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Sambar and Rusa Deer

The sambar and rusa stags start their rut period later in June and go through to late August. Unlike the red stags they are not as vocal and are less active during the daylight hours. Vantage point glassing is best employed to spot trophies and stalking in is then done very carefully.

Sambar are New Zealand’s second to biggest deer species and typically have a 3x3 antler formation. Similar to the sambar the rusa also has a 3x3 trophy head but only has a body size half as big as that of a sambar. Both these deer species originated from countries with a warm climate so have established themselves in areas like the Bay of Plenty and the Manawatu where the weather is milder.