Although some of the stags were still shedding the velvet from their antlers a few of the more dominant stags had already done so and were looking in good shape. The odd mock battle was also taking place.
All the shots were taken from the footpaths, something to remember if you decide to visit to witness the rut in a month or so's time. I've often witnessed photographers spooking the deer by leaving the footpaths to get a better angle. The animals welfare should always come first especially as a road runs though the middle of the park.