Alex Broad – Sambar hunting

December 19, 2011

Sorry its taken a while to back to you guys about my first foray into Sambar country.

While not a successful trip, I learnt a lot.

Sambar live in horrible thick crap, they are big, they have small hooves, they have massive turds, they can fit through some pretty small holes in the thick crap they live in, they make a huge amount of noise crashing through the thick crap they live in when you spook one, and they will hold pretty tight until you get almost on top of them, this generally induces heart stopping pulse rates and for those of you with weak bowels……. you can fill in the blank.

Here are a few pics I managed to snap of the environment:

The beginning of an old Sambar trail on the boundary, this hadn’t been touched in a week or so, which probably coincided with the cows being put into the paddock on the boundary:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sambar bed in the long grass:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sambar rub on a cabbage tree:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sambar bed under a flax bush:

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Sambar turd:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The veiw from inside a Sambar tunnel through the flax, I had to crawl through these on hands and knees:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The veiw from up the cabbage tree, everything you see out there is head height and thick, not so great for stalking in:

 

 

 

So that was my first attempt and knocking over one of these beasts, I will definitely be back for sure.

 


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