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The largest red deer in Europe

Come hunt deer during the rutting season! Your Gold medal trophy awaits!

Red Deer Hunting

The Red Deer is hunted during the rutting season in late September. A Gold Medal Trophy for a Red Deer is guaranteed.

The Hunt for Red Deer has to be booked before August as the number of licenses is very limited. Our organization only organizes hunting for Gold Medal Trophies of Red Deer.

Red Deer Hunting Season

September (from 15th) October November December
Other game species that can be combined

Red Deer in Estonia

Estonia represents probably the biggest red deer in Europe and are located mainly in the islands of Hiiumaa and Saaremaa where we have specific areas for hunting Red Deer. Densities and qualities of the Red Deer in the Islands are by far the highest in Estonia even surpassing moose hunting in popularity.

Hunting Areas for Red Deer

Zonas de Caza del Ciervo Rojo

Recommended calibers and bullets for hunting Red Deer

Rifles recomendados Balas recomendadas
Calibers Bullets
7 Rem Mag H Mantel
300 WSM Nosler Partition
30 R BLASER ID Classic
300 W Norma Oryx
300 Weatherby EVO
8×68 Blaser CDP
338 W Mag

Information about Red Deer (Cervus elaphus)

Cervus elaphus, also called common deer, deer or red deer, belong to the family of deer and is a artiodáctilo, which means they have a pair of hooves which are split in two. Ruminants and are excellent swimmers. It is a gregarious animal that usually form flocks where the alpha animal is a female, the males are more solitary. It is one of the 100 most damaging invasive alien species in the world.

Physical description

They can grow up to 2.5 m long and 1.5 m high. Adult males can weigh about 250 kg and females 110 kg. They usually live between 15 to 20 years. Its body is well adapted to the rugged terrain, its legs are very strong and long. A long, thin neck contrasts with the size of the enormous head. They have a very good sense of hearing because of their big ears. The males have antlers formed of dead bone with different tips, usually around 10points although there are antlers with more than 20 points. The antlers are shed each year, during the fall, regrowing the next year. The male with the biggest horns will dominate. This deer's fur is reddish, although somewhat lighter on the belly and back. In winter the reddish hue change to a more grayish.

Distribution and habitat

The red deer is distributed throughout the Northern Hemisphere but is easy to find especially in Europe and Asia. They often live in deciduous and mixed forests and even spend a lot of time on the move looking for food, usually establish an area of several kilometers to live. Also they adapt to plains and prairies that offer them enough food to survive.

Feeding Habits

They are herbivores feed primarily on tree leaves, acorns, grass, legumes and grasses, mosses and lichens.


Females reach sexual maturity between 2 and 3 years, males at 3 years but they do not mate until they are developed enough to defeat other males and earn the right to mate with any female, this usually happens when the male has aged 6 to 8 years. The rut begins in late summer, between September and October. At this time the males, who spend the rest of the year alone or in small groups of no more than 5 or 6 specimens, approach females and fight each other until the strongest wins the right to procreate. During the rut the males lose a lot of weight and strength due to the heavy fighting and they do not feed. Once the dominant male has mated with the females of his harem, he will retire in search of food to recover. Gestation lasts about 8 months and births are of a single offspring that will suckle for 3 months.

Hunting Programs

Stalking Red Deer Hunting

  • Recommended duration: 5 days Hunting (6 nights)
  • Hunting season from September 15  until the end of October
  • More information

The Hunt for Red Deer during rut is an excellent hunt and we offer a 100% guarantee of a successful hunt for trophy deer. The hunt takes place exclusively in the islands of Saaremaa and Hiiumaa where the largest populations and highest quality of Red Deer are found in Estonia. Red Deer were introduced to Estonia by the Germans after the First World War and were located on the Islands to prevent their extension to the rest of the country and avoid the possible impact that introduced species may have on other species, such as the European Moose Estonian Red Deer are considered the largest deer in the wild in Europe and the hunt each year produces not less than 3 gold medal trophies.

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