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    Sika question - What would you do?

    Ok, you may have seen on a couple of my threads that due to either deliberate release (which I've been told happened) or escapees we have around 20 Sika very close to my shooting permissions. I was wondering if/when they would roam the 1/2 - 3/4 of a mile onto my ground and according to a fella who works there it seems they have arrived!

    9 were seen leaving the 40 acres where I have placed a trailcam due to the munty tracks (in the munty highway thread) and crossed the road over onto the other 1000 acres I shoot. After talking to the chap who saw them he thought there were 8 hinds and one younger stag who only had smallish spikes. This would tally up with a group I have seen before about 2 miles away.

    Here comes the dilemma and question.

    I have permission to shoot anything I like in the smaller fields , but not the 1000 acres which is Muntjac only. If it were you and the opportunity arose would you shoot any of the Sika?

    Again I'll reiterate that I am under no pressure to shoot anything it is purely recreational, other than a few people connected to the land are after some venison, including the fella who spotted them!!

    I can't quite decide what I'd do yet and am too inexperienced to know what would be for the best, with the Sika being non native and released/escaped animals!

    Your thoughts please,

    Stratts
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    Sika have been around the p borough area for a long time released when lady wrothchild disbanded her park .a couple of my friends shot sika there and indeed I remember hearing them whistle in the night whilst another mate of mine and I were lamping rabbits on the estate .should you decide to take an animal I doubt you would be wiping them out red have also been seen in the area there was Pierre David's in the park but to my knowledge none were ever released .
    regards
    norma

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    I've found that a trail of chocolate covered popcorn at a rate of about a small handful every 7.623 metres works rather well.

    Fattens them up as well!
    "Nonsense! They couldn't hit an elephant at this dista.....................".

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    The Muntjac are non-native too so that should not conflict with your operations.
    If you have permission to shoot deer in general and not Muntjac in particular on those areas I am sure your hosts would be grateful for a Sika carcase.

    HWH.

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    Me personally I'd leave the sika alone till next year unless the landowner is complaining , that way they have a wee chance to get established and aren't being clobbered on your permission , if next year you decide to take a beast or two you will be in a more informed position to do so
    There are no perfect men in this world ..... Only perfect intentions

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    Stratts

    I have probably same Sika you are referring to on my permission and I choose to leave them alone. So few of them and only normally see hinds at night.

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    Sika are very hard on trees, and will barkstrip conifers long after other deer have left them alone. I think you should have a management plan under consideration from day one as the effort required to take one sika can be measured in days rather than hours. They are unpredictable and very fast learners.

    Ion

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    Shoot them all! They shouldn't be there in the first instance. If Sika become established, they are a nightmare to manage effectively.
    Get rid of them now whilst you still have the chance - all of them!
    MS

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    Quote Originally Posted by Monkey Spanker View Post
    Shoot them all! They shouldn't be there in the first instance. If Sika become established, they are a nightmare to manage effectively.
    Get rid of them now whilst you still have the chance - all of them!
    MS
    +1
    Shoot what you can!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Monkey Spanker View Post
    Shoot them all! They shouldn't be there in the first instance. If Sika become established, they are a nightmare to manage effectively.
    Get rid of them now whilst you still have the chance - all of them!
    MS
    This man is talking sense. Get them on the deck.

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