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Experience the ultimate Hunting challange

Sambar deer hunt & training course

To get the most out of hunting sambar deer you want to get close to them. Feel the adrenaline that only comes from being so close you can see the whites of their eyes!

I will train you how to stalk sambar deer, the most difficult hunting method. You'll get in close... really close!

Ambush techniques often rely on private land access to be highly successful. But I'll show you how to find good public land and keep hunting even once the deer are in their beds.

Stalking techniques and other hunting styles

'Sit and wait', glassing & ambush techniques in the morning and evening are commonly used to hunt sambar. These methods are very effective. But if you want the ultimate challenge then you need to learn to stalk though the bush and predict where deer are at any time of the day.


I will cover all hunting styles and we'll spend most of our training time in the bush hunting these awesome deer.

The time and money spent in the learning years doing the wrong things can be easily avoided and an education course from an experienced sambar hunter will change everything for you.

About your guide

My name is Daniel Grixti and I'm a former Fisheries Scientist and University lecturer, so I am a deer hunting guide who knows how to teach.

Learning by doing

The training course focuses on learning by doing and will constantly provide you with choices that will change the likelihood of finding a deer.

Topics covered during hunting training

Topics covered are:

  • Finding hunting spots and planning hunts,

  • Using mapping and technology

  • Linking weather and hunting methods

  • Deer behaviour and sign

  • Being an adaptable hunter

  • Shot placement, shoot a deer, after the shot

Sambar Deer HunTing

Sambar Deer hunting is not a sport, it is an obsession.

Hunting sambar deer - the ultimate challenge

It is the ultimate challenge of your patience, endurance, nerve, resolve and hunting skill. But when you come face to face with a Sambar it is all worth it.

Sambar live in bushland and are rarely found in the open. A Sambar’s eyesight is average, picking up movement quite well, but struggling to identify stationary objects. However, its sense of smell and hearing coupled with its evolution to evade the tiger, make outsmarting the sambar deer very difficult.

Steve's big sambar deer

Sambar deer hunting

Deer hunting dogs with hunter and deer in Victorian forest
hunters at night with trophy sambar dear
Sambar deer on Victorian forest floor
Guided samber deer hunting
Guided samber deer hunting

Key Hunting Notes (all sambar hunted are free range)

WHEN: March until November

WHERE: Start at Benalla, Victoria, Australia, The areas we hunt are a combination of private and public land depending on the time of year and weather conditions. We have guiding access to possibly the largest privately owned Sambar wilderness areas in southern Australia.

HUNTING METHODS: Stalking through bush with some glassing and ambush methods.

TYPICAL DAY: Wake up in the dark prior to sunrise for light breakfast, then commence hunting until mid morning. Depending on hunter fitness and hunting scenario, return to have lunch break or carry on with lunch in the bush. Hunt evening until dark. Of course when you shoot a deer the hunt will change to deer retrieval.


  • Some low level fitness for glassing and sit and wait methods.

  • Medium to high fitness for stalking or backpack hunts.

  • Game licence and firearms licence (we will organise for international hunters)

ACCOMMODATION: Depending on client preference, accommodation is at our lodge, bush huts, camper trailers or bush camps.

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