European Red Deer

Description

Large deer with a red tone to its brown coat in summer. Large, rusty rump patch. Males grow neck ruff in winter. Young have white spots. Males carry antlers with brow tines directly above burr that grow to circle in at the top. Typically 5 to 6 points on a side but can have as many as 20. Lengths are 26 to 55 3/4 in. Shed velvet in July or August through September or October. Drop antlers in February or March through April. Male weight 230 to 750 lbs. depending on race and nutrition (typically 600 lbs. in United States); female 163 to 225 lbs.

Breeding Season

October.

Gestation & Young Per Birth

7 1/2 to 8 1/2 mo.; 1 young (twins extremely rare).

Fencing

7 1/2 ft. usually sufficient