Fallow deer are native to the Mediterranean region of Europe and Asia Minor and have hard antlers with flat palmations similar to moose. Bucks can weigh about 200 pounds and females 100 pounds. It prefers open woods where it feeds mainly on herbs and foliage and sometimes on woody browse and grasses. The coat is usually yellowish brown with white spots in summer and is more uniformly grayish brown in winter. However, fallow deer are very variable in color; some are white, others very dark brown. Fallow deer often have a distinctive black inverted horseshoe shape on their rumps, and a black stripe on their tails. Facially, their head is more elongated than some species with large angular ears.
Fallow venison is highly valued for its tender texture and beef-like flavor. Fallow deer venison is excellent and similar to that of Axis.