Yesterday I made perhaps my last stalking trip of the season to a piece of forestry that I rent. It mainly holds Sika but has some vagrant Reds and a small Roe population. A huge amount of replanting and felling has ment no shooting has been possible for two years with the result that the forest manager has been shocked at the level of browsing damage done last spring. I managed to get a start the second week of November but with all the historic disturbance the Sika were even more inclined to nocturnal habits than is usual for them. I have had a bit of success though through sheer time on the ground and have enjoyed the challange immensly. At seven am I lay between one of the re-stock sites and the forest road and as it became light I saw two Sika move through the brash heaps towards me. A hind and calf I thought and was lucky enough to get them both. I gralloched the hind first and noted the fine condition she was in plus she had a foetus the size of a rabbit in the womb. When I gralloched the calf- surprize- she too had a foetus. This time about the size of a weasel. I had to do a quick reappraisal of her age. Was I misteaken and was she just a small yearling? I see she had the small ,compact face and head of a calf. She is about half the size of the hind and her lower first molar is just through. She is a calf. Some thoughts- I know Sika have a longer breeding season than Reds and dont just come into season once. I have heard whistles in November and seen Stags following hinds then. I think the calf is only about two and a half months pregnant which would make the service end November. She would then calve down herself late summer and would have a very small calf going into the winter. This would have a knock -on effect on subsequent fertility and breeding seasons. All theory I know but quite interesting-no? I am the first to admit that before this year I finished my Sika Hind cull on my own property always before new year so maybe this is not so rare. Has anyone else seen this?