Early visit to the Red Deer Rut (well nearly)

October is the most exciting time of year to watch our deer as they engage in fierce mating battles. The three largest species of deer (red, fallow and sika) all rut in the autumn and are easy to watch in parks and in the wild. So with this information in my mind I set off to Studley Royal in North Yorkshire for a day out.

It soon became apparent that the Rut had not fully started and although the herds and groups were beginning to form, the mating battles were not for real – yet!