest native herds with the best trophy quality are found in Hungary, Germany and Romania, and Scotland. Introduced stags can be hunted in Argentina, New Zealand, and across North America.
Red Stag Hunting in Europe
A traditional European red stag hunt is a once in a lifetime experience and we highly recommend it. If you have never heard the roar of the red stag across the highlands then you are missing out on an awesome hunting experience. Perfect for bringing your family!
Although giant 300 inch plus trophy red stags can be found in non-native lands, in the UK a 6×6 or perfectly symmetrical 12 point stag with full crowns large enough to hold a whiskey glass is called a “Royal” and a very hard to find 14 point is an “Imperial”.
Scotland offers some spectacular free range red stag hunting in the Highlands. The stags aren’t as large, but the experience is amazing! Hunting in Scotland is a once in a lifetime experience and we highly recommend it. If you have never heard the roar of the red stag across the highlands then you are missing out on an awesome hunting experience.
Red Stag Hunting in New Zealand
New Zealand is a beautiful country, and hunting wild red stags is one of the best ways we can think of to experience it. These free range red stag hunts in New Zealand take place on private properties (low fence) throughout the South Island of New Zealand. These working sheep and cattle ranches that you’ll be hunting range in size from 10,000 to 60,000 acres, and are generally open hill country, with some more mountainous country. The main hunting area is 20,000 acres and around four hours drive from Christchurch city. These properties also have good numbers of free ranging chamois, tahr, and some fallow deer, and they can easily be added onto your stag hunt.
Our outfitters limit harvest to ensure quality and high numbers of their wild herds. Many hunts are done from horseback, but that isn’t for you, 4×4 trucks and Polaris ATVs are also available. You will spend a lot of time glassing for a good bull and once one is spotted, a stalk will be planned.
Red Stag Hunting in South America
Every year hunters from all over the world travel to Argentina to hunt the majestic red stag, but don’t overlook the fact that the climate and habitat here is ideal for a great number and diversity of big game animals. In South America, you’ll have an opportunity to see axis deer, blackbuck, hybrid sheep, water buffalo, fallow deer, mouflon sheep, feral goats, multi-horned sheep and the largest rodent in the world, the capybara just to name a few.
Owing to extensive lands with the perfect habitat Argentina is known worldwide as a paradise for big game hunting. One of the most exhilarating big game experiences is red stag hunting in Argentina during the rut…the “Roaring Season!” The high concentrations and plentiful numbers offer a very real opportunity to harvest the trophy of a lifetime.
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