Q:

What is the difference between a buck and a stag?

A:

Quick Answer

“Buck” and “stag” refer to the same animal, with the only difference being the size of the animal. All male deer are referred to as bucks, but a large male deer is sometimes referred to as a stag.

Continue Reading
What is the difference between a buck and a stag?
Credit: ozz13x CC-BY-2.0

Full Answer

Deer are a member of the Cervidae family, which includes elk, moose, reindeer, white-tailed deer, black-tailed deer, and red deer. They are ruminant herd mammals present on every continent except Antarctica and Australia. The terminology for male and female deer varies widely and is sometimes determined not by species, but by size. For most types of deer, males are called bucks and females does. A stag is simply a large male deer; however, this term is not universally used. Some larger species are referred to as bulls for males and cows for females.

Deer terms can also vary for different age groups and occasionally by species. A male red deer is a hart and a female red deer is a hind. Again, these terms are not standardized and apply especially in cases when the male is more than 5 years old and the female more than 3 years old. Hart and hind can also be used to refer to species of deer other than red deer. A long time ago, the word “deer” was fairly generic as well; in Middle English it referred to any species of wild animal, while “cattle” referred to any species of domesticated animal used for livestock. It was not until much later that the word “deer” came to designate the Cervidae animal with which it is now associated.

Learn more about Deer

Related Questions

  • Q:

    What are some deer grunt sounds?

    A:

    Some deer grunt sounds include non-aggressive calls, such as contact calls, tending grunts, buck bawls and rage grunts. The estrus bleat and breeding bellows are others. Some aggressive deer grunt sounds include the sniff and the wheeze.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What is the biggest deer ever killed?

    A:

    The biggest deer to ever be killed is a whitetail buck that measured approximately 307 inches on the Boone and Crocket system, and was dubbed "Iowa's walking world record" in the February 2002 issue of North American Whitetail magazine. This buck was killed by a 15-year-old named Tony Lovstuen on the afternoon of September 29, 2003, during the special youth season. A muzzleloader was used, and the fatal 70-yard shot hit the midsection of the whitetail buck.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What is another name for the male deer?

    A:

    There are a range of names for the male deer, including buck, bull, hart and stag. There are more than 100 types of deer, although the whitetail deer is the most prevalent in the United States.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What are some interesting facts about the largest whitetail deer ever found?

    A:

    The largest whitetail deer ever found was shot with a bow and arrow in Ontario, Canada, in 1977 and weighed in field-dressed at 431 pounds. Experts estimate the buck's live weight was 540 pounds, but they were not able to verify the weight before it was butchered.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:

Explore