Mauritius offers some very nice Javan Rusa stags.
By Barbara Crown, Editor-in-Chief
We first told you about the trophy rusa deer hunting on Mauritius back in 2008 (see Article 2159
). Mauritius, located off the coast of East Africa beyond Madagascar, is a vacation paradise with five-star beach resorts and renowned big game fishing. It's one of those rare destinations where you can take a nonhunting spouse and family for a tropical vacation and easily get in some quality hunting. There are 40,000 rusa deer on Mauritius, and the annual harvest is about 18,000 a year. These are pure-strain Javan rusa deer that have not been exposed to other varieties or species that could interbreed.
What occasions this reminder is that we just learned of a second operator there offering hunting for Javan rusa deer. This past Feb. we visited with Wes Hixon of Wes Hixon's Outdoor Adventures & Travel (706-657-3527; www.weshixon.com
) at the Safari Club International convention in Las Vegas. Hixon is working with Ivan Charoux, who operates hunts on two separate private properties, one on the west coast of Mauritius, the other on the east. Both have perimeter fencing but no subdivisions. Each requires different techniques and offers a different hunting experience, as the deer have adapted to the different terrain and conditions.
The east coast of Mauritius is hilly and receives more rain, so it is covered in dense brush. The property there encompasses 8,000 acres. Typically small herds of 20 to 50 deer do not move in the morning but come out in the afternoons to graze. Hunting is in the afternoon by walking and stalking....