Stags are 1,060 mm at the shoulder and weigh 122 kg; hinds are 810 mm and up to 70 kg.
Stags in summer coat are dark reddish brown, changing to dark greyish brown in autumn. Hinds are pale yellowish red in summer and greyish red in winter. The chin, throat and underparts are cream.
Carried by stags only, normally antlers consist of three points on each side, the innermost tines longest and nearly parallel so they point straight upwards. Antlers are cast in December/January and velvet growth is completed by May.
Rifle and calibre
Rifle calibres of .243 and above are suitable for shooting rusa deer. As opportunities to shoot rusa tend to be rare, you should leave nothing to chance. You need a good telescopic sight as shots may be at long ranges, and this also means a heavier calibre may be best.
235 DS taken by Douglas Neal at Snake Hill in 1962.
Record Book Qualification
160 Douglas Score.