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Errol Mason and his wife Lynne operate Shikari Press, a family owned business committed to studying and photographing sambar deer in Victoria's High Country, then publishing the results in full colour, best quality books. They also run training courses for sambar hunters.

Between 2000 and 2005 Errol guided many clients to the trophy of a lifetime and along the way gained a deep insight into the sambar's mysterious ways.

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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'.

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

Errol's latest book, ‘The Hunt Smart System ®' was released in January 2019. The book is the culmination of almost forty years studying Sambar and is presented in chronological order just as Errol teaches on his highly successful Hunt Smart® course. The positive attitudes to this book have been greatly influenced by the outstanding "Peer Reviews" from highly experienced Sambar hunters which are posted on the book product page - View 'The Hunt Smart System' ®

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Errol Mason

Errol Mason

Possessing a wealth of experience and knowledge accumulated during 40 years of hunting and studying sambar, Errol Mason truly is a Sambar Deer Specialist who possesses a deep insight into the mysterious ways of this intriguing species.


“The author, Errol Mason, is well known in sambar hunting circles as a hunter, guide and prodigious writer on all subjects relating to these magnificent deer. As an educator, and a man with a bent for chronological and forensic examination of the facts, and the facts only, it follows that he is a fairly intense individual - this is the cornerstone of his style, his narrative is direct and to the point.

However, one of the outstanding successes of this book is the manner in which it is written; throughout the chapters he creates a matrix of sound practical knowledge straight out of the bush. Solid facts become overlays that are presented to the reader in a well-constructed and flowing style - this in effect takes the mystery out of a most difficult subject.“

  • The late Dick Power – Master of In-Close photography.
  • Author of 27 Articles in Secrets of the Sambar and Other Cervidae magazine.
  • Many of his outstanding ‘In - Close’ photos appear in The Hunt Smart System book.

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Lynne Mason

Lynne Mason

Errol's wife Lynne designed and edited Volumes 1, 2 and 3 and The Hunt Smart System ® in her usual masterly style.


“Is a photo, and the manner in which it is displayed, worth a thousand words”?

“Open the pages and I am sure you will agree that it is. The book exudes quality, and the graphic artistry, design and presentation is of course the hallmark of Errol's highly talented wife Lynne. Being that I come from 'back in the day', I have seen a lot of books and magazines, there are none that match, or exceed, the professionalism of Lynne Mason's work.”

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