"Early season Sambar are always a great option. Often stags are hard velvet or stripping and haven’t had a lot of hunting pressure over the warmer months. It’s a superb time to kick off the cooler weather hunting stretching the legs in big country and keen hunter @aussiedeerhunter recently harvested this heavy 27” stag.
Looking at the big wide forehead, body mass and pedicle height it is possible this stag is at his maturity and as good as he will ever get.
Would be a great animal to do a tooth section on to count annuli as that is the best way of determining true age for any deer species.
Best of luck for the rest of the year mate and thanks for the image.
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