This is the story of last nights Stag. To set the scene we went out first pre dawn yesterday and all we saw was 10 hinds so we knocked it on the head until last night. We got on site about 6 O'Clock, parked up and because I am not too good on my pins I drove to within about 300 yards of where we wanted to be. By the time we had struggled into position over this vast distance, it was 6.30. We immediately saw a hind that was running around and seemed to be playing, it then did the Sika thing and just vanished from sight. By now stags were whistleing, the first one was from the left accross the river abour 5-600 yards away, then one away to our right had a go, my turn. So I then broke into song with the caller, it is a sceery elk call but doubles up as a Sika call, I gave what i considered to be a typical Sika three whistle sequence, mind you the first one sounded like a goose after a bad curry. I then spotted a movement, 200 yards away to our left and coming in like a train, he was not shy the curry goose had obviously upset him. He got to within 100 yards and stopped, he was looking hard in our direction. Now, because of the way we were sitting and that bugger coming from where he was not supposed to be, I was going to have to shoot left handed.
Now I did not panic too much as I am one of those peculiar folk who can and quite often do shoot left handed. I am not ambidextrous, in fact I do everything right handed with the exception of writing and using a knife and fork, so I am not completely useless left handed.
Now this is where the luck comes in, first the good luck he turned to his right, giving a clear shot to the boiler room, now the bad luck the left hand shot would have to be off hand, oooer! Now more good luck, I swallowed hard took a deep breath, shouldered the rifle, breathed out, held my breath and took the shot. I heard the shot hit home and the stag took off like greased lightening, he was getting shorter and shorter as he made progress then he vanished in the long grass. My pal, who was behind me, stood up to mark the spot, he said I have my bearings, I replied don't move. Another stag had appeared from the left, he was about 250 yards away going very warily indeed, he was not sure what he was seeing, he didn't like it anyway and ran off. We sat tight for 15 minutes and then went to look for him. There he was dropped just where we left sight of him, about 15 yards from where he was shot. It was now 7 O' Clock.
He certainly was in good condition, never had such a healthy looking stag. The rifle was a CZ550 American in 6.5X55 SE, the load was 129 gr Hornady Interlock, lapua brass, CCI LR primer and 45 grains of H4350.
Now for the Sika revenge, we got him back to my garage and were getting ready to put him in the chiller, discussing the plan of attack for this evening and getting the other buck, I should add these buggers are in fact a nuisance and no matter how hard I hit them, there never seems to be a shortage of them. Anyway about now I started a reverse totter on my dodgy pins and did not stop until I landed flat on my back on the concrete garage floor. I had every bit of wind knocked out of me, I rolled over onto my side and there was the stags head, I swear the bugger was grinning at me. I can now hardly move, my wife had to dry me off this morning after my shower and then help me get dressed. Bloody stalking! I won't be fit to go again until the weekend, but the stags are in a silly mood and seem to like curry and geese.
Great story JAYB!! and nice sika too.
Please share some more of your hunting stories and photos from your next hunt.
Great story, and a fine stag to boot!
Think me not unkind and rude,
That I walk alone through grove and glen.
I go to seek the God of the wood,
And fetch His word to men.
Great looking stag and a a great story (even though I found myself clueless as to what a few things meant), are they always that dark colored? Looks really cool.
Hoot, Here in Texas, we have some imported sika deer, and all of the ones I have seen, are dark/chocolate colored. I'm not sure if other colors exist though.
great story jayb IM off next weekend on my annual trip to stalk a few stags. I cant wait for the weekend except for the long plane ride which cripples me every time
let me know where you are struggleing and I will translate. The stags are all dark like that especially this time of year, winter coat coming through, or in his case there and looking good. The hinds in the summer have a light coat with a white spotted dappled back ubt, their winter pelage is a sort of grey colour.
I *think* I have it straight now. "Hinds" = females and "pins" = feet/legs Right?
I love how dark they are, that photo is great Lan-Lord. Makes me want to take a trip to whack one.
Beautiful stag, congrats
I've got one from Texas on my wall.
"Had God not intended for humans to hunt, he would not have made animals out of meat."
"The true Hunter counts his achievement in proportion to the effort involved and the fairness of the sport." Saxton Pope
you are right the hinds, females, do not come into season for a few weeks yet that is why we left them, and my dodgy pins, legs, all stem from what my Dr referred to as unfair wear and tear on my spine, plus a little surgery that was necessary to get pressure off my spinal cord. However it left the cord scarred a bit so consequently I break into a bit of disco dancing when I should be walking a straight line, not ideal but it could be a whole lot worse and mean I couldn't hunt and I am not signing up to that deal.
DEERSLAM, I am not a great one for putting things on the wall, I am all for putting them in the freezer, but I have boiled the head of this one he may make it onto my study wall yet.
Nice looking Stag. I bet he tasts great!
that is a different looking animal, congrats
BORN TO HUNT
I have been wanting to hunt one of these guys for a long time. I did manage to snag a skull of ebay which will have to hol me over until I can get my own.
JAYB please post a photo of the skull you boiled out.
Here is mine.
MULIES4EVER, sorry for not getting back to you sooner, could make excuses but I'm not going to, my fault and that is it.
That head that you have there would appear to be a Manchurian Sika, these are set apart from the Japanese Sika by their antler configuration. As you can see the one that you have there is a much wider spread and more imposing set of antlers, the hall mark of Manchurians. The one I have here is much narrower in the spread of antlers, as you can see. It is also only about 18 inches in height, this seems to be about average for the Sika I have close to me.
I shall start on them again in the next few weeks, I shall see if there are any better heads, but I doubt it very much, the current batch of stags are all heavy bodied but not overly gifted in the antler department. I would suggest that the dominant stags for a good few years have all been heavy bodied but just average antler size. I bet it all stems from some stocky bruiser sorting out the pretty boy some time ago and since then his offspring has ruled the roost. I shall try and get some more photo's over the coming rut.