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Sika Deer

Happy New Year to everyone at this great site.  As the new year rolls around, many of us find ourselves hunkered in for the winter, with a long wait before our next hunt.  That has been my case in most years past.  But, I recently got a call from my son in Maryland, asking me if I'd like to go on a Sika deer hunt with him.  He'd buy the airfare if I wanted to come out for a hunt.

Now, how long did that take to make a decision?  Kevin has wanted to hunt Sika for several years but didn't have anyone to go with.  I guess he decided to import a partner so on the 16th of this month, we'll be sneaking around the woods of some island, looking to stick an arrow through a Sika bull.  (Sika look a lot like a minature elk)

My question, has anyone ever hunted these little fellas before?  Does anyone have any experience with these deer in Maryland?  There are several areas that can be hunted, but I'm sure some must be better than others.  We understand that many of the hunting areas are heavy in marsh and water and tough to hunt. 

We're open for ideas and/or suggestions.  I can tell you this though, we'll have a wonderful week together, snooping around, trying to find a big Sika bull.

Thanks in advance for any help with this hunt.

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Well, that is definately one

Well, that is definately one heck of an offer.... Wink

I have ZERO experience with them, but I did see a hunting show on them one time.  It amazed me that there was this little pocket of free ranging deer there in the middle of millions of whitetails on the east coast.  very neat.  Always thought they would be fun to hunt.

Good luck.  Let us know what you find out. 

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wow

CA-moster,

Thanks for your reply to  my post.  You were the only one to post an answer.  The hunt is over and what a hunt it was.  "Hunt", being the operative word.  Man, those little rascals are hard to find.  We were told that few hunters come in from out of state, hunt the public land and go home successful.  Even few locals hunt public land and go home successful.  I KNOW what they mean.  We hunted hard for five days.  In before light and out after dark.  We gave it a full try.  When I get back to Washington, I'll post a couple of pictures.  Suffice it to say, I was not one of those that is going home empty handed.  I was blessed.  He ain't big, but he sure is a trophy to me.

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Good job I'm impressed, I

Good job I'm impressed, I know nothing about them other than they are very difficult to get.

 

Looking forward to the pictures.

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Very cool!  Congrats!  As you

Very cool!  Congrats!  As you said, it's about the HUNT!  Big or small, you should be proud.  Not many people get to experience that type of hunt, kinda like oryx hunting. 

Can't wait for the photos and story!!!

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who knows

Vermonster: who knows, talking about oryx, maybe I'll share the story of that hunt with you sometime??  He was a dandy.

I'll be working on a Sika story and some pictures in the next few days.  I hope the story isn't as hard to write as the hunt was.  

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Didn't know you had gotten

Didn't know you had gotten one of those too.  Very cool!  Had a buddy get a nice one last year.  A little too expensive for me right now, but definately something I want to do in the next 5 years or so. 

Hear they're great eating too...... Wink

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Great eating...

In my opinion, it was some of the best wild meat I have ever eaten.  I've taken elk, moose and buffalo and they're all outstanding, but not one bit better than the oryx (gemsbok)  I actuall took mine in Africa a few years ago and he was a gold medal bull.  I have that story written and who knows, one day it might show up on here.

We ate oryx almost every day in Africa and never even came close to getting tired of it.  It's a remarkable meat and very healthy.  And by the way, a very challenging hunt as well.  I called the story, "Doin the Mambo".

I will also tell you that Sika is one fine meat.  We had heard how good it was and when I fried up a backstrap steak Sunday evening, we were not disappointed.  It was fantastic!!!  Did I mention that I dumped a four point (Eastern count) whitetail on this hunt too?

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Why no, you didn't....

Why no, you didn't.... :wink:  Congrats on that one too.  Where are the photos and story?  Did you post them yet?

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Sweet!

Great job Arrowflipper! Thumbs up

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Still waiting for pics

Still waiting for pics buddy!! Huh?

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