The Red Deer
is an exotic in the state of Texas, but a resident in Asia, Europe, England,
Scotland and many other areas. This animal is a cousin of our North American
Elk. So being a cousin, it was quickly established that they would readily
interbreed with our elk and had to be kept separately on the many game
ranches where they had been introduced.
The red deer
stag of course is the only one of the tribe that has antlers. It's antlers,
as well as coloring are very similar to our elk. The mature male Red Deer
stag, has a unique horn difference from the American species. At around
6 years or so at the tips of the antlers a cluster of points form on the
main beam that is called a crown.
will stand about four feet at the shoulder and weigh from 300 to 600 pounds.
The females will weigh in around 250 pounds.
Steve Mahurin on July 30, 2000.