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RUSA DEER

Hunting, shooting, fishing for Rusa deer

Stalking, Highseat, Bowhunting, Hunting from a Blind


Getting into range to target a stocky Rusa buck, sometimes getting only as close as a several hundred meters, and bringing down a nice looking buck with a well-prepared rifle can really get the blood pumping.

Bushwhacking through dense blankets of fern or other underbrush and walking up to where you get a chance to shoot at a Rusa, also commonly referred to as Javan, Timor or Sunda sambar deer requires a calm, focused shot, using all senses to confidently bring down a Rusa.

Rusa are a particularly hardy species of deer, living through a variety of climates, particularly hot, humid and extremely dry places. Spot-and-stalk, stalking and high seat methods are all valuable variations to hunting for Rusa.

Rusa are a privileged, trophy hunt for hunters across the islands of southeast Asia, Australia and New Zealand. Glassing for them early evening and morning hours as they are semi-nocturnal is best.

Sometimes you will see a buck wallow, bringing plant vegetation around his antlers to potentially frighten off other stags.

Basic Info


Scientific name: Rusa timorensis 

Size: height: 110 cm

Weight: 135 kg

Lifespan: 20 years

Methods: Bow hunting, Hunting from a blind, Highseat, Stalking

Continent(s): South East Asia, Australia