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Fallow Buck hunting

There are many ways of hunting the fallow buck. The most common ways are stalking and hunting from a high seat. But the fallow buck is also hunted on drives. One of the most exciting ways is hunting the fallow buck in the rut, where the bucks are busy chasing after does, and a sudden…

There are many ways of hunting the fallow buck. The most common ways are stalking and hunting from a high seat. But the fallow buck is also hunted on drives. One of the most exciting ways is hunting the fallow buck in the rut, where the bucks are busy chasing after does, and a sudden chance for a shot can occur. The big buck’s grunt is heard throughout the forest. During the rut, you can use calls to draw in the bucks, and they’ll get close to size up their opponent.

To hunt fallow buck, you don’t need big guns, though a .30-06, .308 or bigger is preferred. The driven hunt is often combined with other species, for example, wild boar, red deer and mouflon. The fallow deer are found in forests, or on fields close to forests. The hunt for a fallow buck is a classic European experience!

The fallow buck is a medium-sized deer, which is found on more than four continents. The fallow naturally occurs in Europe but has been introduced to many countries since the 19th Century. The males are called bucks, and the females does. The buck is easily recognized by its characteristic shovel-like antlers, which have the width of a hand. On the brim of the shovel there are small tines, and at the base of the antlers, there are two big brow tines. Only the bucks carry antlers, while the does and fawns are hunted for their meat and beautiful dotted skin.

Intense experiences worldwide!

The fallow buck is a European classic. A trophy is considered BIG if the shovel is as wide as the length of a hand. Before choosing to hunt fallow buck, you should research how strong the bloodline is in the chosen area, as there are great differences in antler size. The fallow buck’s trophy is quite easy to score with binoculars, as the size, girth and span are easily recognized from a distance. The hunt for fallow buck offers unforgettable experiences in the forests of Europe, or even in the steep mountains of New Zealand!

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  • The fallow buck and the moose are the only deer species with shovel-like antlers
  • The fallow’s deep grunts have evolved to be heard in dense forests
  • Fallow deer come in many different colour variations

Fallow deer (Dama dama) looks like many other deer species, though it has a unique set of antlers. The buck measures 3.2 ft. above the shoulder, and weighs between 155–220 lbs. The doe is a bit smaller, weighing around 110 lbs. and measures 2.8 ft. The summer coat is light brown with a white belly, and a light reddish brown back, covered with white spots. Viewed from behind, the tail and thighs make the number ‘111’, which is an easy way of recognizing fallow deer.

Only the buck carries antlers, but the doe is also hunted for its graceful skin. A buck with antlers weighing more than 8.5 pounds is considered massive. The most common mount is a European skull mount, while some hunters choose to get a shoulder mount. A trophy is scored by the width, length, and weight of the antlers. To shoot a medal class trophy, it will have to reach the following score:

Bronze: 170     Silver: 215 1/4     Gold: 240 3/8 SCI

Even though red- and fallow deer live in many of the same countries and areas, they rarely socialize. The rut occurs after the red stags, which is in the early autumn. The fallow bucks will claim a rutting ground and does not leave it for the entire time unless they have to chase off opponents. Fallow deer are very social and can be found in herds consisting of more than a hundred individuals. The bucks, however, tend to congregate in small bachelor groups, with both young and mature bucks. Fallows are particularly active during the morning and evening but are known to graze all day.