Every autumn, between mid-September and mid-October, the region’s forests come to life as night falls. It’s mating season for stags and does. The stags will bellow and sometimes fight to mark their territory and conquer the does in order to reproduce. To mark the occasion, guided outings have been organised for you to discover this unique courtship. 

Breeding season  

Between stags and does

Despite their widespread presence, particularly throughout the various forest massifs, Cervidae are usually very wary and remain well hidden. It is only at this time of year that we really notice their presence. 
The stags will bellow and sometimes fight to mark their territory and conquer the does in order to reproduce. 

The bellow is a very powerful, low-pitched cry that echoes through the woods. It is both fascinating and intriguing to listen to these wild animals. When you hear bellowing, it means that the king of the forest is not far away, so you need to hone your ears and open your eyes wide to try and catch a glimpse of him.

Cerf et biches

Stags and does

Guided outings 

To discover bellowing 

The bellowing of the stag is highly popular with local residents and wildlife lovers in general, so guided outings are organised by professionals. 

The guides will give you all the information you need about Cervidae and all the explanations about this fascinating period when stags bellow. Night-time outings are organised to catch a glimpse of the animals and listen to their courtship.

All events must be booked in advance. You can find the programme in the diary of events here. Make sure you book well in advance!

Observation de la faune sauvage

Watching the wildlife

Respect and caution

In the presence of these wild animals

Although it can be easy to spot stags and does during the bellowing season, it is important to respect these animals and avoid disturbing them, at the risk of seeing them disappear from our forests in search of peace and quiet.

Stags and does are discreet and elusive during the rest of the year, but at this time of year, stags can become dangerous if you try to get too close to them. So here are a few recommendations:

Do not try to get close to stags or does on foot

Stay in your car to listen to the bellowing

Do not shine your car lights at animals

Do not make any noise to avoid disturbing the animals

Faune biche

Doe at the edge of a footpath