Where to hunt Manchurian Sika Deer
Sika, or spotted deer, or “flower deer” as it is known in some part of its historic distribution in the Asian Pacific, is a beautiful animal that has been introduced into many countries of the world. You can see many sika deer hunts on BookYourHunt.com, but most are for introduced animals. The only option to legally hunt a true wild sika deer in its original range is a Manchurian sika deer hunt in Russia, in Primorski Krai.
Manchurian sika deer hunts in Primorye area of Russia are usually priced in the $4,500-5,500, depending on the timing and duration of the hunt, of which about $2,800 is the trophy fee. Additional trophies such as Chinese roe deer, Manchurian wapiti, Amur brown bear may be available for only the shooting fee (check with the outfitter for license availability), and a combination hunt may prove a better value considering that travel expenses make the lion’s share of the hunt’s budget.
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Primorski Krai, or Primorye, the original home range of the sika deer, is a unique area on the Pacific coast of Russia, where Siberian Tiger, Amur Leopard and Himalayan bears coexist with Brown Bear, Manchurian Wapiti, Chinese Roe Deer and other species and plants usually associated with moderate climates. Here are seven reasons to explore this wonderful land – sika deer being one of them.9 Nov 2017 Do Tigers Call Deer? 7 Facts a Hunter Must Know About Primorye.
When to hunt Manchurian Sika Deer?
There are three deer hunting seasons in the Primorski Krai. Any sex season runs from November to January of the next year. Trophy bull only season is open in September. There's also a special summer season in June and July for bulls with antlers in the velvet stage. The Manchurian sika deer rut normally peaks in late September or early October. However, most outfitters recommend to schedule a hunt in Primorye for early September, with better chances for all of the five major big-game animals hunted in the area.
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Sika deer are highly adaptable, and developed their own set of predation avoidance techniques that may puzzle a hunter who’s used to hunting other deer. For instance, sika deer may hide in a scenario when other deer will flee, and vice versa. Trophy hunters usually prefer to hunt the Manchurian sika deer during the rut. The hunt is a typical combination of calling and stalking. Mule deer hunters familiar with the technique of hunting the scrapes will find themselves at home, although the ‘scrapes’ the case of Manchurian sika deer are known as “breeding pits”. A hunt during the velvet stage season typically happens from a stand over a salt lick
Why hunt Manchurian Sika Deer?
Manchurian sika deer is a smallish, but beautiful animal, and even the adults’ skins feature white spots. The bucks carry thick, branched antlers, that neither crown like with red deer nor palmate like with fallow deer. All points grow from the same stem, there are typically four points on each side, rarely five, and almost never six. Manchurian sika deer antlers in velvet stage are highly prized by traditional Chinese medicine (and do contain some substances that actually have medical effect), which at one point nearly led to the species’ extinction. Fortunately, deer farming appeared as an alternative source. Sika deer hunting provides delicious and healthy venison, an unusual and beautiful trophy - along with Chinese roe deer, it’s one of the rarest trophies in modern record books - a challenging hunting experience, and an opportunity to visit some of the most amazing environments on this planet.
Manchurian Wapiti hunting Russia
The Manchurian wapiti is reddish brown during summer, and brownish gray in winter. It has dark hairs on the neck and dark underparts, followed by a light-colored rump patch. It is smaller than North American elk (Cervus canadensis canadensis) with smaller and stouter antlers. Male deer are wapiti-like with a neck mane, and as mentioned, relatively small wapiti-like antlers. Female deer are more red deer-like and lack neck manes. This deer is the most red deer-like of the wapiti, being adapted to mixed deciduous forest environments in Manchuria, Yakutia, Northern China and North Korea. Like many red deer, adult deer may have some visible spots in their summer coats. Cows weigh 140 to 180 kilograms (310 to 400 lb) and bulls weigh 170 to 250 kilograms (370 to 550 lb).
Trip duration: 7 - 8 days
Hunting season: 1 Sep 2020 10 Oct 2020
Manchurian Sika deer hunting Russia
The Manchurian sika deer was formerly found in Manchuria (northeastern China), Korea, and the Russian Far East. Today it is likely to be extinct in China and Korea, but about 9,000 individuals still live in the sparsely populated areas of Primorsky Krai in Russia. Body length is 155 cm (61 in), and the tail is up to 20 cm (7.9 in) long. The height at the withers is 75–110 cm (30–43 in). Females weigh up to 80–90 kg (180–200 lb) and bulls up to 110–160 kg (240–350 lb).
Trip duration: 7 - 8 days
Hunting season: 1 Sep 2019 15 Jan 2020
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