For a land that is home to a variety of mammals unlike any others on earth, Australia is populated by many species that originated somewhere else. Javan rusa deer, a member of the family Cervidae and native to the tropical islands of Indonesia and East Timor, have made themselves right at home Down Under, where they were introduced more than a century ago.
In the rolling savannas of Queensland,
the rut occurs in July and August, and
the stags thrash and collect grasses and
shrubs with their antlers as a way to
attract females and establish dominance
over other males. Strange behavior, perhaps,
and right at home Down Under. So when
you see a stag with a large amount of
vegetation between its ample tines—well,
there’s your trophy
Dušan Smetana hunted Javan
rusa in the Australian province
of Queensland, about two
hours northwest of Brisbane.
He arranged his hunt through
Cabela’s Signature Outdoors
(cabelas.com/soa). See more of
Dusan’s photography at dusan.photoshelter.com.