IBERIAN RED DEER
Specie: Cervus elaphus
Body height: 4,60 – 4,90 ft. 140 – 150 cm.
Weight: 220 lb. 530 lb. 100 – 240 kgs.
Hunting is done by stalking and driven hunt.
From September to March. Best in the rut period (from half September to half October).
All the Spanish territory and National Parks. The hunting area is at least 3,5 hours from Madrid airport.
Mountainous forest, conifer woods, mixed woodland and open grassland.
The Spanish Red deer is one of the largest deer species. In winter its coat is rough and thick, of a grey-brown colour and with a darker yellowish rump patch. In summer, the coat is reddish-brown. Only stags have a thick neck and carry antlers, which start to grow in the spring and are shed at the end of winter.
These antlers grow huge with a rough surface and in the case of the largest stags, the fourth or fifth tip form a basket at the end. Red deer usually stay in same sex groups for most of the year. During the rut, mature stags fight for the control of the harems. and rival stags challenge opponents by belling and walking side by side. If neither stag backs down, a crash of antlers can occur, sometimes causing serious injuries. Only mature stags hold a harem and during that time they rarely feed, losing up to 20% of their body weight.