Red deer is the royal game of Europe and is found in most European countries. Carefully preserved by kings and princes, red deer survived the agricultural and industrial revolutions and is thriving in Europe – Portugal, Spain, Poland, Belarus, Germany, the Czech Republic, Romania and Bulgaria – it would be hard to name a European country that doesn’t have red deer hunting.
Further east, in the mountains of Kazakhstan and southeast Russia you find the maral stag, which is also a variety of the red deer (unlike the izubr, which is a variety of wapiti). Europeans introduced red deer to other continents as well and red deer hunting opportunities exist in Argentina, Uruguay, Australia, New Zealand and the United States.
RED DEER HUNTING METHODS
Spot-and-stalk hunting was perfected by the British aristocracy on the open hills of Scotland and is widely practiced for hunting red deer where they inhabit the more or less open terrain. The hunter is usually accompanied by a guide that will direct the stalk and estimate the size of the stag. The best hunting method for red deer is to call a stag in during the rut.
WHEN TO HUNT RED DEER IN TEXAS
In north America, red deer hunting season typically starts in August or September, and runs until November or December. The best season to hunt the royal stag is, of course, the rut, when the forests are shaken with his mighty roar. In the Southern Hemisphere the seasons are shifted proportionally, and the rut usually occurs in March, and the season running into August.
WHAT IS THE COST TO HUNT RED DEER IN TEXAS?
The most affordable red deer hunting opportunities are to be found in Eastern Europe. In countries like Belarus and Poland you can hunt a red deer for $600-$1000. The trophy fees aren’t usually included in the listed price of the hunt and may vary greatly with antler size – from $300-$500 for an indifferent trophy to $3,000-$5,000 for a medal class crown, and up to $10,000 for a record book entry.
Most red deer hunting adventures in Argentina, New Zealand and the USA are priced between $5,000 and $10,000, and may come as a flat trophy fee or as a combination with other species. Cow and cull/management hunts are an affordable way to be introduced to red deer hunting.