I was out yesterday sitting in a high seat for sika. I was getting cold and about to call quits while scanning the ground below me with the binos when I heard a noise to my left. I turned round to see a wee sika stag (they are in season here) running about on the frozen snow and looking very nervous. However, he wasn't looking at me and I don't know what he was watching or what had bugged him. To my 11 o'clock position was a single pine tree at about 40 yards and when he settled down he calmly walked behind this tree. I took advantage of him being out of sight to get the rifle up ready for the shot as he walked out from behind the tree and... he never reappeared.
The tree stands all on its own and he was only a few yards behind it when he vanished so I can only conclude that he must have climbed the tree, that I could see he didn't go anywhere else. Has anyone else had sika climb trees in order to escape?