Appearance: The larger of the two rusa, the Javan rusa is a medium sized deer with a coarse grey-brown coat.
Weight: 110-140kgs (250-300lbs)
Height: 110cms (43ins.)
Antlers: 3 points per side with the second tine on the outside of the main beam.
Trophy size: Antlers have been recorded as long as 39 inches, though a mature male will average 33-35 inches. A good representative trophy scores around SCI 145.
History: Javan rusa were first introduced into Australia from Indonesia in 1868.
Hunting rusa in Australia: Javan rusa have a clearly defined rut in June/July. During the rut they make a vocal roar with the occasional elk-like whistle. Battles between roaring stags can be vicious, with serious wounds inflicted. In the rut they will “tail” a female. Before and after the rut they gather in small bachelor groups. They feed in open or lightly forested country. With the hilly terrain we mainly spot and stalk.