Fallow bucks are in full rut (croak) now in April. Deer hunting for fallow bucks is different than any other deer species in the world. The fallow bucks will have their own rut pad or a communal one and the females or does will come into these pads to get mated.
This rutting habit is not the only unique characteristic in this species. There is vivid coloration in their capes ranging from white to menial to various shades of brown and black, and of course the prized “chocolate.” They are also the only other species to have the palmated antlers similar to a moose.
South Canterbury in the South Island of New Zealand is home to the largest population of wild fallow deer in New Zealand. With little to no management most of the trophy fallow bucks in the area heads are very poor. New Zealand Safaris has exclusive hunting rights to largest free range wild fallow deer herd on private land, where this herd has been managed each year through the culling of inferior bucks.
As our hunters experienced this week, the fallow deer rut is in full swing with bucks scattered throughout this free ranging private property it is one of the most spectacular sights of wild deer you’ll find anywhere in the world. Start planning your hunt now!