I've killed a few sika hinds, they were fine. A friend killed a rutting sika stag. He doesn't eat liver, and offered it to me, in a sealed baggy. When I got home and opened the baggy, I instantly resealed it and tossed it!
Being of a similar species, Are rutting red stags similar? Having only killed hinds, I've wondered.
Yes, in a nutshell. They're certainly not worth shooting for the meat, I've heard. Never having shot a rutting stag myself, I'm only going by what I've been told though. I imagine being flooded with testosterone would do the meat no favours at all