On some hunts, it doesn’t matter how well you prepare or how hard you pursue your prey, the weather ends up being the determining factor for success.

 John and Dave had traveled back to Patagonia, Argentina to hunt Red Stag with Algar Safaris. The roar (rut) was on, giving the guys a better chance at stalking within bow range. This was their third trip hunting with the outfitter. After hearing about the incredible scenery, food, lodging and people, John’s wife Suzy wanted to hunt there too. When all three landed in country, a trifecta of Bow Madness had finally descended upon Patagonia.

But the hunting didn’t start out fast and furious. It wasn’t until day four that John and Suzy were able to kill. Prior to that, they logged countless miles, gained and lost untold feet in elevation and spent hours on stalks that didn’t pan out. On previous hunts, the kills typical came on the first day. It would take a break in the weather to tip the odds in John and Suzy’s favor.

The stags had been chasing hinds up into the high, open country, making stalking a challenge. When a warmer and windier air mass moved in on day four, the stags began pushing hinds down into drainages where it was easier to stalk in or set up an ambush.

John took his stag after spotting it from a high point, then he spent an hour to work his way down to within 70 yards. In preparation for the trip, he’d been shooting 100 yards so he felt confident at that distance. His PSE Carbon Air performed like he knew it would and sent a Rage Hypodermic angling in from the last rib and through both lungs. It had been a hard fought hunt, but he finally had his stag down.

Suzy’s stag also came on day four though instead of a stalk, she had staged a ground blind in a drainage where she’d patterned a stag coming to water. Her animal came in from behind and began running off younger stags. When he stopped at 33 yards, she shouldered her PSE Dream Season RDX and double lunged him with a Rage Crossbow Extreme head. The stag ran just 50 yards before falling over.

Though an incredible backdrop for a hunt, John and Suzy worked for their red stags. Their Nomad apparel in Mossy Oak Obsession helped them get close when it counted and the toughness of their Danner boots allowed them to log the miles necessary to make opportunities happen.

While they were there, Suzy also worked in a little horseback riding and John took a free range fallow deer on another spot and stalk with his Carbon Air. It was another trip to Argentina that did not disappoint, and it all came together thanks to a shifting weather pattern.

As told to Tim Kjellesvik