UPDATE! We’ve have had a fantastic repsonse to this event – thank you!
Due to the updated Covid-19 guidelines our filming of the rut has been slowed as a result our online event will now take place on Sunday October 18th @ 10.30 am.
In the meantime we would ask you to submit any questions you have about the rut or Red deer in Co Kerry to firstname.lastname@example.org before Wednesday October 14th @ 5 pm and we will try and answer as many questions as possible online during our rut event.
Irish Deer Commission
Popular Deer Rut Watch Event Goes Online Due to Covid-19
It’s autumn and in our forests and across our mountains, tensions are rising as the deer breeding season (known as the rut) gets under way, the time of the year when male deer are driven by an urge to reproduce. From October until early November the clash of antlers will be heard as males show off their virility to potential mates and, like gladiators entering an arena, they parade around showing off their armoury of antlers.
Announcing the event, a spokesperson for the Irish Deer Commission said “due to the current Government Covid-19 guidelines and to ensure the safety of our members, supporters and other park users we are pleased to confirm our popular Rut Watch event will go virtual this year with online talks and rutting action available to watch online from the comfort and safety of your home.”
The Red deer rut is one of the highlights of the wildlife calendar and has continuously taken place in Co Kerry for over 5,000 years. Killarney National Park is considered to be the best location in Europe to observe wild deer during the rut.
The event takes place on Sunday October 11th at 9 am (please note this date may change due to weather and other activities in the Park, those registered will receive notification by email) in partnership with the National Parks and Wildlife Service and is free of charge and suitable for families.
Those registered for the event will receive further details by email on how to view the event online closer to the event date. You can now register online via the “News and Events” section of www.irishdeercommission.ie or email email@example.com
For online publications the event can be booked directly on the following link