Fallow deer owe their survival as a species to humans. Most of their immediate relatives, including the Irish Elk, died out. Today, however, Fallow deer numbers today are so high, they do a lot of damage to the very parks they are supposed to decorate. Since it’s not a very good idea to reintroduce big predators into densely populated countries, fallow deer herds need to be managed – which is another word for “hunted”. Cull and management hunts are a good way to introduce beginners into the sport and fill the freezer with delicious, healthy, organic meat.
Fallow deer are popular with game ranchers and game farmers all over the world. You can hunt fallow deer across Europe, in the USA and Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Argentina and South Africa.
FALLOW DEER HUNTING METHODS
The most popular way of hunting fallow deer is spot-and-stalk. Hunters are usually accompanied by a guide or gamekeeper, who will not only show where the game is, and how to stalk it, but estimate the trophy size. The hunter and the guide walk quietly around the area, trying to locate animals and approach them. Fallow deer can be very active in daytime where they aren’t too disturbed by humans, which helps things. Calling can also be used during the rut. Hunting from high seats, driven hunts, and hunting with dogs are also practiced.
WHEN TO HUNT FALLOW DEER IN TEXAS
As a game park or game ranch animal, fallow deer can be hunted pretty much a year round. Wild fallow deer populations in Texas are typically hunted in September to December and January. Early autumn is usually the best time to hunt a fallow deer (March to July in the southern hemisphere).
WHAT IS THE COST TO HUNT FALLOW DEER IN TEXAS?
The most affordable fallow deer hunts are cull or management type hunts. Cull hunts start around $200 and are a perfect opportunity to experience the classic European hunts without paying a small fortune. European outfitters typically charge a daily rate and a trophy fee, which is sometimes calculated by a complex formula and may run into many thousand dollars. However, you can find a flat fee trophy fallow deer hunt in the neighborhood of $3,000 in the Americas. The most expensive fallow deer hunts are package deals that include trophies of a number of other species, such as red deer, tahr, blackbuck, etc.