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Wide Rusa Trophy Heralds In New Era

Aug 01, 2009

Colin and Alison Murray of Belle New Caledonia Safaris have started their first New Caledonian outfitting season with a bang. They bought their operation from well known previous owner Jamie Bell and immediately guide Colin has shown his guiding worth.
I was the lucky first up client and on my last hunting day, in a torrential rain storm, harvested an unusual trophy. Traditionally Rusa trophies are much of a sameness in spread and span (14-22 inches) so it is the length that most hunters seek out. An average head is 30 to 33 inches long, a 36 incher is a great trophy, and anything longer is superb. My trophy bucks the trend, by going out rather than up. 
The stag I shot is 34 inches in length, but incredibly is 30 inches tip to tip in width, and 29 inches in span. Outer and brow tine length is average, but inners, antler weight and colour is good. It also had a great headskin, as the rut in early July is just beginning. The pictures below show the character of the head. The Murrays have a full complement of hunters in their first season, and bookings are already coming in for future years. If interested in New Caledonia hunting, act quickly as the season is short and interest high. I will be writing an article on these new developments in a forthcoming issue of The Hunting Report.


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