Mid Eastern Red Deer
Anatolian Red Deer is believed to be a cross breed between European type and Asian Maral although no scientific research has been done to prove this theory. Protected for over 6 decades, the Red Stag population in some parts of Turkey soared up to a point, where authorities were actually obliged to open up hunting for the first time in the history of the Turkish Republic.
It is a well known fact that even back in Ottoman times pioneer hunters like Fredrick C. Selous had come to Western Anatolia in search of this majestic animal and ibex. However, foreigners had not been permitted to hunt Red Deer for it was banned by a game law passed in 1937.
The ban was raised in 2004 and for the past 3 years, a good number of hunts have been carried out successfully. What’s more, the trophy quality proved to be good to excellent. Currently, there are several areas throughout the country, where the Red Stag can be hunted.
Best time for the hunt of the animal is from mid September through mid October, when the bulls start roaring in rut.