Errol MasonSKU: SOTSVOL2



Secrets of the Sambar Volume 2

By Errol Mason



The Sensory System

Full colour images of the highest quality are used to demonstrate how sambar use the three most used senses - smell, vision and hearing - to detect predators, humans included.

Dominance Hierarchy

Explains how a complete age structure of stags is able to live together in relative harmony and answers the often asked question, "If you shoot the dominant stag, how long before another moves in?" It describes methods used by stags to establish dominance without resorting to actual combat, but describes several blow by blow contests between stags intent on killing each other.

Australia’s Top Stags

Includes photos of the stag plus highly educational stories as to how Australia’s #7, #9 and #10 sambar stags were taken.

The Mating System

Full and double page enlargements of high quality images shows stags testing the receptivity of hinds and a hind giving birth. The sambar’s mating system is described from A to Z and explains why sambar do not rut like red and fallow deer.

Bushfires - Immediate to Long Term Effects

During the 2003 bushfires which burnt 1.3 million hectares of forested mountain country in north east Victoria and Gippsland, the author studied the immediate to long term effects of these fires on Sambar and other wildlife. Errol continued his study during and after the 2006/2007 fires which burnt another 1.2 million hectares throughout the north east and Gippsland. As well as spending countless months on the ground, Errol flew for 2.5 hours over the massive area destroyed by the 2003 fires, and again over the 2006/2007 inferno, during which he took hundreds of photographs which captured the devastating impact.

Errol’s study resulted in the publication of the 45 page chapter Bushfire - Immediate to Long Term Effects in Secrets of the Sambar Volume 2. Aided by photographs, he describes the recycling and regenerating power of nature from the moment everything has been reduced to ash to the succulent and nutritious regrowth which follows. Errol explains the immediate to long term effects on sambar survival, reproduction and antler growth. He also explains that where you will find sambar in the months and years after the fire is determined by the intensity of the burn in that area. In many areas few deer will have been killed, whilst in those which resemble “moonscapes” every creature will have been scorched, some even vaporised.

Utility Gun Dogs

Covers puppy selection, training and effective strategies for hunting sambar with a gun dog. Includes top tips from several expert sambar hunters.

Hunting by Scent

This unique chapter, based upon scientific research conducted in the UK in the 1920’s, identifies the precise nature of scent, what it is and how long it lasts in various weather conditions and what causes it to dissipate. When and why scent will be good and when and why it will be bad is discussed in detail. It explains how hounds and gundogs track and find sambar and how sambar use scent to detect predators – including humans.

Our Dianas of Hunting

How a mother and daughter harvested their trophy sambar stags, one with the help of their English Pointer.

Tactics for Wallows

If you ambush just any wallow you are wasting your precious hunting time. By teaching you which is the best wallow to ambush, why it’s the best, how to build and where to position your hide, this book will help you get the most out of your time in the bush.

Hunting the Sub-Alpine

Learn how sambar use this unique habitat very differently to habitats at lower elevations. The ‘Special Tactics’ required for consistent success when hunting the sub-alpine are covered step by step.

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