For hunters in North America, when one thinks of deer hunting, the whitetail deer automatically comes to mind. There is a larger cousin that inhabits Europe, Asia and Africa, however, called the red deer. The red deer is generally larger in size than the whitetail and their antler racks grow to impressive stature as well.
Here are a few red deer facts. The red deer is the only deer to inhabit the continent of Africa. They are plenteous in most of Europe and Asia and have been introduced to New Zealand and Argentina over the years. They are slowly becoming a part of the hunting culture in North America, as guided hunt ranches and deer farms are beginning to raise them for people who want to specifically hunt for red deer instead of the usual whitetail. Besides the obvious venison and antlers, the red deer antler velvet that protects the new antler growth during the Spring is highly prized by some, especially in East Asia and Russia, for holistic medicine ingredients..