Our Free Range Sambar herds are derived from the large bodied Sri Lankan sub-species (Cervus unicolor unicolor), body sizes are larger than the red deer with some like an Elk. Our Sambar occupy a mixture of habitats, often in proximity to Ranch land. This habitat includes sand dune country, native vegetation and exotic pine forest. Their habit of hiding in cover during daylight hours and moving out to feed at night makes them the most challenging and rewarding deer and animal to hunt in New Zealand. The experience of Hunting Free Range Sambar on our Private land leaves a memorable mark on our hunters, there is something about these shy Deer. This hunt involves more glassing and sneaking around in the rolling hills looking into clearing which becomes very exciting.
The Rut. May and August are the two main months for their rut. And although they are not vocal unless alerted, you will find the Stags moving during the day seeking out the hinds.