Sika are round Eskdalemuir. A large stag was shot a good few years ago by Ronnie Rose. That was the very first to be shot there. It was during the rut so presumably hinds weren’t far away. I saw another stag in a valley below Ettrick Pen, one of the Shotton foresters saw some too. This was all twenty years or so ago but if they were there then they will be there now.
Interesting thread. Indeed Hinds were not far away and brings back memories from the late 80's stalking below Ettrick when working for Ronnie Rose. I saw a hind and calf there so shot the calf and it was the first Ronnie Rose and his team had seen in the area. Probably 1989 ish.