After we took some photos, it didn’t take long to field dress him, but we had some work to do with axe and crowbar before we could get the 4x4 down into the gully where the deer lay. Adult Red Deer typically have a reddish-brown coat. Often the last deer to be hunted by many east coast Australians because of the Chital's patchy and isolated distribution. 'Wildlife' are further considered to be 'protected wildlife' and may not be destroyed without authorisation, except where they are listed under the Catchment and Land Protection Act 1994 (CALP Act) or where they are declared to be 'unprotected' under the Act. Deer Hunting Australia. There are four different colour variations: red, black, white and menil (meaning spotted). Chital Deer (stag)                                                      Chital Deer (hind). The gestation period is about eight months and a single fawn is the norm. They are known to grow antlers to the 36 inch mark. Chital Deer characteristics. The post will discuss the answers to questions 28-40. The prettiest of all Australia's deer species, the Chital is also a quality hunting adversary. Feral chital deer is a restricted invasive animal under the Biosecurity Act 2014. Chital are arguably the prettiest deer in Australia. He has survived competition with domestic stock, unrestricted hunting and can live in the open as well as in the bush. Healthy wild populations of Chital exist in Queensland near Charters Towers, with other smaller isolated population in NSW, South Australia and Victoria. Hurry”. The rut occurs around April and the stags are quite vocal. Chital Deer What is Velvet ? Fallow deer are a medium-sized deer species, with a highly variable coat colour. 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 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. Hunt Sambar deer in Victoria's high country with Cameron Sambar Deer Hunting! This hunt is very enjoyable and one of our most popular. A close relative of the chital is the much smaller hog deer or Para. 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. 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. Chital hunting is mainly on foot, although a vehicle or quadbike is used to cover the vast distances on this ranch. The hind is about two-thirds the size of the stag. There were three stags in the group, but not one had antlers long enough to be classed as a worthwhile trophy. 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. A game licence is required to hunt in Tasmania, including all deer. Chital, (Cervus axis, sometimes Axis axis), Asiatic deer, belonging to the family Cervidae (order Artiodactyla). Rusa inhabit numerous different habitat types, from farm fringe to thickly vegetated swampy areas. Feral chital deer occur in many areas throughout Queensland, small areas in NSW, Victoria and the south-east of South Australia. Victoria offers the only viable hunting opportunity for this species in Australia. Today Victoria has a healthy deer population, predominantly made up of Sambar, Fallow and Red Deer. Chital deer have a life cycle that is less predictable than fallow, red and rusa deer. This is a series of short video clips of Chital deer that I have filmed over the last 10 years. 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. The antlers are large in relation to the size of the deer, reaching a length of up to 96cm in India. The Hog Deer season is open only in the month of April each year (i.e. In 1862, chital deer were released by the Acclimatization Society of Victoria in two locations. This is because our six different species of deer vary greatly in size and choice of habitat. One thing’s certain, there's no advantage to being over-gunned for lightly built, soft-skinned chital. Red Deer are a herd animal and have a strong herding instinct and highly developed social order. The deer have thrived, despite the inroads made by dingoes and poachers preying on the herd and, today, its future seems assured. The day after Peter shot the deer, we drove out and up onto a rocky hill to glass. Victoria allows the 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. No rifle rest was handy, so I dropped to a sitting position. On this day I was carrying my Mark X Mauser in 6.5x65mm RWS shooting a handload of 49gn of AR2209 which lofted the 120gn Barnes TSX out at 3180fps. CHITAL FACTS: Description The Chital is a reddish deer with white spots from the neck to the rump and down onto the hind thighs. They breed during the April/May rut, fawns are born in December and the bucks cast their antlers in October. By With their graceful lyre-shaped antlers and beautiful white spotted coats, the chital is the most handsome of all deer. 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. Bag limit: one (1) male (stag) and one (1) female (hind) may be taken during the open season. Populations also exist in New South Wales and the Northern Territory. At the shot, the boar dropped and lay still. Calves are spotted at birth. Meat or trophy. In India chital are deep-forest dwellers, known for their elusive shyness but, in north Queensland, they seem to favour rather open lightly timbered plains country where they can graze; preferring the banks of creeks and rivers. Raising my binocular, I studied the deer for size. Chital Deer Hunting. 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. 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. In Australia most chital rut between June and July and the fawns are born between January and February. South Australia allows hunting of all introduced species at any time of the year – this includes all deer. They can be found in a variety of habitats, including open grasslands, open and closed woodlands, thick forests and … “Right now. The Hog Deer is a herding animal and is found in the coastal tea-tree swamp areas. 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. Our Hunts are conducted in North Queensland on very large private property. He was a mature animal and we estimated his live weight at around 200 kilos. Chital are less nocturnal than sambar and often feed until late in the morning and again from early afternoon. Red Deer were introduced to Australia from England in 1860. Chital are natives of India and Sri Lanka where they comprise the major part of the tiger’s prey. Rusa Deer were introduced to Australia from Malaysia in 1868. However, Victoria now has extensive populations of Fallow that offer good hunting opportunities. 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. During the rut, the stags fight for possession of the hinds, but do not roar; instead, uttering a long, shrill shrieking noise. They are absent from other regions. Their strongest foot-holds are Tasmania, South Australia and New South Wales. There is limited hunting opportunity for this species in Victoria. This was a rough, sparsely timbered area, where we made several trips along low ridges which hemmed in shallow gullies. They prefer to graze at dawn and dusk. The legal status of deer in Victoria is curious. Six deer species are listed as game for the purpose of hunting. The hind is somewhat smaller, weighing only 30kg. 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 … Peter went along one ridge and I took the other, hunting carefully and slowly. A number of species of wild deer were introduced to Australia, beginning in the mid nineteenth century. They frequent many different habitat types from heavy forest, rough mountainous terrain to more open-country. Habitat. Hog Deer do not cast their antlers in a regular fashion, however, around August to October is most common. In Victoria, all deer are declared to be 'wildlife' for the purposes of the Wildlife Act 1975 (the Act). They have a dark chocolate brown coat with extensive small white spots spread over their body. Calibres for chital start with the .270 Winchester and a good quality telescopic sight is essential. The deer have thrived, despite the inroads made by dingoes and poachers preying on the herd and, today, its future seems assured. They are uniform dark brown with ginger and cream under-parts. He wasn’t bouncing or jumping; he was running flat out for a thick patch of wattle. Peter fired and the stag stumbled but managed to keep going. The Fallow is a very pretty deer of medium size. It must not be kept, moved, fed, given away, sold, or released into the environment. A mature buck will stand up-to about 95 cm at the shoulder and weigh up to about 90kg. The underside is whitish. 2 Objective To determine the historical and current distributions of Fallow Deer, Red Deer, Hog Deer and Chital Deer in Victoria. The Rusa is a uniform greyish/brown and has light creamy under-parts. Deer introduced by acclimatisation societies have been recorded in the wild in Victoria since at least the 1860's. Mature stags will stand around 120cm at the shoulder and weigh approximately 160kg. The healthy populations of deer in Victoria means that, except for Hog Deer, there is no bag limit for deer. Enjoy a full on Fly camp experience and maybe learn some tips along the way. Most Red Deer hunting occurs on private land where permission must be sought from the landowner. As of 2019, Chital Deer and Rusa Deer have no wild populations in Victoria. In rut, the buck makes an unmistakable croak, similar to a grunting pig which makes them an easy target for hunters. Chital are prolific breeders. Sign-up to receive the weekly email newsletter. The rut is slightly irregular because hinds come into oestrous at different times of the year; accordingly, the stags rut at different times. The antlers are have typically three points on each side (six-tined), are heavy and may reach lengths of greater than 30 inches. Appearance. No world record, for sure, but a good representative head. Over the years, however, this herd has been decimated due to closer settlement and indiscriminate shooting, so their survival is doubtful. The Act requires everyone to take all reasonable and practical steps to minimise the risks associated with invasive animals under their control. Healthy wild populations of Chital exist in Queensland near Charters Towers, with other smaller isolated population in NSW, South Australia and Victoria. Soon I found a good stag grazing slowly through the thinly scattered trees way ahead and across on the other side. Males reach nearly 90 cm and females 70 cm at the shoulder; the head-and-body length is around one.7 metres. Fallow are now found in all states with the exception of the Northern Territory. Released into NSW firstly, they were later introduced in to both QLD and Victoria, with the QLD release being the most successful. There are a number of rules and regulations that all Hog Deer hunters must be aware of before they go hunting. Chital Deer are considered to be the most beautiful species. The next morning we rose just before dawn and ate a hurried breakfast before driving toward the far boundary. The stags' antlers are typically three points on each side (six-tined) and the inner tops are generally parallel. Adult bucks (males) stand around 90-95 cm at the shoulder and weig… The The deer kept going for another ten metres before piling up in a heap. Chital, being a tropical species, do not have the distinct rut and breeding season seen in other species, such as Red Deer. 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. The upper portions of mature male antlers are flattened with numerous points. Sambar Deer are a very large deer. The chital (/ tʃ iː t əl /) (Axis axis), also known as spotted deer, chital deer, and axis deer, is a species of deer that is native to the Indian subcontinent.It was first described by German naturalist Johann Christian Polycarp Erxleben in 1777. A mature stag will stand up to about 90cm at the shoulder and weigh about 85kg. 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. The upper bank of the creek was fairly flat and I ran half crouched over to close the distance and get within range before the stag could get out of sight or into heavy cover. 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. Then in 1863, four chital were let go on Wilsons Promontory, followed by five at Yerong in 1870. 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. Other liberations took place in a number of areas in Australia but in Queensland the species has not only survived but flourished. 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. Matching the bullet to the game is just as important as the calibre in ensuring the success of any deer hunt. Stags attain a shoulder height of about 70cm and weight of 55kg and hinds are proportionally smaller (60cm, 30-35kg). A variety of five week old chicks available for $10 each or can can do all 5 for $45. Young stags shed their antlers every year, while older animals may keep theirs for up to four years. 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. 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. Red, fallow, hog and chital favour lightly timbered, undulating grassy country where long shots are likely to be the rule rather than the exception. Chital deer are gregarious and roam about in large herds. They were Australia’s earliest deer import with the first arriving from India in 1803. Peter field dressed him and we loaded him on the 4x4 leaving the caping chore for when he got back to the homestead. The underside is white/cream. Red Deer occur in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland. It lives in grasslands and forests in India and Sri Lanka in herds of up to 100 or more. A mature stag will stand up to 110cm at the shoulder and weigh around 135kg. Fallow Deer (buck)                                                            Fallow Deer (Doe). 1–30 April). He dropped on the spot and lay still without a kick. A moderate-sized deer, male chital reach nearly 90 cm (35 in) and females 70 cm (28 in) at the shoulder. Hog Deer are a highly valued game species, and bag limits are set to allow hunters to take one male and one female Hog Deer per season. The tail is raised when alarmed. The hind will stand up to about 80cm, weighing up to about 60kg. A mature stag can stand 130cm at the shoulder and weigh up to 230kg. Open season: from the first day in April (1 April) to last day in April (30 April) each year. Chital are also found in limited areas north of Port Macquarie and Inverell in NSW, Texas in Queensland and Water Valley in S.A. Antlers are a reddy-brown with a beam that curves backwards and outwards in a lyre-shaped formation which gives this deer an unusually graceful appearance. Spot and stalk is the main method used or sometimes a hide or blind is another successful method. The usual number of points is six, but trophies with extra points are sometimes encountered. Hog Deer were introduced to Australia from India and Ceylon in the 1860's. The antlers are shed soon after the rut. 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. Chital breed throughout the year and, likewise, stags can be seen in full hard antler, in velvet and shed of antlers at any particular point of time. They are a medium to large-sized deer. “All I could think of when I saw those plump little piglets,” Peter said grinning,“was a pork barbecue.”. guiding hunters of any experience, age or gender, rifle, bow or camera . Soon we could see that they were a sow with a litter of half grown youngsters. Protected wildlife: Chital, fallow, hog, red, rusa, sambar, sika, sika-red hybrids and Wapiti are listed as Protected Wildlife under the Wildlife Act 1975 and it is an offence to hunt, take, or destroy these deer species unless authorised. Rusa Deer (stag)                                                  Rusa Deer (hind). Hog Deer have a brownish/straw colour coat and may have white spots in the summer. This herd of chital (axis axis ceylonensis) are descendants of a stag and two hinds introduced from Ceylon by William Hann in 1866. 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. Taxidermy - Chital Deer. He had three points to a side on a high, evenly matched rack. Halting on a bit of a rise, I sat down to glass with my Leica 10x40 binocular. Hinds are approximately two-thirds the size of the male. Fallow Deer were introduced to Australia from England in the 1830's. The IELTS Academic Reading: Cambridge Reading Sample; ‘Deer Farming in Australia’ with answers. It appeared to be large black boar, but he was traveling away and would soon be out of sight and out of range. They are mostly found in herds of ten to thirty, but larger herds of a hundred are not uncommon. 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. Hog Deer populations occur throughout the Gippsland coastal area in low to moderate concentrations. Chital are usually found in lightly forested areas or adjoining clearings. Deer in Australia. 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. Its spotted coat is reddish brown above and A mature stag will stand about 91cm high at the shoulder and weigh about 86kgs. (Dama dama), Red Deer (Cervus elaphus), Chital Deer (Axis axis) and Rusa Deer (Rusa timorensis). There are exceptional hunting opportunities in eastern and central Victoria. In fact, today, the deer’s numbers have increased so much that they are competing with stock for pasture and landholders have had to start culling them. Species considered pests include red, chital, fallow and rusa deer. The hinds are smaller in size and stand up to 110cm and weigh up to 180kg. The antlers typically have three points on each side (six-tined), are thin and may grow to around 16 inches. Six species ended up establishing wild, free ranging populations. Gippsland is one of Australia’s great deer hunting destinations with deer found in coastal swamps through to the highest snow covered peaks. I had a hard job picking up the target in my scope as the boar was meandering about and wasn’t easy to follow. Dingley Dell caters for all Australian Deer Species: – Sambar, Red, Hog, Rusa, Chital… “Dingley Dell” is a family operated business with Travis Onslow. Accommodation is of comfortable standard. 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. 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. 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. Peter got the first chance at a trophy stag that he surprised lying in the shady head of the gully. The antlers are typically three points on each side (six tined) and are thin and slender growing up to about 35 inches. Sambar Deer are solitary by nature, extremely wary and inhabit difficult and complex terrain. Chital (pronounced Cheetal), also widely known as Axis Deer and Spotted Deer – are regarded by many as the most beautiful deer in the world. The inside legs and underside of the tail are also white. Click here for more information on Taxidermy work with Magnum Hunts But the greatest concentration of spotted deer is found west of Charters Towers in an area which takes in such well known properties as Bluff Downs, Wondovale, Maryvale and Niall. 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