Last weekend I headed off with some mates for a backpack hunt into the Victorian alpine. I went into an area that I have hunted a few times previously but attempted the hunt a different way every time.
The walk in tested a few blokes legs and backs but once we reached our camping destination we were able to admire the view of the big faces that we were going to hunt. Deer were soon spotted and plans were made to try and secure the guys first sambar stags.
The country was dry and noisy but there was plenty of sign around that kept expectations high. The days were unseasonably hot and the snakes had started showing up across the mountains. Throughout the hunt half a dozen snakes were spotted getting their first sun of the season. One of the sightings was of the feared brown so a wide berth was given and an extra eye was then put on the ground.
The camp was mainly kitted in Hunters Element Veil camo and its performance was evident in the stalks and attempts to spot each other over distant faces. If it was not for the blaze caps it would have been near impossible to spot each other at any distance.
Even though all the blokes were on their first or second backpack hunts they still had high standards with eyes only for mature stags for their firsts. Although many deer were spotted along the way many were immature and had their best years in front of them.
Alex worked hard the whole hunt and was rewarded with a quality stag to open his sambar stag account. It was great watching the hunt unfold and Alex taking the animal after a 2 hour stalk. The kill was as clean as you could ask for and the big bodied stag was in the bag after a couple of nervous hours. You could tell instantly how much it meant to him and that moment really made the trip after all his effort.
The decision to hang in there for an extra day and do an early morning walk out rather than move to another camp paid off. The old “one more go” worked as we had just got a good idea of the area were were hunting.
Hopefully another backpack sambar hunt in the coming weeks comes with the same success, before the Australian summer kicks into high gear.
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