Fallow deer

Fallow deer
It is one of the three species of the Deer family that are found in Bulgaria - red deer, fallow deer and roe deer. The male fallow deer is known as a buck, the female is a doe, and the young a fawn.The first evidence of the presence of fallow deer in our lands dates back to ancient times. They are depicted on several Thracian treasures such as in Panagyurishte and Lukovit. The fallow deer was widespread in the past, but was later exterminated for its meat and antlers. It was reintroduced at the beginning of the last century - in 1904.
In Bulgaria it owes its name to its antlers, which are characteristic of males and have an impressive shape - extended at the end in the shape of a shovel. They range from 50 to 70 centimeters.

Its first antlers grow when it is one year old fawn, but they are single spike. Only at the age of 3 do the little fawns get antlers with the characteristic spade-like extension. The "shovels" grow with age and reach their maximum size by the age of 10 of the buck. The fallow deer is smaller, stockier and has shorter legs than the red deer. Its color is reddish-brown in summer with beautiful light spots and dark gray-brown - in winter. There are and not uncommon completely white and black. Currently in Bulgaria there are about 6500 specimens in several hunting farms, the most numerous are in the Eastern Rhodopes.