Chital Deer Hunting. 2 Objective To determine the historical and current distributions of Fallow Deer, Red Deer, Hog Deer and Chital Deer in Victoria. guiding hunters of any experience, age or gender, rifle, bow or camera . The antlers are typically three points on each side (six tined) and are thin and slender growing up to about 35 inches. They were the first species of deer introduced to Australia when, between 1800 and 1803, some were brought to this country by Dr. John Harris of the New South Wales Corps. We walked out and sat on a low ridge to scan a long sparsely wooded valley. Adult Red Deer typically have a reddish-brown coat. The graceful animals took flight when they saw the vehicle and ran through a clearing for about 150 metres before cutting across the track in front of us. A mature stag can stand 130cm at the shoulder and weigh up to 230kg. Fallow Deer (buck)                                                            Fallow Deer (Doe). A good trophy stag has multiple tines and a majestic shape. Their strongest foot-holds are Tasmania, South Australia and New South Wales. Sambar Deer were introduced to Australia from India, Ceylon and Malaysia in the 1860s. In rut, the buck makes an unmistakable croak, similar to a grunting pig which makes them an easy target for hunters. Only isolated populations of Rusa are found in Victoria and only limited hunting opportunities exist. It lives in grasslands and forests in India and Sri Lanka in herds of up to 100 or more. The rut is slightly irregular because hinds come into oestrous at different times of the year; accordingly, the stags rut at different times. The inside legs and underside of the tail are also white. It stands 90–95 cm (35–37 inches) at the shoulder. Chital (pronounced Cheetal), also widely known as Axis Deer and Spotted Deer – are regarded by many as the most beautiful deer in the world. Calves are spotted at birth. Fallow Deer were introduced to Australia from England in the 1830's. This herd of chital (axis axis ceylonensis) are descendants of a stag and two hinds introduced from Ceylon by William Hann in 1866. Spot and stalk is the main method used or sometimes a hide or blind is another successful method. They are mostly found in herds of ten to thirty, but larger herds of a hundred are not uncommon. Four of them are Asiatic species (chital, hog, rusa and sambar) and two are European (Red and Fallow). Habitat. It may have occurred in their native range, in captivity prior to release, or following release in Victoria, as chital deer were introduced at about the same time," Ms Hill said. Today Victoria has a healthy deer population, predominantly made up of Sambar, Fallow and Red Deer. Chital are natives of India and Sri Lanka where they comprise the major part of the tiger’s prey. On this trip we’d been hunting on a property about 120km west of Charters Towers for four days searching for a trophy animal without luck. The chital is a strikingly marked deer; it has a bright rufous fawn coat covered with white spots on a light fawn background and its pelage remains the same summer and winter. He was a mature animal and we estimated his live weight at around 200 kilos. Males reach nearly 90 cm and females 70 cm at the shoulder; the head-and-body length is around one.7 metres. The gestation period is about eight months and a single fawn is the norm. Chital are less nocturnal than sambar and often feed until late in the morning and again from early afternoon. Suddenly I noticed a movement on the slope ahead of us. Providing enjoyable, safe and affordable guided deer stalking. Red Deer (stag)                                                                        Red Deer (hind). This is because our six different species of deer vary greatly in size and choice of habitat. Deer may be taken in varied hunting situations, they may be standing side-on or at an angle in an undisturbed state, and sometimes spooked and on the run, their system boosted by an adrenalin rush. Dingley Dell caters for all Australian Deer Species: – Sambar, Red, Hog, Rusa, Chital… Over the years I’ve hunted chital at Water Valley in South Australia, northern NSW and far north Queensland just south of the Gulf. By With their graceful lyre-shaped antlers and beautiful white spotted coats, the chital is the most handsome of all deer. A mature stag will stand up to 110cm at the shoulder and weigh around 135kg. The deer got to his feet and went straight into overdrive. The Hog Deer is the smallest deer species in Australia. In Victoria, all deer are declared to be 'wildlife' for the purposes of the Wildlife Act 1975 (the Act). The Fallow Deer are a herd deer inhabiting semi-open scrubland and frequent and graze on pasture that is in close proximity to cover. Red Deer are a herd animal and have a strong herding instinct and highly developed social order. It may have occurred in their native range, in captivity prior to release, or following release in Victoria, as chital deer were introduced at about the same time," Ms Hill said. Sambar Deer are a very large deer. Velvet Hard Antler ... Stocking rate example for the South Western region of Victoria, stags can be run at a rate of 1.4 to the acre making a gross income of $437 per acre. Red Deer occur in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland. Healthy wild populations of Chital exist in Queensland near Charters Towers, with other smaller isolated population in NSW, South Australia and Victoria. The survey methods employed here are the same as those used in the telephone surveys conducted during 2018 deer hunting season (Moloney & Powell, 2019) and similar to the Six deer species are listed as game for the purpose of hunting. It must not be kept, moved, fed, given away, sold, or released into the environment. The history of chital liberations seems slightly hazy, but a herd of about 400 of these exotic animals was introduced on Dr. John Harris’s property near Bathurst, NSW as early as 1813. Taxidermy - Chital Deer. Chital deer have a life cycle that is less predictable than fallow, red and rusa deer. Sporting Shooter magazine is for those who love the outdoors and the thrill of the hunt. The inner tines were a bit on the short side, but I thought he looked near as good as my best chital taken in northern NSW two decades before and others from Niall and Wondo Vale. They prefer to graze at dawn and dusk. The hunter should not only take into account the size of the deer, but the type of terrain and the ranges over which he is likely to be shooting. At the shot, the boar dropped and lay still. Chital are usually found in lightly forested areas or adjoining clearings. Red Deer were introduced to Australia from England in 1860. A moderate-sized deer, male chital reach nearly 90 cm (35 in) and females 70 cm (28 in) at the shoulder. The members of our party who’d been getting by on bully beef and vegetables welcomed the fresh meat, fried the liver and began to fill their bellies. The main concentration of chital deer in Queensland is in the Charters Towers area, centred around the adjoining properties of Niall and Maryvale where the original release took place. The Fallow is a very pretty deer of medium size. Right away Peter spotted a medium-size boar with barely visible tusks. Here are some examples of mounts of Chital Deer. Red Deer have some well-established populations and provide reasonable hunting opportunities in Victoria. Chital, (Cervus axis, sometimes Axis axis), Asiatic deer, belonging to the family Cervidae (order Artiodactyla). They are a medium to large-sized deer. It appeared to be large black boar, but he was traveling away and would soon be out of sight and out of range. The antlers are have typically three points on each side (six-tined), are heavy and may reach lengths of greater than 30 inches. A mature stag stands around 70cm at the shoulder and weighs about 50kg. Hurry”. However, Victoria now has extensive populations of Fallow that offer good hunting opportunities. There is limited hunting opportunity for this species in Victoria. “Dingley Dell” is a family operated business with Travis Onslow. Australian heads, however, seldom exceed 76cm in length. Matching the bullet to the game is just as important as the calibre in ensuring the success of any deer hunt. There are about 27,000 licensed deer hunters in Victoria, who contribute about $57 million per year to the State’s economy. History. I hurried down into the gully and across to where Peter was standing turning the deer’s head to get a better look at his antlers. Populations also exist in New South Wales and the Northern Territory. Chital aren’t hard to kill and although I've enjoyed good success using the .270, 7x64, and .300 WSM, I did just as well with my .257 Roberts which just happens to be my preferred calibre for most deer species. “Take Him,” Peter urged me in a whisper. Victoria has a very healthy population of Sambar Deer and are one of the most difficult species to hunt. Next morning, I got Peter to drop me off along the top of a ridge that followed a creek that meandered snakelike for several kilometres before it emptied into the Burdekin River. I had a hard job picking up the target in my scope as the boar was meandering about and wasn’t easy to follow. Rusa Deer were introduced to Australia from Malaysia in 1868. Males will weigh up to ninety eight to a hundred and ten weight unit and also the tail, 20 cm long, is marked by a dark stripe that stretches on its length. Over the years, however, this herd has been decimated due to closer settlement and indiscriminate shooting, so their survival is doubtful. Chital Deer What is Velvet ? Males are darker and have antlers with 3 points (tines) that can grow to 80cm long. Accommodation is of comfortable standard. Most deer hunting occurs in the east of the state which reflects the main distribution of deer in Victoria. The IELTS Academic Reading: Cambridge Reading Sample; ‘Deer Farming in Australia’ with answers. No matter, my mate Peter Schubert took a crack at a young stag with his .30-06 and we heard the bullet hit a split second before the deer dropped. The Hog Deer is a herding animal and is found in the coastal tea-tree swamp areas. Red Deer antlers can grow as long as 40 inches and have 14 points individually, however, antlers around 25 inches with eight points is the norm. Rusa inhabit numerous different habitat types, from farm fringe to thickly vegetated swampy areas. This is a series of short video clips of Chital deer that I have filmed over the last 10 years. Open season: from the first day in April (1 April) to last day in April (30 April) each year. My rifle is a Ruger M77 that’s been long throated to drive the Barnes 100gn bullet at 3250fps. In 1862, chital deer were released by the Acclimatization Society of Victoria in two locations. My mate bolted another round into his Mauser .30-06 and swung the crosswires just ahead of the deer’s chest and touched off a shot. Just before we turned the Suzuki down the track to the creek crossing, we saw through the scattered trees a little herd of the beautiful spotted Axis deer, which in their native India are called chital - pronounced cheetal. Chital prefer to be in a herd and inhabit the warmer inland areas of Australia, preferring swampy areas that are well grassed with a good canopy of thick cover. The hinds will be half the size of a stag standing up-to 80cm and weighing in at about 40kgs. They can be found in a variety of habitats, including open grasslands, open and closed woodlands, thick forests and … Chital are arguably the prettiest deer in Australia. He was a good stag, and he carried a high, heavy rack. The usual number of points is six, but trophies with extra points are sometimes encountered. A variety of five week old chicks available for $10 each or can can do all 5 for $45. Sambar and rusa are mainly woods deer and a rifle that might prove ideal for shooting at close range in the brush would lack velocity for a long cross gully shot. However, one cannot entirely dismiss the possibility that a few chital deer are still roaming the Grampians to this very day. Red Deer are  adaptable to different habitat types, although they are seen predominately in mountainous forested terrain they are equally at home in choked gullies. Chital furnish excellent venison. He wasn’t bouncing or jumping; he was running flat out for a thick patch of wattle. Chital, being a tropical species, do not have the distinct rut and breeding season seen in other species, such as Red Deer. We field dressed the animal and took it back to camp where we skinned it and put the choicest cuts in the esky. A liberation, in 1868, of 35 chital at Longeronong Station in the Wimmera district was more successful and within 80 years Aborigines told of seeing herds of spotted deer in the Grampians up to 80km from their original release point. These include the most established and widespread deer in Victoria. All hunters must obtain tags before hunting Hog Deer. Hinds are approximately two-thirds the size of the male. Stags attain a shoulder height of about 70cm and weight of 55kg and hinds are proportionally smaller (60cm, 30-35kg). They are a medium size deer. Peter went along one ridge and I took the other, hunting carefully and slowly. In Australia most chital rut between June and July and the fawns are born between January and February. Just as there is no perfect rifle or calibre, there is no bullet that is suitable for every species of deer. It is possible that, if established in Victoria, this species could substantially further increase its distribution. Peter fired and the stag stumbled but managed to keep going. The deer have thrived, despite the inroads made by dingoes and poachers preying on the herd and, today, its future seems assured. No world record, for sure, but a good representative head. Sitting down I rested my leading hand on the side of a tree and followed the deer through the Leupold Vari-X III 2.5-8x scope, waiting for a clear shot. No chital have been seen in these areas for many years and the ones on the “Prom” are thought to have interbred with the hog deer there. Just like on other properties in the area where we’d hunted chital before, at night the chital seem to congregate all around farm buildings and dwellings showing little fear of humans. There is a dark stripe down the back. One thing’s certain, there's no advantage to being over-gunned for lightly built, soft-skinned chital. Chital Deer were introduced to Australia from India in the 1860s. Chital are prolific breeders. The Hog Deer season is open only in the month of April each year (i.e. Caden and I set up on a dam, in wait for a couple of nice stags that i'd seen in the area. The smart little spotted deer has always lived in close proximity to mankind in his native India and it seems he does the same here. They were Australia’s earliest deer import with the first arriving from India in 1803. “All I could think of when I saw those plump little piglets,” Peter said grinning,“was a pork barbecue.”. Hog Deer populations occur throughout the Gippsland coastal area in low to moderate concentrations. Chital are also found in limited areas north of Port Macquarie and Inverell in NSW, Texas in Queensland and Water Valley in S.A. Sambar Deer are solitary by nature, extremely wary and inhabit difficult and complex terrain. Young stags shed their antlers every year, while older animals may keep theirs for up to four years. Breeds available are Plymouth Rock, Australorp and one cross. As of 2019, Chital Deer and Rusa Deer have no wild populations in Victoria. Healthy wild populations of Chital exist in Queensland near Charters Towers, with other smaller isolated population in NSW, South Australia and Victoria. The antlers are large in relation to the size of the deer, reaching a length of up to 96cm in India. This hunt is very enjoyable and one of our most popular. In Australia, the longest chital antlers may exceed 82cm. Calibres for chital start with the .270 Winchester and a good quality telescopic sight is essential. In India the peak mating time is early winter, and fawns may be dropped at any season. Chital Deer (stag)                                                      Chital Deer (hind). Released into NSW firstly, they were later introduced in to both QLD and Victoria, with the QLD release being the most successful. Often the last deer to be hunted by many east coast Australians because of the Chital's patchy and isolated distribution. The stags' antlers are quite different from any other wild Australian deer and are palmated (similar to the moose) with a reasonable representative trophy being around the 20 inch mark with 12 or more points. Then, much closer and almost directly below us, we found some more pigs that were coming right towards us. “Right now. Bag limit: one (1) male (stag) and one (1) female (hind) may be taken during the open season. Enjoy a full on Fly camp experience and maybe learn some tips along the way. Hog Deer (stag)                                         Hog Deer (hind). There are a number of Rusa species and they are similar to the Sambar and are able to inter-breed. They frequent many different habitat types from heavy forest, rough mountainous terrain to more open-country. Deer in Australia. 1–30 April). Click here for more information on Taxidermy work with Magnum Hunts Hunt Sambar deer in Victoria's high country with Cameron Sambar Deer Hunting! Axis or chital deer (Axis axis) Chital deer were amongst the first species brought to Australia, with records dating as far back as 1803. (Dama dama), Red Deer (Cervus elaphus), Chital Deer (Axis axis) and Rusa Deer (Rusa timorensis). Hog Deer were introduced to Australia from India and Ceylon in the 1860's. I’ve scored more instant kills using traditional cup-and-core bullets like the Woodleigh, Remington Core-Lokt, Hornady Interlock and Speer Mag-Tip in calibres from .270 to .308, but for rifles in the 6mm and .25-.26 calibre class it pays to use a controlled expansion bullet like the Barnes TSX which will open up uniformly, yet hold together and penetrate deeply. The rut occurs around April and the stags are quite vocal. Soon we could see that they were a sow with a litter of half grown youngsters. Mild recoil makes it pleasant to shoot, it’s deadly accurate and has scored at least a dozen clean one-shot kills on deer ranging in size from hog to red stag at ranges from 70 to 250 metres. There were three stags in the group, but not one had antlers long enough to be classed as a worthwhile trophy. Chital don’t mind living in close proximity to people and often congregate around a station homestead. The hog deer was first liberated in Victoria in 1865 and has established its range in … During the rut, the stags fight for possession of the hinds, but do not roar; instead, uttering a long, shrill shrieking noise. The As soon as I reached the timber just under the opposite ridge, I found the deer moving slowly through some brush about 200 metres away. Chital Deer in Victoria is unclear. Hog deer (Axis porcinus) Hog deer were released at various locations around Victoria in 1865 but today their range is limited to areas of south and east Gippsland, where suitable habitat still exists. The tail is raised when alarmed. There’s no such thing as the perfect deer rifle; at least no one calibre that could be said to be superior to all others. It was rocky and it was hard going for a while, but I finally came out on top of a grassy slope that allowed easy access to the creek bank where the country was more undulating and semi-open. Six species ended up establishing wild, free ranging populations. They are uniform dark brown with ginger and cream under-parts. It is a 2.5hr drive from Townsville Airport. There is limited hunting opportunity for this species in Victoria. Appearance. Rusa Deer form small herds. There are four different colour variations: red, black, white and menil (meaning spotted). Feral chital deer is a restricted invasive animal under the Biosecurity Act 2014. No rifle rest was handy, so I dropped to a sitting position. Deer Hunting Australia. Rusa Deer (stag)                                                  Rusa Deer (hind). Chital Deer were introduced to Australia from India in the 1860s. They are known to grow antlers to the 36 inch mark. The first species of deer to reach our shores was the chital (from the Bengali word for spotted) which is native to India and Sri Lanka. Photos of Chital Deer can be found in the hunting section. 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