Sambar season

Discussion in 'Australia, New Zealand' started by Topshot, Jul 12, 2009.

  1. Topshot

    Topshot Well-Known Member

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    The 2009 Victorian sambar season continues to be a good one.

    I just got back from a four day hike into a wilderness area with my brother. He managed to take his first deer and was very excited. I managed to take this heavy Sambar on the third day.

    In freezing conditions, we hunted down low and I saw 8 sambar including three stags.

    The second stag looked promising and was up on a high ridge over 400 yards away. With the steep angle it took me 15 minutes to get into a shooting possition where I could line him up. You can guess what happened then, he walked off into the scrub never to be seen again. I need to get myself a longer set of BiPod legs.

    After that I walked up the valley another 500m and spotted this stag feeding unaware of my pressence, at range of only 8 to 10m. Not exactly long range but beggers can't be choosers so I took the shot and dropped it DRT.
    I wish the pack out was as enjoyable as the hunt.

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  2. Steve7mm08

    Steve7mm08 Well-Known Member

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    Thats a cracker animal

    Any of you Aussies interested in a swap hunt?, I would love to shoot a Sambar stag
     

  3. JAWZ

    JAWZ Well-Known Member

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    Mate very nice would have hated to have seen the good 1 :D.

    Nice heavy and very even well done.

    Still no word from Shane though :rolleyes:
     
  4. Down Under Hunter

    Down Under Hunter Well-Known Member

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    ...'Bout time... been waiting days for the story !

    Obviously you did not have time to factor the angle of shot and have time to go to the PDA hey ! Ten meters !..... Put you money into a Bayonet instead of the EDGE !

    What are the stags measurements ? Very unusal shape for sure.

    When you get your new gun there will be no 15 minutes to "get into position" at 400. Just dial and pull the trigger ! There will be no looking back ! MAybe try rocks under your legs next time. That can work too.

    DUH
     
  5. Topshot

    Topshot Well-Known Member

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    Hey DUH,
    That bayonet idea may be worth thinking about:rolleyes:

    The stag I took was not scored, but measured at 28.5x28.5x31.5 with quite thick coronets and main beams.

    The Bi-pod idea with the rocks might have worked but there were no large rocks in the area. Tried my back pack but still not enough elevation. Ended up down in a washout with the bi-pod legs strapped over a wet log with me under it. Not very comfortable but quite a stable field position.

    I watched him for about 5 minutes with his arse pointing at me and no shoulder shot on offer. He then walked off into the scrub.

    Now this stag can hide but his problem is that I now know where he lives!!!!:D

    I was more than happy with the animal I ended up with which I think was a more interesting trophy anyway.

    I will not be able to get back into this area for a while as I have to go and pack into my "good spot" next time. :D Promised my son a crack at a big one.

    But when I do return I will either be fitted out with a 20" Bi-pod or have my EDGE! hey JAWZ.
     
  6. HUAINAMACHERO

    HUAINAMACHERO Well-Known Member

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    Congratulations, nice buck!!!
    Good change of luck in minutes.
    Would like to see more pictures of your trophy.
     
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  7. bruce55

    bruce55 New Member

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    found the forum as i am looking at the fine stag you took. I have done a lot of pig shooting in NSW but i have a burning desire to take a nice stag and buff to mount at home. Bruce
     
  8. Topshot

    Topshot Well-Known Member

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    Hey Bruce,
    Get that .338 and you won't be sorry, ideal on Sambar and will handle Buff OK.
    When you get all set up PM me and I will give you a few spots to try for a Sambar. Plenty for everyone but expect some hard work! :)