A Place To Hunt Free-Range Sambar Deer In California


Published: January - 2010

A newly opened opportunity has come on line to hunt free-range sambar deer on a huge property in California. Operator Don Anderson of Anderson Taxidermy and Guide Service, Inc. has just gained access to the place, where he says the deer have not been hunted in 40 years.

The property Anderson is hunting is huge. Anderson hunted the property himself and took a big sambar stag measuring 150 1/8 SCI, ranking as the largest free-range typical sambar in SCI's North American records book. This past September, he took two clients on this hunt, and one of them took an even bigger stag. It had not been officially scored at this writing, but the initial green-score was 160 SCI, making it the new Number One in its category. The lucky hunter was Hunting Report subscriber Peter Bollinger, and you can see a photo of his trophy in the Trophy Gallery section of our web site. The second hunter, Bob Howard, took a smaller stag, measuring about 150 SCI (also posted in our Trophy Gallery). The SCI minimum is 115. Anderson says he has seen a number of 150-class and better sambar on the property.

Despite the size of the property, Anderson says these deer tend to stay in the coastal area of the ranch, which is only about two to three miles from the Pacific Ocean. They inhabit the rolling draws, creek bottoms and other lower country where there are lots of oak trees. The hunts are not very physically demanding, although there is a bit of walking involved and some places can be steep to get up and down. Hunters spot deer while driving the property or while glassing from a vantage point, then stalk the deer on foot. Some of the area is covered with thick brush. During Howard's hunt, Anderson had to post him and flush the stag out to him from a thick screen of trees.

Due to California law, the hunt currently takes place at the same time as the Regular A Zone Deer season, in late August and throughout most of........(continued)

 
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