Where to hunt Fallow Deer
Fallow deer originated in south-west Asia, and from there has been introduced by people almost all over the world. It’s a near perfect “park deer” species – beautiful to behold, easily adapting to people, and not quite so damaging to forestry as other deer species. Escapees from deer parks formed free-ranging populations, and the species is popular with game ranchers and game farmers all over the world. You can hunt fallow deer across Europe, in the USA and Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Argentina, and even South Africa.
The most affordable fallow deer hunts are cull or management type hunts. They start at about $200, and are a perfect opportunity to experience the classic European hunts without paying a small fortune. European outfitters typically charge a daily rate and a trophy fee over it, which is sometimes calculated by a complex formula and may run into many thousand dollars. However, you can find a flat fee trophy fallow deer hunt in the neighborhood of $3,000 or thereabouts, especially in the New World. The most expensive fallow deer hunts are package deals that include trophies of a number of other species, such as red deer, tahr, blackbuck, etc.
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When to hunt Fallow Deer?
As a game park or game ranch animal, fallow deer can be hunted pretty much a year round. Wild fallow deer populations in Europe are typically hunted in September to December and January. Early autumn is usually the best time to hunt a fallow deer (in the southern hemisphere, that would be March to July).
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The most popular way of hunting fallow deer is spot-and-stalk. Hunters are usually accompanied by a guide or gamekeeper, who will not only show where the game is, and how to stalk it, but estimate the trophy size. The hunter and the guide walk quietly around the area, trying to locate animals and approach them. Fallow deer can be very active in daytime where they aren’t too disturbed by humans, which helps things. Calling can also be used during the rut. Hunting from high seats, driven hunts, and hunting with dogs are also practiced.
Why hunt Fallow Deer?
Fallow deer owe their survival as a species to humans. Most of their immediate relatives, including the Irish Elk, died out, but humans introduced fallow deer to the Mediterranean as early as in Neolith (obviously not just to look at them), and have been preserving them ever since. In fact, fallow deer numbers today are so high, they do a lot of damage to the very parks they are supposed to decorate. Since it’s not a very good idea to reintroduce big predators into densely populated European countries, fallow deer herds need to be managed – which is another word for “hunted”. Cull and management hunts are a good way to introduce beginners into the sport – and fill the freezer with delicious, healthy and organic meat. Walking quietly through forests and fields in the morning mist, looking out for the graceful silhouettes of the animals is a classic European experience, and the unusually palmated antlers of fallow deer will make a lasting memory of the chase.
Management Hunt 1x1 United Kingdom
November is the start of the culling season in the UK, we invite you join us at this experience! All client(s) are required to zero their rifle(s) prior to the hunt.
Trip duration: 1 - 2 days
Hunting season: 1 Nov 2020 15 Mar 2021
1x1: Eastern Cape Free-range Hunt South Africa
ACCOMMODATION: FARM GUESTHOUSE as listed 4 STAR THATCH LODGE upgrades available at an additional fee of $150 per hunter The Ranch sits on an escarpment (2200 feet above sea level) and has four unique biospheres within half an hour’s drive. This unique change in biospheres results in huge animal diversity. the landscape and habitats vary from deep wide valley bushveld with thick riverine bush, home of the Eastern Cape Kudu as well as Cape Bushbuck, Nyala, Warthog, and Bush pig. The sides of the valleys/canyons make for great vantage points. A lot of time is spent at theses elevated points glassing for trophies. On the plateau above the valley lies the savanna and scattered woodlands. This is home to species such as Impala, Sable, Zebra, Waterbuck and Mountain Reedbuck. These plateaus also make great vantage points for glassing and the start of many long stalks. The savanna gradually gives way to the long rolling Bedford plains which were once the place of vast animal migrations across the Eastern Cape. These plains are where Springbuck, Blesbok and Black Wildebeest are found and often ambushed from behind the endless anthills which make for good hiding places. These plains give way to the Kaggaberg Mountain range with valleys and box canyons, home to the Eland, Cape Bushbuck and Kudu.
Trip duration: 1 - 14 days
Hunting season: 1 Jan 2020 31 Dec 2020
Build Your Own Hunt 1x1 South Africa
Looking to pick out the trophies you are after before your hunt. This is your opportunity. We welcome you to choose what interests you. We can accommodate both the rifle hunter as well as the bow hunter. Before commencement of the safari, clients are required to complete and sign a safari contract and a general information sheet. All clients and observers are required to read and sign our indemnity form before the commencement of any safari.
Trip duration: 8 - 12 days
Hunting season: 1 Feb 2021 30 Nov 2021
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