I have had a camera on a wallow in a gully for a few weeks and the result is some poor pictures of three different young sambar stags visiting at night only. I could tell of course that the wallow was being used but didn't know the age or quality until now. A few weeks ago I shifted the cameras to the adjacent ridge where I found a brand new half decent rub tree. After leaving that spot I continued to hunt the area and almost immediately was honked by a large hind which I had obviously missed and walked past. She presented an easy side on 200 metre shot but I didn't fire because she was on a ridge with blue sky right behind her.
Now I have hunted this area on and off for 20 years with minimal success but all of a sudden it is red hot. Droppings, rubtrees, fresh browse and beds, all the things that point to a good sambar population.
Last weekend I was back there and hunting the next gully/ridge system and got honked again by another hind I think, didn't see her, she was in some very thick scrub in a gully and had either already sneaked off or was not going to move. I think the former as I closed on the gully after a good bino scan and couldn't rouse her.
The point of this little write up is that this area has just turned from a nice walk in the bush to a red hot hunt area. I have no idea why but I'll be back there in a week or two for some serious investigation and murderous intent.
Left: Rub tree covered by a camera.
Centre: One of the locals that plague hunters by following and announcing your presence.
Right: Other rub trees in the immediate area