Australian Deer Association Inc – Mission Statement

In pursuit of the key objective of the Association, the improvement of the status of deer in Australia, we strive for appropriate management of all free roaming deer populations in Australia.
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    Chital Deer (Axis axis)

    Chital are the most attractive of all the deer species and are certainly one of the most beautiful of all wild animals. Their colouring is most striking, consisting of a reddish to chestnut brown coat with white spots, a striking white upper throat patch and a black
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    Fallow Deer (Dama dama)

    Fallow deer are the small, spotted deer often seen in large groups on deer farms as you travel along country roads. In that semi-domesticated situation, they bear little resemblance to free-roaming fallow deer which have the alertness and bearing of all the natural
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    Hog Deer (Axis porcinus)

    Hog deer are the smallest of the six species of deer in Australia and although they are a close relative of the chital, bear little resemblance to them. They are similar in size to a sheep. A mature hog deer stag stands about 70cm at the shoulder and weighs appr
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    Red Deer (Cervus elaphus)

    Red deer are the second largest of Australia’s wild deer species and are probably the deer with which most mainland Australians are familiar because of their presence in large numbers on deer farms. A mature stag stands about 120cm at the shoulder and weighs
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    Rusa Deer (Rusa timorensis)

    Rusa is the Malay word for deer and they are medium sized, rough-coated deer which are biologically allied to the sambar. However, the two species are quite different in size, appearance and behaviour. There are two subspecies established in the wild in Australi
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    Sambar Deer (Rusa unicolor)

    Sambar (now Rusa unicolor - previously Cervus unicolor) inhabit eastern Victoria and southern New South Wales and comprise the most important herd in the world outside of their native countries where the available habitat is diminishing daily outside of pro- tec
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Noel O’Connor to speak in Canberra 16 Feb 2017

Key Note Speaker (Noel O’Connor) – Guiding on Sambar Deer


Thursday 7.30pm 16 February 2017

Harmonie German Club


Noel O’Connor has spent over 45 years hunting, studying and guiding on sambar deer.

He is a passionate videographer which is evidenced by his DVD’s on the subject (four on sambar and a total of nine on deer hunting of all the deer species in Australia except hog deer). He has won the ADA’s National Best Wild Deer Video Award on eight occasions. He runs hunter training courses, guiding services and has a trophy room that any hunter worth his salt would die for.

IMG_2026Noel will be discussing some of the highs and lows he has experienced in developing his DVD’s including some of the unique experiences he has experienced whilst guiding clients in on sambar.

Additionally, he will be discussing some of the valuable history about game animals pursued and the terrain they inhabit, techniques and tactics for hunting, and how to shift the advantage from the deer to the hunter.

Noel specialises in taking relatively experienced hunters to the next level who have likely already had success with most other deer species and want to further hone their skills and to achieve that ultimate trophy being a mature sambar stag.

It will be an initial one hour presentation with a following 30 minute interactive session for Noel to answer your questions.

IMG_2000 Noel will bring along some key mementos from his hunting history and will be showing some of the highlights from his DVD’s. As well he will show some new footage of how he can call sambar deer into shooting range.  This Presentation is not to be missed and is open to both ADA members and non-members and there will be an entry fee of $10 to cover the cost of holding the event. For further information contact the Event Coordinator on 0418 248 063.