Sika Deer are smaller than, but very closely related to Red Deer. The original animals were thought to be introduced to Britain in the 19th Century and originate from Japan Manchuria and Formosa. Most of the UK’s population are derived from either escapees or deliberate releases. The exact origin of Britains’s Sika is unknown but most are thought to be the Japanese subspecies. We arrange hunting for both the Japanese and Formosan Sika deer. They will hybridise with red deer and Sika are blamed for destroying the Red deer populations in Ireland and certain parts of Scotland.
Wild Sika populations are widely scattered in England with the two main locations for large and healthy Sika Deer are Dorset and the New Forest and Cumbria/Lancashire. We conduct all of our hunting for Wild Sika in Dorset at a location know for securing some of the largest in the country. Like Red Deer Sika stags and hinds differ widely in size and the Sika from Dorset’s lowlands are much larger than those in the upland forests of Scotland.