Fallow Deer Rut

Deer are secretive creatures and being mainly crepuscular (actively at twilight) and nocturnal adds to the challenge of seeing them. However, at this time of year most stags only have one thing on their mind and can be seen much more frequently during daylight hours. During the autumn male deer (stags) fight against each other in a test of strength and stamina called the rut. The strongest stag will hold onto and mate with the most females, thus ensuring his genes are continued within the herd.

We came across this young male stag having a rest under his favourite tree in Sherwood Forest this afternoon. He must have been tired because he could hardly be bothered to get up and run away into the woods.

Stag fallow deer under a tree
Fallow deer stag retreating
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