When Are Sambar Deer Most Active? A Guide To Sightings

when are sambar deer most active

Sambar deer are fascinating creatures that deserve our admiration. They are intelligent and graceful, and can be a joy to watch in their natural habitat.

To increase your chances of catching sight of a majestic Sambar deer, you should visit the park at dawn and dusk. This is when they can be seen grazing or drinking from one of the various waterholes.

During the day, however, they often remain in dense underbrush for shelter from predators and from the sun. Although it is slightly more difficult to spot them during this time, it isn’t impossible! They are most active during these hours as well – alert and aware of their surroundings. If you do happen to catch a glimpse of a Sambar through the foliage, consider yourself lucky! It’s likely that they have been watching you for some time already…

When are sambar deer most active?

Sambar deer are most active during the early morning and evening hours. They are typically less active during the midday sun, but can be seen grazing during this time. Sambar deer prefer forested areas with dense underbrush and plenty of trees for cover.

They use their acute senses of smell and hearing to detect danger, and communicate with each other through various vocalizations.

What time of year are they most active?

If you’d like a rare glimpse into a sambar’s daily habits, here is a guide to when sightings generally occur based on weather conditions:


In winter months when snow covers the ground although they may venture out earlier in the day if snow has melted from grassy areas where they feed, most sightings typically occur after sunrise and right before sunset.

The cold also forces them into the cover of forested areas where they are more easily spotted walking along trails or beneath trees.

Winter temperatures range from 10-15 °C (50-59 °F) with snowfall ranging from 4–6 inches (10–15 cm) daily. If there is clear, sunny weather for several days straight it means that sambar deer will be out and about earlier in the day as well as later given sunshine provides additional warmth to their bodies allowing them to remain active for longer periods of time than if it’s cloudy or overcast due to minimal sunlight exposure at these times which does not provide much warmth after winter’s chilly nighttime temperatures set in.

This cold weather thermal effect is what causes many warm blooded mammals’ bodies to temporarily increase their metabolic rates allowing them to remain active under cold conditions.

With the help of sunshine however, it may not be necessary for sambar deer to increase their metabolic rate during mid-day hours as they are often able to remain active even without extra thermal heat provided by direct sunlight.


Sambar deer are most active around sunrise and sunset during summer months due to hotter temperatures that dehydrate their bodies quickly forcing them into wallows or other watering holes where they will loll about in order to cool down before moving on at a slower pace.

The warmer weather also means shorter feeding periods throughout the day which results in fewer sightings overall since this is when sambar deer are typically resting. In addition, the grasses of spring and summer are nutritious and tender making them a preferred food source for sambar deer which means they spend more time feeding rather than running from predators or other dangerous situations as their bodies digest these nutrient rich foods.

As a result, it’s best to visit forested areas of your choosing before 10 am and after 4 pm during the hot summer months in order to increase your chances of spotting a sambar deer resting somewhere along the way.


During autumn months when temperatures tend to be milder than winter but cooler than summer, sightings can occur earlier in the day because sambar deer may remain active through mid-day hours upon emerging from their secluded spots where they spent the night to feed on tender leaves and grasses before the midday sun gets too high in the sky.

Although autumn temperatures can fluctuate from as low as 5-10 °C (41–50 °F) during early morning hours with a temperature change of up to 10 °C (18 °F) or more by afternoon, crisp weather means sambar deer will be most active around dawn and dusk when they are not being especially cautious.

This is because windy conditions tend to startle these creatures providing them extra senses of awareness that causes them to flee from predators at alarming rates.

In addition, there is less foliage meaning they have fewer places to hide from potential enemies throughout forested areas which forces them into alert mode all day during windy conditions.

What do they do when they’re not hunting?

When sambar deer aren’t busy looking for food, they’re typically resting in secluded areas where predators cannot easily find them.

These areas can be close to bodies of water such as rivers and streams or near forested land where dense vegetation provides extra protection from potential enemies that want to make a meal out of these creatures.

They will also spend additional time in these locations when it’s cold enough outside to warrant their desire for added warmth during winter months when temperatures drop below freezing point.  

What kind of terrain do they prefer?

Sambar deer tend to stick to forested areas in search of food and secluded spots where they can take a much needed break from the dangers that exist outside within open areas.

Forests provide a necessary hiding place where there are numerous trees and shrubs for them to hide behind which makes it difficult for predators such as tigers, leopards, wolves, bears and wild dogs from being able to track them down without being seen.  

In addition, these forested spots have grasses or leaves on the ground providing nutritious meals for sambar deer when other types of food become scarce throughout the year.

How do they communicate with each other?

Sambar deer rely on a number of different sounds and smells to communicate with each other.

For example, when they see potential prey in the distance, they will use snorts and whistles in order to alert others of possible danger.

They also use these vocalizations when predators such as tigers or leopards are spotted in the area although they typically do not attempt to confront them head-on which means you’re less likely to be seeing sambar deer fleeing from dangerous situations while you’re out there looking for them!

What do their droppings look like?

Droppings vary depending on what type of food sambar deer eat that day but generally consist of partially digested grasses and shoots.  

These droppings are typically found along the trails they use to get in and out of secluded spots where they spend their nights.

Droppings that are found in forested areas may be overlooked by visitors who are not expecting to find them in these somewhat hidden locations.

How do I locate sambar deer?

Sambar deer are large, dark brownish-red mammals with short antlers and long legs which means you won’t miss spotting one if you were to stumble upon one along your journey.

Although they are most active during twilight hours which means you’re more likely to spot one lingering around the outskirts of forested areas, it’s best to take advantage of early morning and late afternoon hours when they emerge from secluded spots in search of food before settling back down for the remainder of the night.

From there, simply follow these tips:

  1. Once you’ve located a sambar deer, keep quiet and stay as still as possible without running or making sudden movements that may frighten them into bolting off into another direction entirely.  
  2. When it comes to photographing sambar deer , avoid using flash photography if at all possible.  This is because bright flashes scare them away and they’re likely to disappear before you can even get a shot off that’s in focus and all that.
  3. If at all possible, avoid photographing sambar deer from a distance of less than 5 meters (5 yards).  This is because it’s difficult to make out detail from your shots which means your photographs aren’t going to turn out the way you might expect them to. In addition, sambar deer are likely to run away if you try this for too long which means it’ll be back to step one once again.
  4. When taking pictures of sambar deer , use a telephoto lens with a focal length between 70mm and 300mm to capture images from a safe distance.  This is because longer telephoto lenses not only allow you to shoot from a safe distance, but also provide better image quality which will help your photos flourish during post-production on your computer or on your mobile device.
  5. When photographing sambar deer , use the live view mode for more accuracy instead of just shooting blindly into the dark hoping that something turns out in focus.  This is because even though you’re using a long focal length lens, it’s difficult to tell what’s going on down at ground level when you can’t even make out where the sambar deer are standing nor their location reference points since they blend in so well with their natural surroundings.
  6. If all else fails and you don’t have a telephoto lens available to you, try spotting sambar deer in open areas where you can see them at a safe distance instead of only being able to see up close so that you don’t scare them off.  This is because sambars prefer open forested areas to the dense vegetation found in most forests from around the world simply because it provides them with better protection from potential predators looking for a quick meal during any given time of day or night.
  7. In addition, if all else fails and early morning and late afternoon hours aren’t helping your cause either, look for clearings where they graze on grasses during these times before going back into hiding when it gets dark.  


Sightings of sambar deer usually occur after sunrise and before sunset during colder months when they are most active however, these sightings can also happen in warmer climates at any given time of day if there is abundant cover providing additional warmth to their bodies.

This means that the temperature plays an important role in terms of when you plan on encountering a sambar deer sighting especially during autumn months when temperatures can fluctuate by 10 °C or more within just a few hours, but in general it’s best to visit your chosen area during early morning and late afternoon hours to increase your chances of seeing one in its natural habitat.

Bill Toro

I’m Bill Toro. I have been invited by my best friends to go camping with them when I was bored with my life. That all It’s a game-changer for my entire life. This site is all about things I found interested useful while camping. It’s will be something that helps you have better camper moments.

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