Hunting Season: 1st November - 31st March
Both Does and Bucks are similar in size, about 50cm at the shloulder, and although a small bodied animal have comparatively long legs more akin to a Roe than a muntjac, although their haunches also appear higher than their shoulders. Neither the buck or doe has antlers, although bucks over 18 months generally have visible tusks. The tusks continually grow until the animal is 2 years old. They have a very sharp inner edge and are planted loosely in their sockets. They are hinged allowing them to move in all directions and when a buck shows aggression he will snarl moving his tusks forward.
CWD are generally solitary animals forming only loose family associations. Theya re territorial with a bucks home range overlapping that of many does. They will congregate in known feeding areas only at a time of food shortage. They tend to be a grazing species but will also browse shrubs and low tree branches. They are known for crouching when threatened or simply to ruminate, often lying flat in cover to become almost invisible.
The rut is in December, Bucks establish territories with scrapes and slots which they urinate in. Scent marks are also left using the sub orbital glands. They mark plant stems with their tusks and the bucks will often fight during the rut. A sign of aggression is for him to stretch the neck and shake the head from side to side. They use their tusks as weapons and gash at an opponent’s face or neck. They bark when in danger and bucks use a variety of clicks and squeals during the rut.