Appearance: The Moluccan rusa is the rarer of the two rusa and can only be hunted in Australia. As the scientific name suggests it is a close relative of the Javan rusa. Heavy pearling of the antlers and non-typical points are more common characteristics.
Weight: 63-93kgs (140-200lbs).
Height: 98cms (38ins.)
Antlers: 3 points per side but with many non-typical specimens. The second tine grows outside of the main beam.
Trophy size: Antlers as long as 30 inches have been recorded mature males averaging 20-24 inches.
History: In 1912 Rusa deer from the Moluccan Islands were released on the islands off the northern tip of Australia.
Hunting Moluccan rusa: The Moluccan rusa doesn’t have a clearly defined rut like the Javan, however they will fight hard. They prefer to stay close to or in thick cover and browse a lot.