Ok... Well I had a great hunt on St. Vincents. I did not however kill a Sambar as I had hoped to do. The weather was unseasonably hot for December with temps into the 80's. It was my 1st time on the island so I was somewhat flying blind. I arrived late on Wednesday afternoon and was unable to hang my stand prior to the hunt, just barely made the hunter orientation meeting. I was able to find a tree for my climber late in the morning on the 1st day of the hunt but didn't see anything at all. I did see a group of about a dozen whitetails stampede behind the beach dunes and that was amazing, a beautiful sight. All I could do was watch them though as they were not eligible to be harvested. This area was about a two mile bike ride from the camp. I did see a couple of Sambars weighed in and they are a very cool looking creature for sure. The biggest one that I saw before I left field dressed out to 380# if I am not mistaken. There were a total of 6 Sambars and one pig harvested before I left on Saturday.
Next hunt if I am successful in the lottery I will go armed with a bit more knowledge and a different strategy. I think some of it is just blind luck and some planning. The second morning of my hunt there were several hunters around my area that I could almost throw a rock at if I wanted to. That kind of bummed me out. The pic's below are of a Sambar being weighed-in and a rub on the trunk of the biggest magnolia tree I've ever seen. The gashes in the tree are about four feet off the ground and the tree is probably 3 1/2-4 feet in diameter. Definitely a fun hunt and one I would recommend to anyone up for the challenge. Hopefully next hunt I will not have to hire a captain to ferry me over. Taking my bike was the best thing I did, and the roads were ok to travel on. The fishing was also good and there are oysters to be had if you don't mind walking.