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Errol Mason's - Secrets of the Sambar®

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Sambar are large, elusive, cunning deer, revered for their ability to elude hunters.

Arguably sambar are a greater prize than Africa's most desirable and most difficult-to-hunt trophies such as Bongo, Derby Eland and Mountain Nyala. As when hunting these African antelope, success on sambar is dependent upon possessing an intimate understanding of the ways of these wily beasts.

After first hunting sambar in 1978, Errol instantly became addicted and in 1990 decided to dedicate the rest of his life to learning everything possible about this intriguing species.

Over the past 12 years Errol has guided many hunters to the Trophy of a Lifetime. He has also written the definitive trilogy on sambar - Secrets of the Sambar - Biology, Ecology, Behaviour and Hunting Strategies. All 3 books in the series were designed by Errol's wife Lynne, who is a graphic designer. As well as self-publishing this sambar trilogy - Errol & Lynne also self-publish their extremely popular magazine - Secrets of the Sambar and Other Cervidae. This magazine is available by subscribing and from selected newsagents and gun shops.

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Secrets of the Sambar Volumes 1, 2 and 3 are available individually or as a complete set. All copies are signed by the author.

Through his books, his highly regarded Hunt Smart© Training Course, and now his NEW magazine - Errol is now offering to pass on knowledge which is certain to FAST-TRACK you to the 'Trophy of a Lifetime'.

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Latest Success Story

Sambar Deer Hunting Success Story

Hi Errol,

Thanks to your books I was able to watch this Magnificent Sambar Stag - with 30.5x31.5 antlers - asleep in his bed for 35 minutes from an unbelievable 40m away.

Although I am only 23, I have been hunting sambar for 10 years, or at least trying to hunt sambar for that time. When Errol wrote his Secrets of the Sambar books my hunting world changed. For the first time I began to plan my hunts and think more deeply about successful hunts and unsuccessful hunts alike. Where did I go wrong? What worked well? How could I do better?

I had to break my old habits like stomping through the bush, walking quickly, not even carrying binoculars and just going hunting with no planning at all. I had to teach myself where to look for these magnificent animals and how to look for them.

Since adopting the Mason hunting principles my hunting has improved beyond comprehension. With those skills I was able to anticipate where a 30+ inch mature sambar stag was likely to be on a cold morning and approach him without him even waking whilst I stood only 40m away watching him sleep in the sun. 

Thank you Errol for all your knowledge and hard work. I have only one complaint. Why couldn’t you have written these books sooner!!!

Kind Regards

Rob Mauracher
Mornington VIC

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Secrets of the Sambar Magazine

Now Available Online

Our magazine is now available to be purchased and viewed online. It can be read on any device - and is especially optimised for iPads and other tablet devices.

This is particularly great news for our NZ and other overseas readers - you can now receive our magazine without the postage cost on top!

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Secrets of the Sambar Volume 1
has been Revised, Updated and Reprinted!
$140 includes postage within Australia
- Available Now

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Read Success Stories from People who have learned to Hunt Smart

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More and more attendees of our Hunt Smart® Training Course have been Fast-Tracked to the Trophy of a Lifetime.

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their Success Stories

Errol Mason - Australia's Sambar Deer Specialist. PO Box 727 Bairnsdale, Vic. Australia 3875 Tel: 03 5156 8278