Surprised Stag. Red Deer Stag at the beginning of his velvety antler growth. Stags shed their antlers annually after the rut and grow a fresh set for the following season. The number of points on the antlers is a great indication of the age of the deer. Derbyshire, Peak District NP.
Surprised Stag – About Red Deer:
Red deer are the largest of our native mammals having migrated to Britain from Europe over 11,000 years ago.
Due to vast scale deforestation and overhunting the red deer population was once confined to the Scottish Highlands and ‘the Deer Parks’ of England. In recent times the population has recovered considerably and without any natural predators to keep the population down, they have become so abundant they are considered pests in some regions.
October ’til early November is the best time of year to watch our British deer as they participate in the rut, with the stags engaging in fierce and often fatal battles to exert their right to mate with the hinds.
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