So over the years I've seen a few sika hinds by the road side and so on. However I've never seen,(at least knowingly) a stag. Now are they totally separate for most of the year and only coming together at rut? Do the stags come to the hinds or vice versa? And at this time of year would the stags be in velvet or do they look a lot like the hinds just now?
just curious because I only ever seem to notice hinds. Driving west coast of Scotland the red stags are very obvious even when cast. And I know sika are more solitary but can't understand why I never see one.
any extra info on these deer would be appreciated. Is there an easy way to tell stags and hinds apart at this time of year or is it obvious like with reds?