Muntjac deer

Muntjac tend to be most active for around three hours before dusk and two hours afterwards

Muntjac deer are a non-native species also known as Reeves’ deer.

They arrived in England in the early 20th century from China, brought into Woburn Park in Bedfordshire. After escaping (and being deliberately released) they prospered and are now to be found across south and central England and Wales.

Muntjac are small and stocky and found in forests, scrub and overgrown gardens.

It is open season on Muntjac all year round but care should be taken to use the right gun and ammunition.

Muntjac breed all year round and can conceive within days of giving birth.

They frequently bark loudly, giving them the name ‘barking deer’, particularly when disturbed. They are not strictly nocturnal but peak activity is first thing in the morning and at dusk.

Muntjac deer bucks (males) grow to 44 – 52cm at the shoulder and weigh 10 – 18kg. Does (females) are 43 – 52cm at the shoulder and weigh 9 – 16kg.

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