The current bushfire emergency effect on Sambar Behaviour

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.

Purchase SOT Volume 2 and read all 45 in-depth pages about the effect of the current bushfire situation on your Sambar hunting.

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Errol Mason's - Secrets of the Sambar®

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

Over the past 18 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. As well as their sambar trilogy - Errol, and his wife Lynne, also publish their extremely popular magazine - Secrets of the Sambar and Other Cervidae.

Through his books, highly regarded Hunt Smart® Training Course, and magazine - Errol is now offering to pass on knowledge which is an investment in a lifetime of more enjoyable and successful hunting.

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Our renowned Hunt Smart Training Course is an investment in a lifetime of more enjoyable and successful hunting.


The principles of my Hunt Smart® system are based upon 30 years research into the biology, ecology and behaviour of sambar. Using this knowledge I have devised the most effective tactics for hunting this elusive Big Brown Deer.

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SOTS Magazine Issue 17

Issue 17

Issue 17 - Subscribers copies will be posted on Friday 20th July 2017, 14 Days before it goes on sale in Newsagents and Gun Shops on Thursday 3rd August 2017.

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Secrets of the Sambar Trilogy

After 18 years of endless study including 6 years guiding hunters to the trophy of a lifetime, Errol Mason has written 3 complete volumes covering the biology, ecology, behaviour and strategies for hunting Sambar, arguably the worlds most elusive deer.

Each volume is packed with facts and tips and each includes 150 colour plates of stunning photos taken by the author and other hunters. These splendid books are hard cover with dust jacket and are full colour throughout the 256 pages. Each chapter features numerous easy-to-reference sub-headings, plus a comprehensive index. Outstanding graphite drawings by local wildlife artist Milosh Kraguljac, compliment this three volume set.

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