Listen to the bellowing of the stag, a unique experience!

Every year, many of you ask about listening to the stag bellow in the Ardennes.
Find out more on this page.
Our Maison du Tourisme can also be contacted on +32 61 61 30 10.

When can you hear the stag bellow?

The stag rutting season usually takes place between mid-September and mid-October.
Of course, nature decides! And a number of parameters have an influence: the temperature, the lunation, the peace and quiet…
It is therefore conceivable that the slab will start early.
Just as it’s possible that you won’t hear anything… at least not every day.

Where can you hear the stag bellow?

During September (generally from the 2nd week), part of the Saint-Hubert forest is closed from 5pm to 9am.

At this time of year, specific areas are set aside for listening to the deer bellowing.
Signage will be displayed on site.
Please respect the prohibitions in place.

Coming soon: more information on the 2024 sites.

are there any organised evenings?

Yes, several organisers offer organised evenings in the Forêt de Saint-Hubert (Royal Syndicat d’Initiative de Saint-Hubert, CRIE du Fourneau Saint-Michel, Camping Europacamp, etc.).
Participation is always by registration, as places are limited.

Coming soon: more information on the evenings organised in 2024.

How do you equip yourself to listen to the bellowing of the stag?

The key word is discretion.
So avoid noisy clothes. When you’re out and about, make sure you don’t slam car doors or use torches too brightly, and remember to put your smartphone on silent.
The nights are cool at this time of year, so wear warm clothes and good shoes to avoid catching a chill; the wait can be long…

Can we hire the services of a guide for our group?

Yes, depending on the guides, different formulas are offered for pre-constituted groups:

Richard Mignolet (Ardenne Plaisir)

  • Special options for the visually impaired
  • Languages spoken: French, Dutch
  • Prices on request

Tony Rock

Tony is a qualified nature guide with a diploma from the Cercles des Naturalistes de Belgique and an agrégé d’enseignement secondaire supérieur. He is an active member of Plectocus, specialising in mycology and chiropterology, trained in ornithology and responsible for Natagora’s Nature Network at the Chalet des Alouettes in Saint-Hubert.

  • For groups of 10 to 25 people
  • Language spoken: French
  • Price on request

good to know

During the deer slabbing season, the Saint-Hubert Game Park is partially closed.
The part of the park where the deer roam freely is inaccessible for safety reasons and for the well-being of the animals.
A reduced rate applies.
+32 61 25 68 17

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