Page 1 of 4 123 ... LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 31

Thread: An epic wet week on the Stags

  1. #1

    An epic wet week on the Stags

    The big drive north started last Friday, a 631 mile haul up to Sutherland. Car loaded with guns, dog, more kit than you could jump over. 5 couples made the journey and most made it that Friday. In the last 8 miles up the forestry track, when the phone loses signal and stops pinging at me, I can feel myself starting to relax and thoughts of work get replaced by thinking of the week ahead. The unwind never takes long.

    Kit was prepared on saturday morning, a spot of lunch with the ladies at a very nice restaurant called Peets in Lochinver, and back at 1630. I thought I would pop up the hill and watch the wood with a couple of the guys for Sika and we got into a good spying position by 1730. The calling started at about 1800 but nothing was about our side of the glen. At around 1830 we saw a stag crossing a clearing on the other side of the river so two of us got our feet wet and got ourselves into a good position at the edge of the clearing with back to a tree at about 1900.

    Three screams on the caller and within 30 seconds two stags came charging in together, a 6 pointer leading the way followed by an old 8 pointer 20 yards behind. Odd. I have often seen an older stag with a young "attendant" but never one that big, and never the main aggressor. Anyway, I stopped the younger one at about 20 meters by flicking the safety catch off and dropped him with a neck shot. The old boy exited stage left and at about 60 meters I made the Sika hind "Meee" noise and he stopped in his tracks and turned broadside. A quite extraordinary right and left Sika Stag within about 10 seconds.

    Shaking like a leaf I had to take a moment, my mate sitting behind me babbling like an excited 5 year old as he had never seen a Sika come into the call before let alone two of them. What an experience. Then came the issue of extraction. I hadn't banked on two of them. By the time I had gralloched the pair it was almost dark so we decided to hang them from a tree for the night and come back in the morning. It was tough enough to get ourselves back through the river and back up the hill in one piece without trying to drag two stags behind us.

    Sunday morning we extracted the pair by coming in from the other direction with the argo. Neither had been touched so the plan worked. Back at the larder and the 6 pointer weighed in at 120 Lb's, the old boy at 105 Lbs. The largest I had shot there before was an 8 pointer 2 years ago at 110 Lbs so the 6 pointer was a big boy. I have never seen so much fat on a beast, something that also played out with the reds we shot later in the week.

    The rest of Sunday was spent zeroing guns and pinging hardox gongs out to 300 meters just to make sure we were all on form. A great fun afternoon with everyone learning something about their rifle, holdover and wind.

    Did I mention wind? And rain? More about that in the next instalment.
    So much to learn and so little time left

  2. #2
    A great read, thank you. I've never managed to call one before. I'm hoping to hunt one in the next couple of weeks!

  3. #3
    Calling Sika is to me one of the most exciting experiences we have in the UK. I have had to stop them at 15 meters in the past and when they're charging in at you it certainly gets the adrenaline going. Definitely one for your bucket list. It's not a substitute for a good day on the hill, completely different and often over and done with in a few minutes, but it's an amazing few minutes.

    The estate is being pushed by SNH to fence the woodland off next summer as it is stunning but being destroyed by too many Sika, they have been for a few years. As a result the instructions were to remove as many Sika as we could. If it wasn't for that I would have just shot the old boy.
    So much to learn and so little time left

  4. #4
    Very envious Nigel well done fantastic result looking for to next installment

  5. #5
    Quote Originally Posted by NigelM View Post
    Calling Sika is to me one of the most exciting experiences we have in the UK. I have had to stop them at 15 meters in the past and when they're charging in at you it certainly gets the adrenaline going. Definitely one for your bucket list. It's not a substitute for a good day on the hill, completely different and often over and done with in a few minutes, but it's an amazing few minutes.

    The estate is being pushed by SNH to fence the woodland off next summer as it is stunning but being destroyed by too many Sika, they have been for a few years. As a result the instructions were to remove as many Sika as we could. If it wasn't for that I would have just shot the old boy.
    Yes, they're certainly one of the best deer to stalk! The handful I've shot have been close in woodland. Bumped into a stag at 15m last year. I've tried calling them with my primos jackrabbit call to no avail - I stalk them rarely so will keep trying.

    I love seeing sika so close by at the roadside. They just never seem perturbed by the car.

    Imooking forward to your next installment!
    Last edited by takbok; 07-10-2018 at 21:05.

  6. #6
    I use a Sceery call. Got it from either Bushwear or Gregor, can't remember which. It's called in a dozen or so over the years so it's pretty effective.

    Didn't realise you had many in the Aberdeen area, or are you stalking elsewhere?
    So much to learn and so little time left

  7. #7
    Quote Originally Posted by NigelM View Post
    I use a Sceery call. Got it from either Bushwear or Gregor, can't remember which. It's called in a dozen or so over the years so it's pretty effective.

    Didn't realise you had many in the Aberdeen area, or are you stalking elsewhere?
    Yes, maybe I should spend a bit more and get the Sceery! No, I stalk Sika near Inverness. There are reports of them moving into Aberdeenshire though

  8. #8
    I have shot quite a few around Rosehall over the years, the Rosehall estate being the centre they escaped from many years ago. The whole North Ross DMG is full of them. I would think the ones making their way to Aberdeen are the ones from the east side of Loch Ness. I don't think they have got as far south as Aberfeldy yet and I've not heard of any east of the A9 but I'm sure they will be spreading.
    So much to learn and so little time left

  9. #9
    Sounds good. Any images?
    Regards Dan

  10. #10
    Quote Originally Posted by danban View Post
    Sounds good. Any images?
    Regards Dan
    Not sure I have many, but some of the rest of the party took lots. I will get them in the next few days. Meanwhile, here's one from last year...

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	IMG_0993.jpg 
Views:	167 
Size:	594.7 KB 
ID:	101682
    So much to learn and so little time left

Similar Threads

  1. Wanted Torridon, Stags, 2nd week of October
    By neilh in forum Deer Stalking Opportunities
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 08-09-2018, 06:16
  2. Available Red and sika stags plus hinds on SD week
    By sikamalc in forum Deer Stalking Opportunities
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 24-04-2016, 09:43
  3. Available week at the stags at Marr Lodge
    By mark-joppa in forum Deer Stalking Opportunities
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 04-10-2015, 21:13
  4. Available A Week on Red and Sika Stags
    By David Brown in forum Deer Stalking Opportunities
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 06-06-2015, 16:51
  5. Available 2 FOR 1 on Red Stags next week only
    By Buckbones in forum Training Courses and Materials
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 29-08-2012, 21:23

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •