There are not too many interesting things that have come out of Devon but one of them is bolving.
Bolving is the art of reproducing the sound of the rutting deer stag in the hope of getting a response from the real animals out on the Moor.
Here is an example of exactly that:
The art of bolving has slowly been spreading north and now it has reached the Derbyshire Eastern Moors. What we now need is a clear Derbyshire champion to set the standard by which all others in the area will be judged.
On Saturday 11th October, Eastern Moors will be hosting their first championship. The idea is for everyone to go out onto the Barbrook dam facing out into the Moor. One by one participants, drawn by random, will be able to make their call and try and get a response from our local stags. Bolving will be judged on the volume, quality and reality of each call and the response received from the wild stags. The winner will not only receive a signed certificate but will also receive a voucher for 2 for a meal at the Grouse near Longshaw. Have you ever had such an offer for an entertaining early evening?
We start at 5.30 and after 2 hours you still have time to do whatever you normally do on a Saturday night!
Here is a short video of the real thing. Not all these red deer are on the Eastern Moors but they all sound roughly the same:
In addition there will be a display about our red deer on Big Moor and a decorated antler competition. Deer thrash the bracken, heather, grass and moss with their antlers at rutting time to show their frustration and some of it gets lodged on their antlers making them look particularly rediculous. Can you or your family replicate this action?
We may have a tug of war so that instead of all the pushing and shoving associated with the rut we will be moving in the opposite direction. This depends as much as anything on the weather!
Hot soup will be provided at Barbrook Cottage and you will get chance to meet similar individuals with an interest and passion for our biggest wild mammal
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