Muntjac are an Asiatic species of deer which display primitive characteristics in having visible upper canine tusks and simple antlers growing from long pedicles. The indian sub species was first imported to the UK to Woburn Abbey in 1893 by the 11th Duke of Bedfordshire to be replaced later by the smaller Reeves Muntjac. It was also the Duke who was responsible for the introduction of Himalayan tahr to New Zealand, and similarly how tahr can only be shot in New Zealand, the United Kingdom is the only country where Muntjac can now be legally hunted. A number of deliberate releases were undertaken in the 1940's and 50's and Muntjac have slowly but sure;y now colonised much of Southern England. This colonisation has been assisted by further releases, escapees from captive stocks and natural range expansion. In the last 3 decades muntjac numbers in all areas of the UK have increased dramatically.
By 1996 only 5 counties in England lacked muntjac, but the core of their range comprisesthe counties of Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire, essex, Hertfordshire, Lincolnshire, Norfolk, Northamptonshire, Oxfordshire, Suffolk and Warwickshire. We arrange Hunting tours for Muntjac in Norfolk, there is a very healthy population of these lovely little deer on our areas, and is the only county where there are large numbers of Red Deer present as well. We can also arrange cokbined hunts with Roe Deer here as well.
Muntjac grow a glossy chestnut brown summer coat during April/May, with a darker thicker coat in the winter months. The front of their legs is black and their 15cm tail is white underneath and ginger on top. When alarmed the tail is held erect showing a white flag, otherwise it is held down and completely covers the small white rump patch. Facial patterns are most distinctive. Bucks have a ginger face with a dARK "V" SHAPED STRIPES RUNNING UP FROM THE black muzzle to the top of the pedicles. Does (and young bucks until they grow their first set of antlers) have a browner face and a and a dark diamond shaped marking - the top of the head being black.Both Bucks and Does have prominent sub-orbital glands on the inside of the pedicles. Both have an extremely long tongue with which they are able to lick most of their face. Both sexes have permanent upper canine tusks, but those of Bucks protrude well below the upper lip, making up a huge asset for this wonderful trophy. He thus has both antlers and external visible tusks. A muntjac's rump is slightly higher than its shoulders and the back is rounded giving them a hunched appearance resembling more a pig than a deer.
Muntjac only stand 45-50cm at the shoulder so tend to fray or chew off bark to mark territory at about 30cm from the ground, they will browse higher and not unknown to stand on their back legs to reach heights of up to 1m.