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Sika 01-04-2016 04:09 PM

Gold Medal Sika
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Our deer season has been pretty slow. Too much rain and too much green. I hunted hard in October, not so hard in November, and finally shot a doe at the beginning of December. I had a couple of bucks at home I wanted to shoot (nothing huge) but they just never came out when I was there.

I have been to Buff's Big Oak Bowhunting Ranch 3 or 4 times and I always enjoy the heck out of it. So, I said that all I wanted for Christmas was a chance to whack something at Marty's :D

Marty said he had some nice sika bucks this year but one in particular was really exceptional and that I should plan to get there as soon as possible to hunt him. With it being New Year's weekend, everyone had to rearrange their schedules to accommodate the hunt but we made it happen.

The first afternoon, Marty dropped me off at a big tower stand overlooking a clearing. I saw over 15 animals - about 7 different species - but not a single sika deer. As luck would have it, the buck we were after was seen at a different blind that night so the plan was to hunt that blind in the morning.

The next morning, it was COLD and still. Thank goodness I had my Buddy heater and extra bottles of propane. Marty dropped me off at the Impala blind, which overlooks a steep ravine. I set the Buddy heater to "roast" and got settled in. I wasn't sure just how large this sika buck was but I figured I would know him when I saw him.

The next hour and a half was pretty quiet. Nothing was moving other than squirrels. At about 7:50, I see a deer approaching from my right. Through the trees, I could tell it was either a small red deer or a really nice sika buck. I got ready.

He slowly made his way through the timber, stopping every other step to look around. When he got to the feeder, he noticed that the window on the blind was open and he didn't like it at all. We got in to a stare down that lasted about two minutes. He finally started feeding, but facing me the whole time. I decided to just watch and let him get comfortable. I told myself there was no rush. If I didn't get a shot this time, he would probably be back.

He fed quartering to me for about 10 minutes, occasionally glancing at the blind. I wanted to wait until he was comfortable enough to let his guard down. Finally, he turned and gave me a perfect quartering away shot. I drew my bow and brought my pin straight up the back of his opposite leg.

I was so focused on the exact spot I wanted to hit, I don't even remember squeezing my thumb release. I just remember hearing the 85 grain slick trick slam in to the opposite shoulder and watching him run off with about half of my arrow sticking out - which worried me for a second but I could see blood squirting out with every step, which made me feel better. I didn't see him fall but I was confident that my shot had done the job.

The guys came to pick me up. We checked out the sign, determined it was good lung blood and made the decision to eat breakfast and come back to track the deer with one of our young dogs. After breakfast, we loaded up the puppy and went back to the scene. The blood trail was pretty easy to follow but a great confidence booster for the pup. He went 100 yards straight downhill to the deer.

Now, it's not very often that a buck gets BIGGER when I walk up to him but this dude did! His horns just seemed to get bigger and bigger every time I looked at them. I had guessed him to be between 18 and 20 inches tall on the hoof. Well, his short side was 23" and the longer side was a whopping 26 and 1/2 inches!

Man, I was expecting to shoot a nice deer...I was not expecting to shoot a monster!

He will most likely be in the top 10 bow killed sika deer this year. Just out of curiosity, I checked his jaw bone after Chance Love caped him and his teeth were completely dished out...he was about 7.5 years old.

What a great place and great folks. I am so thankful for such great friends and for the opportunity to hunt and harvest such an awesome animal.

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trophytrout1 01-04-2016 04:15 PM

nice!!! Awesome buck!!

IowaHunter 01-04-2016 04:18 PM

That's great to see the results of the hunt and the smile on your face is even better.

ajm2nac 01-04-2016 04:20 PM

awesome buck!

Shane 01-04-2016 04:20 PM

They need a Platinum Medal category for bucks like that. Congrats!

ace340cs 01-04-2016 04:20 PM

awesome deal !!!!

Stroke 01-04-2016 04:22 PM

Awesome and Congrats! That's on my list of hunts!

pblaetz 01-04-2016 04:25 PM


I've spent a ton of time chasing the smaller version up here in Maryland.
Really cool animals and great eating. That's a stud!

RiverRat00 01-04-2016 04:27 PM

Glad you started the year off with a nice SIKA, Sika. Haha

Cooper 01-04-2016 04:27 PM


Sika 01-04-2016 04:30 PM


Originally Posted by pblaetz (Post 10945639)

I've spent a ton of time chasing the smaller version up here in Maryland.
Really cool animals and great eating. That's a stud!

For many years, I hunted a place between Fredericksburg and Kerrville that had a good population of free ranging sika deer. I enjoyed having them on our lease. So cool to hear them bugle in the Fall.

msubaseball31 01-04-2016 04:35 PM

That's a monster congrats.

Patton 01-04-2016 04:38 PM


Originally Posted by Sika (Post 10945664)
For many years, I hunted a place between Fredericksburg and Kerrville that had a good population of free ranging sika deer. I enjoyed having them on our lease. So cool to hear them bugle in the Fall.

It sure is, they almost sound like elk

Congrats on a great buck

killerbee 01-04-2016 04:48 PM


rbsears 01-04-2016 04:52 PM

Good groceries. Congrats

huntmaster 01-04-2016 05:20 PM

I have never seen a 4x4 sika. thats a giant, congrats

Codie 01-04-2016 05:21 PM

wow - congrats on a giant

Adam G. 01-04-2016 05:46 PM

Awesome sitka

Ellen 01-04-2016 05:58 PM

Good job. Congratulations.

Patton 01-04-2016 06:00 PM


Originally Posted by huntmaster (Post 10945858)
I have never seen a 4x4 sika. thats a giant, congrats

Just curious, what do you normally see? A mature Sika is almost always 4x4, similar to how an axis is 3x3

MDMEADTX 01-04-2016 06:06 PM

Very nice. Congrats.

DoubleGArchery 01-04-2016 07:10 PM


Rich-Kat 01-04-2016 07:31 PM

Congratulations!!! Sweet...

Slick8 01-04-2016 07:33 PM

What a beast, congrats.

Slew 01-04-2016 08:10 PM

Heck yeah!!!

Tx.Fisher 01-04-2016 09:11 PM


Tx.Fisher 01-04-2016 09:12 PM


Duane 01-04-2016 09:18 PM

Very nice, congrats Courtney!

roysmoke 01-04-2016 09:41 PM


wdtorque 01-04-2016 10:20 PM

Congrats. Nice shot too.

buck_wild 01-05-2016 10:57 AM

very nice- I have a sika hunt lined up in a couple weeks myself.

Roscoe 01-05-2016 11:01 AM

The smile says it all. Congrats!

Reedimus 01-05-2016 11:11 AM

Very cool, one of the best sika i have seen! Good shot

DRT 01-05-2016 11:38 AM

Great bull. Very nice.

ItsLeo 01-05-2016 11:55 AM

Congrats that's a superb Sika!

wloftis 01-05-2016 12:04 PM

Awesome Buck, Congrats!

tmkrueger 01-05-2016 12:09 PM

Very nice, Congrats!

GarGuy 01-05-2016 12:10 PM


TXHUNT3R 01-05-2016 12:14 PM

Congrats Courtney!

Jtweezy3 01-05-2016 02:02 PM

Awesome Job!

Tomkat70 01-05-2016 02:04 PM

Great buck, congrats.

ZZ Pops 01-05-2016 02:25 PM

Congratulations, Courtney! Great Sika!

happy bowhunter 01-05-2016 06:29 PM

Awesome Buck,Congrats Court

Hookem84 01-05-2016 07:21 PM

Thanks for the write up and Congratulations again!

JPHunting 01-05-2016 07:26 PM

Top stuff, that's even a nice head in NZ. can't beat hunting sika, I'll be definitely back chasing them again in the near future.

Aggiebow88 01-20-2016 10:25 AM

VERY nice Court!
Beautiful Sika.

txhoghunter73 01-20-2016 10:35 AM

Soooo jelly

I need to measure mine

PorkNation 01-20-2016 04:28 PM


TildenHunter 01-20-2016 05:41 PM

Beautiful sika, congrats and great shot!

Bowhuntinonly 01-22-2016 07:45 AM

Congrats on the nice Sika, that 85 grain sure did a number on him!!!

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