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sika tips for a clumsy south island hunter
Aug 16th, 2019 at 2:38pm
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I'm coming up and having another crack at my first sika next weekend, probably going to go up clements rd again. Give us your best sika hunting tips for a rookie  Grin  I'm guessing it'll be tough going with the deer not moving much and further up the hill where they'll catch the most sun? Will the stags still have antlers?
  
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Reply #1 - Aug 16th, 2019 at 4:49pm
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Stags should still have antlers. I'd be inclined to head uphill till you start hitting broadleaf then sidle. There's plenty of deer in there, but you need to move very slowly. I have often found them mooching around in the day feeding. Moving slowly gives you a much better chance of getting onto them first. Also make sure you look all around you before you move off. Sika are in higher densities than reds so you don't have to move as far to find them. Good luck.
  

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Reply #2 - Aug 16th, 2019 at 5:34pm
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Good luck to you.
They’ll be all about staying warm at the moment.
Not hard to find them around clements, but finding them before they find you is the hard part.
  
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Reply #3 - Aug 16th, 2019 at 5:40pm
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#take Les Grin Grin
#slow down till you are going too slow
#slow down some more
#scope set on lowest power posible
#dont muck around if you see and ID it as a deer shoot the plurry thing.
#leave the vibrame soled boots in wagon,wear something softer...gummies are great,touch rugby shoe/boots good.
#sit and look often.
#slow down.
  
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Reply #4 - Aug 16th, 2019 at 6:35pm
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How big are your feet? The smaller the better when stalking Sika! Smiley
  
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Re: sika tips for a clumsy south island hunter
Reply #5 - Aug 17th, 2019 at 8:13am
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meathunter72 wrote on Aug 16th, 2019 at 4:49pm:
Stags should still have antlers. I'd be inclined to head uphill till you start hitting broadleaf then sidle. There's plenty of deer in there, but you need to move very slowly. I have often found them mooching around in the day feeding. Moving slowly gives you a much better chance of getting onto them first. Also make sure you look all around you before you move off. Sika are in higher densities than reds so you don't have to move as far to find them. Good luck.


Cool that's good to know about the densities, that's something I struggle with mentally when bush stalking.. What are the chances of a deer even being in the next few hundred meters.. then I end up moving faster deciding that spooking one with a small chance at a shot would be better than nothing  Grin
  
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Maddoghunter wrote on Aug 16th, 2019 at 5:34pm:
Good luck to you.
They’ll be all about staying warm at the moment.
Not hard to find them around clements, but finding them before they find you is the hard part.


Yeah I found that out last time, hearing them squeal as they run off is exciting but i'd like to actually see one this time  Grin
  
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Reply #7 - Aug 17th, 2019 at 8:17am
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Micky Duck wrote on Aug 16th, 2019 at 5:40pm:
#take Les Grin Grin
#slow down till you are going too slow
#slow down some more
#scope set on lowest power posible
#dont muck around if you see and ID it as a deer shoot the plurry thing.
#leave the vibrame soled boots in wagon,wear something softer...gummies are great,touch rugby shoe/boots good.
#sit and look often.
#slow down.


He gave me a call a couple weeks ago and I picked his brains, I'll take some sneakers for sneaking around in this time  Grin
  
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Reply #8 - Aug 17th, 2019 at 8:37am
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Huntsouth wrote on Aug 16th, 2019 at 6:35pm:
How big are your feet? The smaller the better when stalking Sika! Smiley


size 11.. might need to tag along behind my partner she's got size 5 feet  Grin
  
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Reply #9 - Aug 17th, 2019 at 8:43am
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Wear 2 pairs of socks or bare feet
  
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Re: sika tips for a clumsy south island hunter
Reply #10 - Aug 17th, 2019 at 2:56pm
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Maddoghunter wrote on Aug 17th, 2019 at 8:43am:
Wear 2 pairs of socks or bare feet

That's what I did for best success once I got into the zone -  boots off and into the pikau and advanced in socked feet - that's ok providing underfoot is not too steep, muddy/wet. My feet were far too soft to go bare-foot lol.
As said above - find the feed-zone (sunny, sheltered, dry spots 1/2 to 2/3 of the way up with broadleaf), and slow right down, then slow down some more. With the cold weather front going through this weekend, that would be my target area.
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Reply #11 - Aug 17th, 2019 at 3:17pm
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Don't be afraid to wait or sit over an area that looks good. Sitting down for ten or twenty mins might seem like forever, but when a deers life is on the line that ten or twenty mins is nothing to them.

When you start moving again go back to the same slow pace

  
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Reply #12 - Aug 18th, 2019 at 5:47pm
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What Micky Duck said Wink
  
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Reply #13 - Aug 19th, 2019 at 9:35am
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I've bought some dive booties. Do you guys carry binos?
  
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Re: sika tips for a clumsy south island hunter
Reply #14 - Aug 19th, 2019 at 10:05am
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Keep a real close eye on wind direction, even if not perceptible.  Wasting your time if the wind is going the same way you are.  The white tails stand out - look for those.  Enjoy.
  
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