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Buck or Stag, what's the difference?

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    MrGoatsmilk
    26 Oct 2010 - 11:14 AM

    I had a comment on a shot stating that it's a Buck not a Stag, can someone explain what is the difference please?

    I have searched online and get different answers, some say that they can be called either, some on the size of antlers and some go by bloodline.


    Cheers for any help.


    Stu

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    collywobles
    26 Oct 2010 - 11:23 AM

    I have always interperated it as in "a young buck" or a "Mature Stag"

    Hence some women refer to young guys as a young buck as it only takes them 2 minutes................... Colin {8oP

    KathyW
    KathyW  101793 forum posts Norfolk Island12 Constructive Critique Points
    26 Oct 2010 - 11:30 AM

    Technically I suspect the terms are interchangeable, but usually a mature Red deer male is referred to as a stag, and the males of the smaller breeds are known as bucks. I think, that Red females are hinds, but others like Fallow are called does? The term "stag" is rarely used in the USA.

    Edit - just had a look at your pic and it appears to be a Fallow deer (I think - don't know much about deer!) so would generally be called a buck.

    Last Modified By KathyW at 26 Oct 2010 - 11:34 AM Helpful Post! This post was flagged as helpful
    MrGoatsmilk
    26 Oct 2010 - 12:02 PM

    They are all Fallow where I was as far as I'm aware, just wonder why he would be a Buck and not a Stag really, what points are different between the types.


    Thanks

    Stu

    JohnParminter
    26 Oct 2010 - 12:06 PM

    Stuart, if you photographed a Red Deer then the males are Stags or Harts, females Hinds, they are not referred to as bucks or does, this is for other types of deer such as Fallow etc.

    I crossed your comment Stuart. It just depends on what species as to what they are referred to.

    John

    Last Modified By JohnParminter at 26 Oct 2010 - 12:07 PM Helpful Post! This post was flagged as helpful
    MrGoatsmilk
    26 Oct 2010 - 12:08 PM

    So only Red Deer can be called Stags, any other male deer would be a Buck.


    I'm with you now.


    Cheers

    Stu

    cambirder
    cambirder  107202 forum posts England
    26 Oct 2010 - 1:48 PM


    Quote: So only Red Deer can be called Stags, any other male deer would be a Buck

    There is no such hard and fast rule.

    MrGoatsmilk
    26 Oct 2010 - 1:50 PM


    Quote: So only Red Deer can be called Stags, any other male deer would be a Buck

    There is no such hard and fast rule.

    Damn, I knew it TongueTongueTongue

    So how does it work then?

    davidcollins
    davidcollins e2 Member 8103 forum postsdavidcollins vcard Scotland1 Constructive Critique Points
    26 Oct 2010 - 5:14 PM

    and to add to the confusion a male elk is a bull and female a cowGrin

    cambirder
    cambirder  107202 forum posts England
    26 Oct 2010 - 5:29 PM

    It is no different to local names for plants and animals, move from one area or country to another and the names change, which is why Latin is used to avoid confusion.

    JohnParminter
    26 Oct 2010 - 5:37 PM


    Quote: So only Red Deer can be called Stags, any other male deer would be a Buck

    There is no such hard and fast rule.

    Indeed Paul, there are no rules but Stuart was wondering what the difference is between the term Stag and Buck. Male Red Deer are referred to as Stags, other species of common UK male deer are referred to as Bucks.

    Its just terminology but the accepted normal reference for male Red Deer is " A Red stag" as opposed to "A Red buck".

    You could call them as you wish, folk would still get your meaning, eventually.

    MrGoatsmilk
    26 Oct 2010 - 7:26 PM

    Thanks to everyone for the replies, it makes sense now


    Stu

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