Red Deer on Exmoor
Stags lose their antlers in the spring and then start to grow a
new set of antlers through the summer which are covered in velvet as
they grow. Each year the stags will grow an extra set of points. When
fully grown the stags will scrape the velvet cover off by rubbing
their antlers against tree's and bushes.
In the Autumn the stags will be in full rut with contenders
sizing each other up and roaring at one another. If neither give way
they will come to blows with their heads down and antlers locked in a
bid to drive the other away and take possession of the hinds.