I had a very close view of a red stag this week. I was driving up the Bray Valley in Devon, not too far from South Moulton as the light was fading. I saw a stag cross the road about 200 yards ahead, it was coming out of some fields to the right and towards woods on the left.
I slowed as I appraoched as it made no effort to get into the woods but waited on the side of the road. I pulled to the right and eased round it but as I drew level it decided to go back the way it came and jumped across the bonnet of my car. I'm sure that it looked me in the eye as it went.
It was the closest view of a live stag that I have had and it will live with me for some time. It was a big boy still in velvet but looking a potential 10 pointer.