Fallow Deer males or bucks are larger than females or does. Male fallow deer carry antlers while females do not.
Fallow Deer Male
Fallow Deer Female
The male fallow deer is known as a buck, the female is a doe, and the young a fawn. Adult bucks are 55 – 63 inches long, 33 – 40 inches in shoulder height, and typically 130 - 180 pounds in weight; does are 51–59 inches long, 30 – 33 inches in shoulder height, and 66 – 110 pounds in weight. Fawns are born in spring. Their lifespan is around 12–16 years.
Agile and fast in case of danger, fallow deer can run at a maximum speed of 30 mph over short distances. Fallow deer can also make jumps up to 5.8-foot-high and up to 17 feet in length.
Shot Placement for Fallow Deer Hunting
Your fallow deer trophy should have an average shoulder height of around 36 inches and weigh about 140 pounds.
Fallow Deer from Europe were introduced near Cape Town, South Africa, in 1869 by the British. Since then, numbers have increased dramatically and many have been trans-located to various regions throughout South Africa. An extremely interesting animal to hunt especially during the rut, when stags can be heard calling and one can detect and stalk stags by the sound of crashing antlers. During the rut, the deer lose all fear of humans and become obsessed with mating - hunting during this time can be one of the most exciting hunts to be a part of. The rut for fallow deer runs from March - June and hunters looking at hunting fallow deer in rut must be advised: the earlier in the rut the better. Stags lose their antlers towards the end of September into October, with regrowth starting almost immediately in Spring.
Fallow Deer are widespread in the Eastern Cape in particular in the Bedford region. Most fallow deer are shot while hunting other trophies.
Fallow Deer vital organs for shot placement
Hunt the fallow Deer much as you would the white tail of North America. He is most active during early morning and late afternoon hours. Set up along game trails or near food plots and pastures where he is likely to be found grazing. Your favorite deer rifle will be more than adequate in the taking of fallow deer.
For those hunters who do not wish to go through the red tape of having to bring a rifle in to South Africa Nick Bowker Hunting has available a 7mm custom made Remington Magnum fitted with a suppressor. The rifle is mounted with a Swarovski Z8 tactical scope. We have hand loaded Hornady ELD-X ammunition. This set up including ammunition is available as part of all hunting packages free of charge.
IDENTIFICATION: A medium sized deer with more color variations than any other. Color ranges from white all the way to chocolate brown/black. During the summer months, most are a rich brown with white spots; in Winter, the coat becomes much thicker and rougher, turning a darker color. A broad, black, dorsal line runs from the neck to the rump, and broadens to include the tail. The underparts are lighter in color to white. Males have a prominent Adams apple.
Fallow Deer Trophy taken with Nick Bowker. Your Professional Hunter and Outfitter