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    Bush Stalking Winter Sika

    This report was written by "TargetSikaStags" about our mid winter mission. I thought he was going to post the report on here, but he's shot off over seas so it hasn't happened yet. (So when it says "I" its actually ben not me)

    Well during the roar I did a heap of trips into a lot of new areas, I got onto quite a few animals but had no sightings of any big stags. So last week me and a mate Nick M. decided to head to my favourite fly camp for 5 nights.

    The goal was to secure some meat then look for that big stag. The walk in took us 3 hours, as we entered the bush we spotted a small stag who was too quick but a great start to the trip. As we came one of my camps there was already a solo hunter who had just arrived a few hours before us.. bugger. Unfortunately he had similar hunting plans too us over the next couple of days. So we had to go to an area I haven't spent much time in, the result was only a couple of animals spooked one being a stag. As we rolled into camp around lunchtime the hunter had some success shooting two spikers, so that was awesome as he had covered hardly any ground and was keen to head home. We packed up camp and headed to another fly camp, we saw a couple of deer on the way and spooked heaps.

    The next day we split up and were hunting areas I have spent a lot of time in. We both got onto plenty of animals, and back at camp we were starting to get worried, we both had animals in our scopes but needed that's extra second.

    The next day we decided to move camps again. What a day this turned out to be, what normally takes 2 hours to reach my next fly camp took as all day. We just kept running into deer, We saw 13 with Nick nailing a spiker.



    We got onto a group of animals squealing there heads off, I was able to sneak into the middle of them which was bloody exciting and nail a hind at 30m.


    We got to camp just as it was getting dark, the pressure was off now, today was the complete opposite of yesterday with all the deer giving us plenty of time to shoot.

    The next morning we both agreed on only shooting stags now, so cameras were sent to the front pockets our jackets
    Only 200m from camp I ran into the first deer of the day a spiker, I was able to get some cool photos and a bit of video footage.









    Today turned out to be a cracker with both of us getting photos of animals and plenty more which wouldn't hang around longer enough while I tried to find them in the camera. Nick managed to shoot a 6 point stag.





    Nick also managed to get some photos of the same stag before he shot it and also a photo of last years fawn.





    After an intense hour of stalking in thick guts which had sign or through them I was rewarded with getting a photo of a hind.



    We hunted the next day with plenty of animals seen and left and run into some more walking out. We saw a good mixture of animals, including a monster stag which I spooked at 20m, he was the biggest I've seen since the first stag I saw 8 years ago. Nearly all the animals were grouped together with some groups being 5+. 95% of animals seen were either standing in the sun or only metres away from the sun.

    This was my last trip before I head to London for a couple years so was a great last hunt. We counted 46 animals for the trip with many more spooked, we thought about staying a little bit longer to crack 50. But the thought of a nice warm bed was enough to leave.

    Footage of spiker:

    Winter Sika #2 - YouTube

    Winter Sika #3 - YouTube

    Nick also got some footage of last years fawn:

    Winter sika - YouTube

    Cast antler


    Cheers Ben
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    Great pictures
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    46 Deer is an awesome trip!

    Rushy, we need to go on a sika hunt
    Yeah nah bro

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    Quote Originally Posted by phillipgr View Post
    46 Deer is an awesome trip!

    Rushy, we need to go on a sika hunt
    Lets do it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by phillipgr View Post
    46 Deer is an awesome trip!

    Rushy, we need to go on a sika hunt
    I am up for it Phillip. We can hatch a plan on the trip down to Gibo
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    mint, great footage. Still can't believe the numbers you saw! bloody brilliant

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    You guys need some teneighty up there!

    Jokes aside sounds like an awesome trip .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rushy View Post
    I am up for it Phillip. We can hatch a plan on the trip down to Gibo
    Done and done

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    Yeah nah bro

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    Quote Originally Posted by phillipgr View Post
    Done and done

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    Didn't get my invite. Try again. Jokes..

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    Cheers guys, yea it was the best trip I have been on in terms of numbers but in saying that it was between two of us over 6 days.

    Quote Originally Posted by PerazziSC3 View Post
    mint, great footage. Still can't believe the numbers you saw! bloody brilliant

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rusky View Post
    Didn't get my invite. Try again. Jokes..
    Rusky, we are not deliberately excluding you. If you want to go for a hunt then let's meet up and plan something.
    It takes 43 muscle's to frown and 17 to smile, but only 3 for proper trigger pull.
    What more do we need? If we are above ground and breathing the rest is up to us!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rushy View Post
    Rusky, we are not deliberately excluding you. If you want to go for a hunt then let's meet up and plan something.
    Yep come along!

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    Yeah nah bro

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    Awsome trip report
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    Quote Originally Posted by phillipgr View Post
    Yep come along!

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    PM sent to the old bugger (Rushy).

    Nick.M, are you Jeremys brother per chance?

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    I know someone that knows Sika

 

 

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