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Game Council NSW is seeking deer hunter assistance with an important research project on
sambar deer.

Despite the importance of sambar deer as a game animal and its potential to colonise much of
eastern Australia, the sambar has remained a largely-unstudied species.

This shortcoming is being tackled by the Sambar Deer Trail Camera Project. Co-funded by SCI
Down Under Chapter, this project will document aspects of the population ecology of sambar deer
in south-eastern Australia. This information will help in the management of sambar deer as a game
animal in NSW and Victoria.

The project will utilise trail camera images taken by conservation hunters. From each trail camera
image, the project will estimate deer population parameters like body condition, sex ratio, age
structure, and recruitment. Results of these parameters will then be pooled for comparison
between each catchment management area (see below for details). As most trail cameras also
record other important information including the date, time, moon phase, and temperature, this
data can also be used for analysis.

What Images do We Need?

Images should be of sambar deer only and conform to the following criteria:

   •   They must be of still images (not video footage).
   •   Be as high-quality as possible.
   •   Contain at least one whole sambar deer.
   •   Be clear — the outline of each sambar should be clearly visible.
   •   Can be colour or black and white.
   •    The majority each deer’s body should be visible in each image (from the knees up).
   •   Side on or quartering images are preferred.
   •   Totally front-on or back on images will not be suitable.
   •   One image per set is preferred (that is, some cameras take multiple pictures when the
       camera is activated — send us the best image of the set).
   •   Images from home brew non-commercial type cameras are acceptable. However images
       should be date and time stamped. Most non-commercial cameras will record the date and
       time on each image, however this detail will only be visible on an image if the image is
       stamped (this can be done using a Photo stamping program).
   •   You can send in as many individual images as you like.
The following examples are SUITABLE images:
The following images are NOT suitable:

The details of those sending images for this project are strictly confidential. All images are also
confidential. Once analysed, all images will be destroyed.

How to send us your images

   1) Fill in an Image Submission Form

            •   On the form, you will notice it asks you to indicate the number of images being
                submitted for each Catchment Management Area. To determine which Catchment
                Management Area your images were taken in, go to the following maps for NSW
                and Victoria: map.pdf
            •   To download the Image Submission Form, click here:

   2) Send in your images:

       Burn them onto a CD, then attach the submission form and post to:
       Game Council NSW Sambar Deer Trail Camera Project, PO Box 2506, Orange, NSW 2800


       Email your submission form and each image to:

      (If your email is more than 5Mb, consider sending multiple emails)
For more information and instructions on how to send in your images contact:

Prizes and Draw

Not only will your images help provide important data for this vital industry research, but you will
also get rewarded! Each hunter that sends in a useable trail camera image will receive an
embroidered Sambar Deer Trail Camera Project cap (in blaze orange). Each participating hunter
also goes into a draw to win either a Moultrie trail camera; two Moultrie game feeders; two Auspit
rotisseries; and other prizes.
Prizes will be drawn on 16 April 2010. To be in the running, ensure your name, address and
phone details are correct on the image submission form.

Note: The use of game feeders to bait, lure or decoy game animals to assist in their hunting is an
offence under Schedule 1, Clause 8 (Use of baits, lures and decoys for hunting section 5(1) game)
of the Game and Feral Animal Control Act 2002.

Prizes donated by:

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