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    New/old hot spot hunting area

    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
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    Don't hide from your mates in the bush!

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    Look forward to seeing the murderous intent photos! Samba sound like a very rewarding species to hunt when you connect, something I would love to do at some pint, one day.

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    SD Regular johngryphon's Avatar
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    but I'll be back there in a week or two

    What you need to do SHV is to hunt them a week or two the mob is a big chance to have moved to another area,strike while the iron is hot!
    Dont dither,take the shot!

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    As JG said... I could not help myself
    Would have to take a few Mental Health days off work and get amongst 'em while the action is on... lol
    Good luck with it!

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    Yeah I would John but I'm locked in to the MCG next weekend but come Monday I'll sneak in there again I reckon.
    Don't hide from your mates in the bush!

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    Good luck on the Samba....

    Oh yes, I have to go there, one time in the future....!
    People's hobbies are more their measure's than are their jobs.

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    An update on the hotspot from this weekend. Retrieved the camera and found this bloke was visiting to check out the rest of the population. Not a world beater but a nice shape and evenness to his antlers. At least I know what I'm looking for now.
    John it's a 31/2 hour trip for me to get to this spot so I'll just have to work hard on the weekends.
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    any chance of saving that one for me Grant.
    I wish I was half the hunter my dog thinks I am

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    Paul, as the crow flies it's not that far from Wonnongatta so I'm sure that there are plenty like him hanging about for you.
    Don't hide from your mates in the bush!

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    SD Regular johngryphon's Avatar
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    Just saw the pics of that young stag today,he will grow into a good one if he can last at least another few years.He has great 'everything' going for him.
    Dont dither,take the shot!

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