The Antlers of Red Deer vary widely in length, spread, weight and appearance depending on the food available, the habitat as well as the genetic characteristics. The classic Red Deer head is known as a royal with 2 x 6 point antlers showing brow bay and trey tines, with each main beam topped by a crown of 3 points emerging from a single point on the beam. On our grounds Stags annually are shot with 16+ points, and those with 20+ points are not unknown. A stag’s antlers grow and develop each year of new growth, reaching their peak at about 8-12 years old. However, multi point yearling stags can be seen in our areas (although we do not shoot them). With advancing age the weight drops to the lower part of the antlers and points tend to become shorter and the tops get spindly, this is termed as “going back”. Occasionally Stags do not grow antlers at all, this is termed as a hummel, and these animals tend to be much bigger bodied because they do not use the nutrients required to grow their massive antlers. When the Stags have cast their antlers all disputes are settled by standing on their hind legs and boxing with their front hooves.