Red Deer Mating Habits

Red Deer Mating Habits



Red Deer Mating Habits

Red deer are polygynous, one male mating with multiple females. In late September or early October, the males lose their antler velvet and start to compete for females. Dominant males can maintain larger harems and restrict access to their females. Harems are seasonal and usually consist of 1 bull with 6 females and their yearling calves. 


These deer reach sexual maturity at 16 months, although males usually wait until a few years have passed and they can compete with the more mature males. Gestation usually lasts 240 to 262 days, and a single offspring is born. Following birth, a cow and a calf live alone for a few weeks. 


After 16 days a calf can join the herd, with weaning completed within 60 days. The mothers nurse and protect their offspring for the first year of life. Males do not help with the care of their young.





Mating Habits : 

MATING BEHAVIOR : Polygyny

REPRODUCTION SEASON : September-October

PREGNANCY DURATION  : 240-262 days

BABY CARRYING : 1 fawn

INDEPENDENT AGE : 1 year

FEMALE NAME : hind

MALE NAME : stag, hart

BABY NAME : fawn



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