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About the Exotics: Fallow

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Fallow Deer

Author: Mikayla Perry

MIKAYLA


    Native to Eurasia, the Fallow Deer have been introduced to several other countries and continents, including but not limited to the U.S., South Africa, Australia and Algeria.

     Fallow Deer have four stomachs, much like other deer and cattle. The males are called “bucks” and the females are called “does”. Fawns are most often born in the spring. Their lifespan is around 12-16 years.  
deer15   There are four variant colors in Fallow Deer, the most common of which is called “common”, described to be a rich, chestnut brown with mottles that become most noticeable during the summer months. Their coat in the winter is much darker and unspotted. They have a black stripe down their tail, underneath of which is white.
   Another variant is called “menil”, which have more distinct spots with no black on the rump or the tail. In winter, their spots are still clear on their darker brown coat.
 The third variant would be “melanistic”, where they are black all year, shading down to a grey-ish brown. They have no light colored patches or tail.
 The fourth is “leucistic”, where they are pure white. They are not albino, though that has been a common mistake for some. The fawns are born cream while the adults are pure white. Their coat is even more striking in the winter. They have dark eyes nose, but no spots. 5
  The bucks are the only ones to carry the antlers, which are broad and are often described as “shovel-shaped”, reminiscent to that of Elk or Moose; only smaller. In the first two years, the antlers are only spikes.
   During the “rut”, the Fallow Deer is at its most dispersed, compared to the rest of the year where they prefer to stay closer and more tightly knit. Herds have been seen to reach up to 150. Fallow are fast, but not very muscular and can only keep their speed up for short distances. They are able to jump quite high, up to five feet tall and even longer in length.
     Fallow have grown somewhat popular for hunters and collectors alike; where has the Axis shares a similar spotted coat to that of the common variant, the
Fallow have larger, thicker horns which are more coveted by hunters and collectors.

    Here on the 4P Hunting Ranch, we have a moderately diverse group of Fallow Deer. The deer are well cared for and fed, kept healthy for each new year to bring even more fawns to continue the herd’s growth.
   They are often seen grazing at our purposefully placed feeders and caught on camera multiple times by our photographers. We even keep the sheds of our biggest buck, one we hope goes on to sire many offspring.
  Pricing is listed on our website under Price Sheet.

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