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Chinese Water Deer Stalking UK

Hunting the Chinese Water Deer

The Chinese water deer is a species native to China, Korea, and Vietnam. It is distinctive among deer species for its lack of antlers and its long, narrow, muntjac-like canine teeth.


Introduced to the UK in the 1870s the Chinese water deer can be found in many areas of southern England in addition to parts of Wales and Scotland.

Chinese water deer are relatively small, with adults ranging in size from 40 to 60 cm at the shoulder and weighing 11 to 18 kg. males are slightly larger than females and exhibit more sexual dimorphism.

Both males and females grow tusks; these are used primarily for display purposes and defence. People often describe these tusks as fangs and give the waterbuck quite a unique look.


Waterbuck Diet

The waterbuck is a herbivore; its diet consists mostly of grasses, but it will also eat nuts, fruits, and vegetables if available.

During the wet season, when food is abundant, they often do not drink water for several days at a time; however, during dry spells, they have been known to dig for groundwater roots with their hooves in search of water. This showcases their keen sense of smell.


Mating Season

Generally, solitary animals, when the mating season commences, water bucks can often be found in large groups. Mating occurs throughout November and December, with seven to eight months of gestation.

Fawns remain hidden for the first few weeks of life while it gains strength; thereafter, it remains close to their mother until weaning around six months later.


Role in UK Habitat

The introduction of the Chinese water buck has been generally positive, with bucks helping to control aquatic vegetation growth and providing an important food source for predators such as foxes and badgers. However, there have been some negative impacts as well, with bucks damaging crops and competing with native wildlife for food and resources. Overall, though, the Chinese water buck is considered a valuable addition to the UK's ecosystem


Stalking  A Water Deer

Chinese water bucks are fast and agile, so if you're not familiar with their habits, it can be difficult to take one down.

You should spend some time observing these animals in their natural habitat so that you can learn their patterns and behaviour. This will give you a better chance of predicting where they will be and when, making it easier to take them by surprise.

They can often be found by water sources, so this is always a good place to set up and find a water deer.



Patience is key when hunting any animal, but it's especially important when hunting a Chinese water buck. These animals are very wary and will bolt at the first sign of danger.

You'll likely never get close enough to take a shot if you're not patient. So, sit back, relax, and wait for the perfect opportunity to present itself. Then, and only then, should you make your move.

The Chinese water deer is a fascinating creature distinct among deer species. If you're interested in hunting these deer, research what type of terrain they inhabit and what time of year they are most active. With proper preparation, you can successfully hunt and catch a prized water deer through our guidance.


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