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Thread: Spread of Sika in the West Country

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    Spread of Sika in the West Country

    This may be of interest to you lads that shoot reds in the West Country. I have it on good authority that a Sika stag was shot on Dartmoor last week, a bit worrying as the population of reds is not massive so certainly dont want any hybridisation.
    Any one else seen or heard of them this far west.

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    Nope, and i really hope your friend has got it wrong, but its possible, the furthest west that i know of is Sidmouth, and a stalker i know quickly sorted it out.
    I have permissions around Moretonhampstead and i never seen one yet in alost 20 years in that area.
    Cheers
    Richard

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    Seen and heard of them down as far as Honiton. They are nearly all I shoot in my part of Dorset, on the the main permission there must be between 100 to 150 of them this year.

    Matt

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    I know they have been heard and seen around Holden Forest but only the odd animal , you would have thought someone would have seen or heard them between there and the moors.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tony View Post
    I know they have been heard and seen around Holden Forest but only the odd animal , you would have thought someone would have seen or heard them between there and the moors.
    It's not a big step from Honiton to Haldon Hill, or from Haldon to the northeastern Dartmoor fringes via the Teign Valley - virtually continous cover as well - a wandering singleton could possibly have made it without being spotted elsewhere.
    Last edited by Orion; 18-11-2011 at 17:35.

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