When do deer bellow?

Autumn, the screeching season! 

Ah autumn! It's the ideal season for picking mushrooms, walks in the great outdoors and especially to listen to the bellowing of the deer. In all the forests of the Dordogne and Périgord Noir, this cry uttered by the deer signals the start of the mating season. It attracts does as much as it deters and intimidates other males. From mid-September to mid-October is the best time to hear the bellowing. So why not come and spend your autumn holidays in Périgord and in the Vézère Valley. You can embark on a quest for the bellowing of the deer and try to hear the hoarse cry of this animal, king of our forests. We guarantee that you will not be disappointed, it is a unique experience that will definitely leave a mark on your mind. 

An extraordinary experience! 

It is at dusk, when the day fades to give way to night, that the deer makes its cry echo throughout Périgord. In the darkness, listen carefully and listen to the bellowing of the deer. You can even hear several respond to each other from one place to another: a true natural symphony. Sometimes, deer challenge and confront each other during combat. They clash their large antlers with a powerful noise. With a little luck, you will be able to see it, but just the sound of its bellowing is already exceptional! Our little advice: For the bravest, get up at dawn to enjoy the bellowing of the deer and observe the surrounding nature slowly waking up. Guaranteed rejuvenation! 

Shh, don't make any noise and listen! 

Grandiose and imposing with its beautiful antlers, the deer nonetheless remains a discreet animal which doesn't really like to be disturbed ! We give you some advice to put all the chances on your side in your quest for slab. 

  • Be discreet, avoid making noise, wearing flashy clothes and perfume! Yes, these senses are very well developed, it will not take long to spot your presence if you do not put all the chances on your side. And above all, stay away. 
  • Have a pair of binoculars ! The deer emerge from the forests and move into the meadows at nightfall or early morning. You don't want to miss an opportunity to see this beautiful animal with your own eyes. 
  • Stay patient ! The bellowing is worth it and we promise you it's worth it! 

Where can I experience this? 

The deer is above all a wild animal which appreciates its tranquility. It is therefore better to go and meet him accompanied by a guide. In Dordogne and Périgord Noir, outings and hikes are occasionally organized to experience the stag bellowing. For example, The Périgord Limousin Regional Natural Park organizes evenings around the slab. You can obtain information from your Tourist Office. In the Vézère Valley, live this experience for yourself by going to the Eyzies observatory near Sarlat or stop along a path. Around us, the cry of the deer resounds everywhere.

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