Fallow Deer

Fallow deer are grazing animals; their preferred wild habitat is mixed woodland and open plains making ‘St Patricks Plains’ ideal.

Agile and fast in case of danger, fallow deer can run at 45 km/h (28 mph) over short distances. They can jump up to 1.75 metres high and 5 metres long.

Fallow Deer Buck (Stag)

Male adult fallow deer, known as bucks (or stags), are around 140–160 cm long, 85–95 cm at shoulder height and weigh 50–80 kg.

Only bucks have antlers, which are broad and shovel-shaped (palmate) from three years. In the first two years the antler is a single spike. Early in spring after bucks 'drop' their antlers they grow back bigger and are covered in velvet for the summer months. They lose the velvet usually by the end of Feb. The rut is in April.

Fallow Deer Doe

Fallow does are around 130–150 cm long, 75–85 cm at shoulder height and weigh about of 25–45 kg.

Fawns, born in spring (September to October), measure about 30 cm and weigh around 4.5 kg. During the rut bucks will spread out and females move between them. At this time of year fallow deer are relatively ungrouped compared with the rest of the year, when they try to stay together in groups of up to 150.

Fallow Deer in Tasmania

Fallow deer were introduced to Tasmania in 1834 and were officially released into the wild by the 1850s. Populations in the state vary but deer are most common in the Midlands and Central Highlands. The introduction of property-based Game Management Plans in the 1980s has led to a significant improvement in the quality of animals and better population control.

Although not known internationally as a deer hunting destination, Tasmania has a long local tradition of the sport, which is keenly pursued by a large number of local and interstate hunters and supported by a dedicated government Game Management division. ‘St Patricks Plains’ was one of the first properties to implement a Game Management Plan.

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