Two of them nearly ran over me once as I was squatting on a deer run waiting for sambar, which were being beaten out of a hill.
Living specimen of the Indian sambar deer are worth from $125 to $250, according to size and other conditions.
He rests during the day in shade, but is less of a nocturnal feeder than the sambar stag.
The nilgao drinks daily, the sambar only every third day, and many are shot over water.
On being disturbed they invariably make for the open instead of resorting to the heavy jungle, like hog deer and sambar.
The sambar stag, though almost equal in size, will not bear the slightest burden, but the nilgao will carry a man.
The Indian sambar deer looks like a short-legged big-bodied understudy of our American elk.
Even in the sambar and axis there is a tendency to throw out abnormal tines.
The antler then resembles the rusine type, of which our sambar stag is an example.