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Name: Fallow Deer
Scientific Name: Dama dama

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Fallow deer were among the first to be successfully introduced to New Zealand. 

Fallow Deer Bucks are a striking trophy… vivid coloration in their coats, they are also the only other species to have unique palmated antlers like a moose. Introduced from Europe, they have spread through much of New Zealand and are now well established…and we have some of the biggest bucks in country! This is an ideal hunt if you are an “antler lover”.

Fallow deer hunting requires both stealth and good eyes as they are an extremely wiley animal. Unlike other deer, fallow bucks during their rut (croak) will actually make a rut pad or stand on a seasonal rut pad and wait for the females (does) to come to them to be mated. 

On our free range fallow deer hunting properties it is not uncommon to see up to 100 deer on a fallow pad. New Zealand Safaris has exclusive hunting rights to two of the top free range and wild fallow deer hunting properties in the country. We guarantee that no other New Zealand hunting guides will have access to the quality and quantity of fallow deer in the country. 

The rut for fallow deer runs through the month of April, with outstanding trophy heads these properties are home to one of the highest populations of pure wild fallow deer. Glassing from the truck into the rolling foot hills this hunt has similar aspects to that of a mule deer hunt. Capes on bucks vary from brown, meinal, to white and spots that run through the back on all phases of coat. On our estate, we also have exceptional trophy bucks that will rival any other New Zealand hunting outfitters.

In New Zealand, there is no seasonal restriction to hunting fallow deer, meaning generally they can be hunted throughout the year but for trophy fallow bucks, they are in hard antler from March-September.


Hunters have the option of free range or fair chase estate hunts on private land. The estate hunt is on 3,500 acres where some of these wary bucks will rival some of the biggest in the world scoring in inches between 220 and 300+ SCI. Spot and stalk is preferred, it is very common to walk up on bucks hiding in very little cover so quiet and deliberate foot steps are required at times to get into range between 30-250 yards. Wild, free range hunting is on private wilderness land which are some of the top properties in New Zealand for quality, age and numbers which is exclusive to New Zealand Safaris. 

Small in size and well muscled, fallow deer can weigh in around 200lbs, they have incredible speed and agility so time must be taken when stalking these deer.

An all round exciting deer hunt this is a great combination in timing with the Red Stag, Elk and Sika rut which runs from early April to mid May.

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