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    Sad indeed . The last of famous Taxidermists in India --Van Ingen . Mysore . Closed down in the mid 1990's.

    Oh Yes.
    I am a dentist by profession but Wildlife photography is my hobby. I try and squeeze in a hunt whenever I go abroad for a holiday.
    We have a number of deer species in India.
    Sambhar deer is the largest deer found in India.
    We also have the Hangul in Kashmir. Which is a relative of the Red Stag. (I shot a Red Stag on my last trip to England)
    Apart from that we have Barking Deer(Muntjac), Swampdeer (Barasingha), Spotted Deer (Axis), Hog Deer,MuskDeer (in the Himalayas)
    and Manipuri Brow antler deer.
    The Spotted Deer is the most common of all deer species found here. I will start a new thread with some photos from the Indian jungles.

    Sept. 2013 I was hunting Roe deer in England when I also spotted some Barking deer (Muntjac) . it came as a pleasant surprise. I was
    told by my "Shikar guide" that these had been brought in from India about a 100 years ago. They had spread all over and could be
    hunted. What surprised me was that the Muntjac in England were very silent. In an Indian jungle , one would expect to hear a Muntjac
    even if one did not see it. My Guide told me that he had never heard a Muntjac. The call of a Muntjac resembles
    the bark of a dog. Hence the name "barking deer".
    I finally gathered that since there were NO predators for the Muntjac in England. It had no need to give out the alarm call.
    Over generations it had forgotten to Bark , unlike it's cousins back home in India.
     
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    Any blackbuck and nilgai in your area,I hear their numbers have improved and that in certain parts they are becoming a menace to crops.
     
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    Here are some snaps of the Sambhar deer.
    A big male. a female and a young stag.
    The herd you see is "Neelgai". The largest antelope in India.
     

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    You said it Paw Print.
    Those Neelgai you see are on my farm.
     
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    oh yes you should start a photo thread of the cervidere in your jungles
    yes please , indeed.
    in Australia we your samba deer , also they are our priemere game animal
    we have the chital (axis)
    hog deer
    all imported from india ,and sri lanka
    the year before last I got hold of a set of samba antlers ,that were shot in b 1910 by an Englishman .that take second pride of place in my lounge room .(second only to a 22 point red deer that my wife shot in new Zealand )
    View attachment 25145 this photo doesn't do him justice
    of course its not his original cape .
    but one from an old stag that was way past his prime , and was feeding in a Lucerne paddock near home , that the farmer wanted removed .
    his antlers are 42 inches on the left and 40 and 7/8 inches on the right .
     
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    NICE, MATE
    keep em coming , you have my complete attention !!!:cool::cool::cool::cool:
     
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    Thanks for all the pics,this is really interesting.I had two doctors(twin brothers)hunting lion and buffalo with me,they told me a lot about the Indian hunting heritage.They also have a farm and told me about the problems with neelgai and blackbuck,any slothbears in your area?
     
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    Yes . We do. There are sloth bear and also Himalayan Black Bears in the area. The Black bears are rather unpredictable and
    and short tempered.
    The Himalayan Black Bear
    and the higly endangered Red Panda.
     
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    The Himalayan Black bear has a distinct V shaped white marking on his neck and chest.
     

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    A trophy Barasingha (Swamp deer)
     

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    Welcome to AH PSRaghav!
     
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    Welcome to AH, PSRaghav !
     
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    Hi and welcome to AH, the absolute best hunting site on the net hands down
     
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    No doubt about it.
    I have been trying to figure out how to start a new thread. But still new to this place.
    Here are a couple of snaps from my 2007 hunt. S.A.
    A truly enjoyable experience.

    P.S. I also shot an Impala, Steenbok and Springbok.
     

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    Here are snaps of a couple of deer species found in India.
    The most common of all deer species is the spotted deer. Also called Axis or Cheetal (in our local language). I was surprised to see them in Argentina as well. There are quite a few in Australia. Taken from the mainland.

    The solitary male is a barking deer. We call it Kaakar or the Muntjac. I saw some in England on my hunting trip near Norfolk.
     

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    Welcome to AH, very interesting, good to have you with us.
     
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    An Indian Elephant (Tusker) in Masth.
    You can see the flow of masth from the temporal glands.The testistrome levels increase to 600 times the normal in such elephants and they can be very dangerous at this time.
    Interestingly , unlike African elephants. Only male elephants here have tusks.
     

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    The Neelgai is the largest antelope in India.
    Somewhat like the Eland you have in Africa.

    Here is a snap of a Blackbuck with his Mrs.
    The fastest antelope in India.
     

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    NICE!!!!!, Great Blesbok
     
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    WOW, I want one. Very Nice
     

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