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Buck or Stag, what's the difference?


26 Oct 2010 11:14AM
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 e2
10 3.4k 9 United Kingdom
26 Oct 2010 11:23AM
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 e2
11 1.8k 12 Norfolk Island
26 Oct 2010 11:30AM
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.
26 Oct 2010 12:02PM
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
7 1.3k 14 England
26 Oct 2010 12:06PM
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
26 Oct 2010 12:08PM
So only Red Deer can be called Stags, any other male deer would be a Buck.


I'm with you now.


Cheers

Stu
cambirder e2
11 7.2k England
26 Oct 2010 1:48PM

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.
26 Oct 2010 1:50PM

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 e2
9 104 1 Scotland
26 Oct 2010 5:14PM
and to add to the confusion a male elk is a bull and female a cowGrin
cambirder e2
11 7.2k England
26 Oct 2010 5:29PM
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
7 1.3k 14 England
26 Oct 2010 5:37PM

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.
26 Oct 2010 7:26PM
Thanks to everyone for the replies, it makes sense now


Stu

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