Fallow Deer were introduced to New Zealand in 1864 from Europe. They found the New Zealand habitat very much to their liking and quickly bred and spread and now can be found throughout New Zealand.
The second most popular deer hunted in NZ
Although not a large deer they are very aggressive and during the rut they will often fight to the death.
We have also encountered where they have killed red stags. The Fallow Buck rut is in early April and finishes in May. Unlike the Red Stag that roar when issuing their challenge, Fallow Buck make a grunt or croaking sound.
Fallow come in a variety of colours including black, chocolate, spotted (menil) and white. They are the second most popular deer hunted in New Zealand. A good buck will have palmated antlers.