The antlers are usually shed annually in April and the new ones are regrown and free of velvet by August, until the fifth or sixth year.
Fallow Deer Dama dama have a good sense of smell and hearing and have very good vision. They have multi-point antlers which distinguish them from all other deer.
They can lift their legs higher than any other species when they trot, jump with all four feet in the air and carry their tails erect when fleeing. Fallow Deer will spend most of the year in single sex herds, only coming together in autumn for the annual rut. During mating season, the male Fallow Deer will engage in antler fights over a female. They have two different shades of colour, one in summer and one in winter.