Alright chuchi today I’m going to be teaching you how to catch of the the most elusive Australian animals — the red deer.Now this guy here has all the sense about him right, he has better senses than you do, he has the better sense of sight he has a better sense of sight, this guy here right, he will see something in the distance 80-90 meters he will pick up on that and he will take off funny thing about deer is that they use all their senses to their advantage, their hearing acts like radar the way they just turn listen, listen, listen, any sort of stick snap particularly here a deer hears something like this he’s taking off, see ya later. These guys here can reach 50 kilometers an hour in one hit the funny thing about a deer is that it’s best sense is my weakness that’s his sense of smell he can smell me from a good distance, 50-60 meters away so the funny thing about catching these deers is you have to be able to mimic your enviroment as best as you can the first thing I like to do is to try to smell like the environment as much as I can Lantana (the plant) it’s got a very pungent smell, it will take any sort of smell you have so just rub it all over you sweat glands all over your face you want to try to smell as much as the surroundings as you can. Now the funny thing about deer There we go Smell nice now Now the funny thing about deer is their quite periodic animals and trying to capture one of these animals is is a bit like understanding where his movement are going to be What I know about my knowledge and experience is often in wallows (A pool of water or mud) are the easiest place to capture these deer, and that’s exactly how I’m trying to get one today. Use all the weakness’ I can against him camouflage to the natural environment, and should be able to get one So I’m using the trail which have been made by deer to navigate my movements through the thick scrub undergrowth Keeping as quiet as possible and using the surrounding cover, I can then start to track down their movments, whilst being unnoticed I’m keeping a sharp eye out for fresh scats which I can use as an indicator of the time elapsed when he first moved from the area Generally what I’ll look at is the color and moisture of the scat content as this is often the best indicator of when he was last there Other important indicators are the scratch markings left in the trees as a result of the deer’s antlers The tree markings are a result of the deer’s attempt to scent the tree with his hormonal glands located just under his eyes this why he can inform other males of
his territory and femals of his presence The obvious signs of fresh hoof markings can help me build a better understanding of the areas used for drinking and further lead me to my destination of their finding their wallowing pool the advantage of tracking through water has the benefit of reducing any noise which may alert them of my presence having finally found a wallowing pool I place some native plant in my mouth to cover my breath a scent a deer can pick up from at least 20 meters away the process of now camouflaging myself with the wallow begins and a long and strenuous time to wait for a unexpecting deer is now a matter of time Having heard deer movements through the thich scrub behind me the 5 hour wait has almost come to an end and my adrenaline is absolutely building Feral deer feral deer in Australia are a consistent problem and this guy here he’s just a destructor These guys are like nature’s excavator’s just the way that they move settle with me okay, relax Relax. It’s always key with these animals you have to hold the center point of gravity down to the ground letting him breathe as soon as he get’s a bit of energy you drop your weight Now this animal here has just as much power as a horse He’s not happy at all Your alright mate It’s always key you don’t move him much as soon as you get him into a comfortable hold he’ll just relax with you you have to feel the heart rate of the animal and calm him down, relax This is all about This is all about patience and persistance you have to be persistent with the animals these animals are not understood people hunt these Drop your knee down The frustration of the battery running out on the camera is a common experience I have when taking footage that further shows the reality and rawness of the footage I capture out there in the wild.