Finding hoof prints

A deer print in the snow

This print was made by a deer.

Deer have cloven hooves, meaning that each one leaves two marks in the snow with a gap in between, and pointed tips. Muntjac deer typically leave smaller prints of around 3cm long, while a red deer stag may leave prints as large as 9cm long. Roe and Fallow deer tracks lie beween these two at about 5cm and 7cm long respectively.


Hoof marks on the beach
Hoof marks on the beach

Horses have hooves, like deer, but their prints look very different. Horse prints have a triangular shape at the back, and their shoes leave a semi-circular print at the front.