Stalking, Bowhunting, Highseat, Driven Big game
Hunting from either a high seat or from the ground will get the job done on a day out for sika.
Commonly found near other species such as fallow as sika are very gregarious deer, it is pertinent to know which species you are shooting for, and to track cautiously only the most ideal adult, typically a stag- carrying a nice ridged rack with a thick cross-section bone.
Sika may have a long repertoire in the UK and New Zealand but they originally hail from Asia and Japan, being introduced to parts of Europe and elsewhere in the 1800s.
As a highly vocal deer, their calls are a unique tool hunters should use to find the larger herds of fantastically patterned sika.
Their coat varies from a summer white-spotted bronze to a winter but is always readily identifiable through your binoculars, somewhere hidden or up in high seat with their distinctive black dorsal strip.
Scientific name: Cervus nippon
Size: height: 95 cm
Weight: stags 40 – 70 kg, hinds 30 – 45 kg
Lifespan: 16 years
Methods: Bow hunting, Hunting from a blind, Driven big game, Highseat, Stalking
Continent(s): Originally from East Asia, brought to almost all over the world