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  • Sambar (Rusa unicolor)

    Sambar (Rusa unicolor)

    ‘The dominant transplant’ as Arthur Bentley termed it in his An Introduction to the Deer of Australia, the sambar is the largest of the deer species established here in the wild. Stags stand at about 127cm at the shoulder and weigh around 225kg (hinds 115cm, 150kg), although much heavier weights have been recorded in individuals. Antlers are typically three tined, but despite this simplicity, there is a wide variety of styles. Coat colour is normally brown but individuals of grey […]

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  • Rusa Deer (Cervus timorensis)

    Rusa Deer (Cervus timorensis)

    Rusa are closely related to the sambar, but smaller in stature (stags about 110cm at shoulder, weight about 140kg with hinds proportionately smaller (90cm, 80kg). Coat colour is a uniform grey-brown, variable between individuals and season. The body hair is coarse and notably sparse by comparison with other deer. Antlers are typically three tined with the beams forming a characteristic lyre shape. The original stock of rusa which reached New South Wales from New Caledonia between 1861 and 1885 was […]

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  • Red Deer (Cervus elaphus)

    Red Deer (Cervus elaphus)

    The deer of literature as it has sometimes been referred to is due to the immense volume of material written about it. Like the fallow deer, the red deer and related species are widely spread throughout the world. The second largest of the deer in Australia, a stag stands about 120cm at the shoulder and weighs about 160kg (hinds 90cm, 90kg). Coat colour ranges from a dull brown in winter coat to a rich reddish brown in summer; a permanent […]

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  • Wild Boar (Sus scofa)

    Wild Boar (Sus scofa)

    The first official introduction to Australia was with the first fleet in 1788. Feral pigs are habitat generalists and have colonised subalpine grasslands and forests, dry woodlands, tropical rainforests, semi-arid and monsoonal floodplains, swamps and other wetlands in many parts of the Northern Territory, Queensland, New South Wales, and other states and territories. Their distribution in inland or seasonally dry areas of Australia is restricted to the vicinity of watercourses and their associated floodplains. In the more forest-covered parts of […]

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  • Hunters helping Landholders: Conservation Hunting in Action

    Conservation hunting is a legitimate form of feral animal control in NSW and can be an important add-on to other control measures such as baiting and trapping. By harnessing the efforts of licensed, accredited hunters in a more organised and regulated manner, Game Council NSW will help reduce the impacts of introduced pest and feral animals on our natural and agricultural environments. ACTION… not just words: More than 8500 feral animals already culled on public land by conservation hunters (updated 12/11/07). For […]

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  • Hog Deer (Axis porcinus)

    Hog Deer (Axis porcinus)

    A close relative of the chital is the much smaller hog deer or Para. Stags attain a shoulder height of about 70cm and weight of 55kg and hinds are proportionally smaller (60cm, 30-35kg). The hog deer was first liberated in Victoria in 1865 and has established its range in the coastal regions of South and East Gippsland. Its coat ranges from a uniform dark brown during winter to a rich reddish-brown in summer at which time light coloured spots along […]

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  • Fallow Deer (Dama Dama)

    Fallow Deer (Dama Dama)

    Fallow deer are amongst the most widely distributed around the world of all the deer species. Attractive, particularly when in their summer coat of light to reddish brown with white spots, this medium sized deer (bucks 90cm at shoulder, weight about 90kg; does proportionally smaller at 76cm, 40kg), has a range of colours which include black, white and menil. The latter is rather like the common fallow’s reddish brown and spotted coat, but retains this pelage throughout the year while […]

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  • Chittal Deer (Axis axis)

    Chittal Deer (Axis axis)

    This is the Indian Spotted Deer or chital – one of the most beautiful of the 42 species (197 subspecies) of deer recognised by Kenneth Whitehead in his Encyclopedia of Deer. A chital stag attains a height at the shoulder of about 86cm and a weight of 80kg; hinds are proportionally smaller (75cm, 50kg). The coat varies from light to dark brown with permanent white spots which appear as broken lines running along the body. A dark stripe (dorsal stripe) […]

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  • Banteng on the Floodplains

    Banteng on the Floodplains

    There was greater anticipation than any other trip my mate Wayne Preece and I had made to the Northern territory as the decision to go was made less than three weeks before boarding the Boeing 767-300 to Darwin.  The Predator Video team (Wayne Preece and the author) was only too eager to record the events of twelve full days of hunting in North East Arnhem Land that would make up the bulk of production of its second high definition DVD […]

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