io6 WILD SPORTS OF BURMA AND ASSAM
when disturbed suddenly, or when they see or smell a tiger or a leopard, they make the surrounding country resound with their notes of alarm.
Steaks of the sambur, cooked like those of a cow or bullock, are scarcely to be distinguished from a real rump-steak so dear to the heart of Englishmen. They are very inquisitive, and often advance towards an object they cannot quite make out. I have seen them stamp their fore-feet as if to intimidate before running away. But the Rusa shot in the Arrakan mountains are in no way inferior to those of India.
HOG DEER (Cervus porcinus)
These are equally abundant both in Assam and Lower Burma. When I saw them first in the latter country they were in their monsoon coat, and as I only got a glimpse now and then as they flitted past, I thought they were a variety of spotted deera for the young are spotted, and so are the mature deer during the rains. They possess great vitality, and I have seen one run 100 yards with its entrails trailing behind. When in long grass they lie very close and creep along in front of onea s elephant, and now and then I have mistaken the movement for that of a tiger. When in moderate-sized grass, and you are in want of meat, a charge of No. 2 or even No. 4 shot will do for them, but that is butchery and not sport, and only justifiable on an emergency. I remember when I was in Baghdooar 1 had a large camp following, and by going on the Churs of the Manas rivera which was fast fillinga I shot eight of them in an hour. They are not at all bad eatinga a native cook will give you cutlets and chops from them which you would not know from prime mutton. They never carry much fat; very good broth can be made from their heads.