Just thought I'd try and get the thread back on track here.
These pictures are of sambar deer that I have recently harvested in my home state of Victoria Australia.
Sambar are generally hunted in one of two ways. Stalked , where the animal is tracked and trailed by scent trailing hounds.
In recent time a group of hardcore sambar hunters have been employing the static ambush, where a glassing shooting position is located and an often long shot taken. I have been employing a fairly std rig, 300 weatherby mag, 4.5-14 Leu, 168 grn txs combo. I have used this round successfully out to 500 yards
This stag was taken recently after several weeks of hunting.
Just before dark he stepped out on a clearing that put him at a range of 411 m. I snuck up the him and found a spot on the slope where I could fire prone. At the shot he showed no sign of being hit and trotted 50m closer. Thinking he wasn't hit I reloaded and was about to fire again when he fell over. It was a good start for the new rifle.
Several weeks later in a similar situation this stag presented a shot at 448 m . I readied myself for the shot and when he fed broadside I fired. At the impact he reared up on his back legs and crashed into the riverside scrub. With little light remaining I found him only 50m in the next morning laying on the edge of the river.
The above stag was harvested on some farm finge country recently. After spotting the stag ina group of 7 deer I managed to cut the distance down to 378m and layed the bipod out. At the shot he got knocked down but immediately was back on his feet and into the thick nearby tea tree. To cut the story short I recovered him 2 days later, after having struck him too far back at a quartering on angle. A huge stag in the body. Thanks to my team of 5 friends who put a whole morning in to find him.
These other 2 pics are of a hunt where I packed in overnight with a good friend to a isolated spot for a couple of days. This stag again fed out with 2 hinds just before dark, and presented at 175 m. Witha severly down hill shot I waited until he fed out of some light bush and struck him foward of the right front shoulder, quartering on. At the impact he dashed directly at me and veered to my left, out of sight. same story again, wait till morning and follow up. He only made it 50 m. The TSX had done immense damage and he was never in doubt
After developing a taste for this type of hunting I recently ordered a super 338 from a well known gunsmith. Now they are in trouble !!