for Javan Rusa Deer
Conditions | Accommodation
Deer in Australia
Rusa Deer are available wild and free on the island of New Caledonia
and in a large Game Ranch in South Australia.
Home of the Giant Rusa Stags
arrival point for New Caledonia is Tontouta Airport. This is approximately
40 minutes from Noumea, the capital city.
New Caledonia is a French protectorate. The population is a mix of French
colonials, (many who have been in the country for generations,) the
native Melanesians and a small variety of other races.
The main industry was strongly based on nickel, however, the importance
of this is diminishing. Tourism has had an increasing importance. Coffee
and other crops are also grown.
The seas around the island are rich in exotic fish and coral - New Caledonia
forms the outer boundary of the Coral Sea (site of a major sea battle
during World War II). It was also the base for major concentrations
of allied troops during that time, as well as a forward staging area
for aircraft operating in the Pacific theatre.
note that visas are no longer required to enter New Caledonia.
Best Time to Hunt
The only time to hunt for Javan Rusa Deer in New Caledonia is during
the rut from mid-July to mid-August each year.
We drive before daylight each morning from our hotel to the hunting
areas. We then walk in the dark to our selected hunting location and
listen for the stags roaring. We then attempt to close on our selected
stags before daylight. Then the hunt begins.
After each morning hunt we return to the hotel for lunch and an afternoon
nap or swim in the hotel swimming pool. We then drive back to the hunting
areas again for an afternoon hunt.
Hunting is exclusively by glassing and stalking woodlot edges on unfenced
We are now able to get entry permits for our hunter's non-military calibre
sporting rifles and one box of ammunition per hunter. We recommend a
minimum of 270W or a 7mm Rem Mag rifle.
A 300 Magnum is the maximum calibre rifle allowed in the country and
a very good choice for those hunters who can shoot the 300 well. If
you do not wish to use your own firearms, Hunt Australia can supply
you with a good quality scoped rifle.
Lightweight cotton clothing is required. Shorts/trousers and shirts
are recommended during the daytime, with a jacket for early mornings
and evenings. There are some areas of thorns, so long trousers would
be an asset.
We also suggest that you pack lightweight hunting boots with vibram
soles, sunscreen, hat, insect repellent and a pair of good quality binoculars.
We ask that you supply 2 x heavy-duty plastic bags and 2 x hessian bags
to transport trophies home with you.
The weather in New Caledonia is tropical - pleasantly warm during the
day, approximately 80°F. The temperature in the evenings can cool down
to approximately 60°F.
and Facilities Available
The hunting area is approximately a 40 minutes drive from Tontouta Airport.
Arrival and departure dates are generally Saturday to Saturday each
Upon your arrival at Tontouta Airport, you will clear Customs, declaring
you rifle if you have one. Make your way to the exit area outside the
terminal. Where you will be met by a Hunt Australia representative,
who will transport you to the hotel.
You will be accommodated in a country hotel at La Foa. The hotel has
a swimming pool and a French seafood restaurant, where we eat all of
our evening meals. Casual clothes for dining are recommended at the
Rusa Deer in Australia
In South Australia hunting is by driving to selected locations, then
by walking the rolling hill country, glassing then stalking the game.
The hunting equipment to use is exactly the same as the hunting equipment
recommended to be used in New Caledonia for the Javan Rusa hunts.
In South Australia the weather is generally dry with warm sunny days
and cool to cold evenings.
Accommodation and Facilities Available
In South Australia accomodation and meals are at our modern motel located
just 30 minutes drive from the hunting area.