Foresters and enforcers handed out dozens of fines of 90 euros last week.
The rut is at its peak at this time of year. During the rut, male red deer go in search of females. They do this by making loud primal sounds, which is also called bellowing. If other stags come close, it makes for spectacular antler fights.
This can be hard at times. In the 2018 rutting season, two male deer fought each other to get a female. Nature lovers captured it:
During the rutting period, a number of walking and bridleways, roads and cycling routes in the De Hoge Veluwe nature reserve were closed. In other places in the national park, it must be quiet from late afternoon until the next morning. These measures have been taken to give the deer as much rest as possible during this intensive period.
Check until mid-October
The nature managers of the Veluwe warn that until mid-October there will still be plenty of checks in the forests, because a number of visitors will still enter the closed areas, for example to take pictures and videos of the deer.
The area’s rangers recommend wildlife enthusiasts to view the deer from designated spots. “If everyone adheres to the rules, red deer will seek out the open field and are highly visible. But if the animals are startled, they hide in the woods.”