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Old 05-29-2018, 04:34 PM   #1
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Are these Sika deer? Looks like there are different types, any idea what kind these are? When do Sika generally drop their antlers, and when are they hard-horned? Any good to eat?

This is Hill Country, low-fence, Edwards County.

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Old 05-29-2018, 04:42 PM   #2
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Definitely looks like sika to me. I've had it twice, both times from a buddy that shot them. My guess is they will probably be hard horned in August?

First time I had it, my buddy didn't get the hide of until 2 days later after letting it hang and it tasted like it smelled, like a rutting bull elk. The other time I was with him and we got the hide off within an hour of him shooting it and it tasted pretty good.
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Old 05-29-2018, 04:46 PM   #3
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yes those are sika.

I think they taste great. They have a "richer" taste than a Whitetail.
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Old 05-29-2018, 04:47 PM   #4
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Yes and they are delicious
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Old 05-29-2018, 04:47 PM   #5
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they will be hard horned around the 1st of September. they drop around February.

I shot one this past season and it was delicious. Loved eating that guy. They are smelly animals however I shot him gutted him and he sat in a cooler for a day or two then I picked him up and took him to the processor
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Old 05-29-2018, 05:58 PM   #6
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Yes... as said before, they are very tasty
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Old 05-29-2018, 06:09 PM   #7
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If ever a question, look at their butts, Sika have a white rump patch.
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Old 05-29-2018, 08:38 PM   #8
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Sika for sure, they are very good eating.
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Old 05-29-2018, 09:12 PM   #9
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Lucky . . . Dang fine table fare.
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Old 05-30-2018, 02:50 PM   #10
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To me it taste a little better than axis.
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Old 05-30-2018, 03:05 PM   #11
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Look like Sika and they are phenomenal to eat. I was on a ranch that had over a dozen types of exotics including oryx and axis and they strongly preferred eating the sika over everything else. Bucks can get a little gamey when they are really rutted up.
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Old 05-30-2018, 04:39 PM   #12
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I believe they are related to Elk and Red Stag.
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Old 05-31-2018, 05:10 PM   #13
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Sounds like I need to make some room in the freezer!
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Old 05-31-2018, 05:31 PM   #14
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Yes they are sika. Eats even better than Axis in my opinion. They are more closely related to elk than they are to whitetail. Bucks will be hard horned in late August and drop in February. Mature bucks will typically have 8 points; they rut in October. The bucks/bulls bugle somewhat similar to an elk but it’s one constant high note, usually 3 times. There is a growl towards the end but you have to be semi-close to hear it. Also there summer and winter coats can vary a lot with the summer sometimes being orange and spotted, winter coat is usually dark brown or black and bucks will get a mane.
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Old 05-31-2018, 05:37 PM   #15
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Sika is tasty

I've read they can reach 25 years old, so maybe a rutty 25 year old bull might be pretty rank.
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Old 05-31-2018, 08:01 PM   #16
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I put 2 Sika does in the freezer last week.

BEST "venison" I ever ate!!
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Old 06-12-2018, 08:49 AM   #17
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Is this an axis, or a Sika on the left?

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Old 06-12-2018, 08:51 AM   #18
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Looks like an Axis on the left





Let me know if you get any openings on your place. I want to hunt there too!
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Old 06-12-2018, 09:18 AM   #19
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Old 06-12-2018, 11:22 AM   #20
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Old 06-12-2018, 03:42 PM   #21
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Best venison I've had---it was off a spike shot up near Junction.
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Old 06-12-2018, 03:46 PM   #22
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Axis on the left. Sika in the original post. Looks like a nice place to hunt.
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Old 06-12-2018, 03:53 PM   #23
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Is this an axis, or a Sika on the left?

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Old 06-12-2018, 09:45 PM   #24
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Ate chili meat from sika. Tasted like all of the other venison chili I’ve had.
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Old 06-12-2018, 10:39 PM   #25
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I have always heard how good axis meat is, y’all have me wondering about sika.
Someone said it is “richer”, does that mean more gamey? Best wild meat I have ever had was elk, i wish I could eat it all the time.
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Old 06-12-2018, 10:43 PM   #26
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[QUOTE=outlook8;13425631]Is this an axis, or a Sika on the left?

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Looks to be a fallow, Iíve never seen an axis w a long tail like that. Where about sin rocksprings is your place?
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Old 06-12-2018, 11:00 PM   #27
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100% axis on the left.. looks healthy! The sika in the first pics look fat and delish! I'm also in Edwards and my dad has seen a trophy level sika on our place but it took off before he could get a shot.. it's the only one we've seen in 9 years
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