Sika Deer (Cervus nippon)



These Asian imports have become the jewel in Britain’s stalking crown, so highly are they sought after as trophies. Combine this with a predilection for after dark living, eerie vocalisations and wallflower tendencies, and you have stalker’s catnip.One eminent deer expert has been heard to say that sika are easily recognisable: they look at you as if you owe them money.

First introduced to Britain’s deerparks with at least three other sika species, Japanese sika are the only escapees to have survived immigration and naturalisation. There is some speculation that all of England and Scotland’s sika population are descended from one stag and three hinds introduced to Viscount Powerscourt’s estate in Enniskerry, Ireland.

Fans of the coniferous forests and acid heathland, sika are notoriously secretive: you’re more likely to hear sika vocalisations than see their source. Their vocabulary includes raspberry blowing, groaning, yakking and, when in rut, the infamous whistle or scream. It echoes across the autumn night landscape, raising the hairs on your neck. Nighttime habits make stalking sika a challenge: identifying the money-owed look in a half-lit silhouette is a challenge that demands persistence and patience of the stalker even as the haunted house soundtrack has you quaking in your wellies. Book Now

Fact File

Outside Days offers both cull and trophy stalking for sika deer in Scotland


England and Wales

Stags 1st August – 30th April
Hinds 1st November – 31st March


Stags 1st July – 20th October
Hinds 21st October – 15th February


Stalking sika deer is undertaken mainly on foot. Real tree camouflage is totally unsuitable for stalking on the open hill, but would be useful if woodland stalking. Upon booking your stalking we will provide full details of suitable attire.
Footwear dependant on time of year and location, but good strong boots or wellingtons, ideally one which you can feel the ground beneath your feet with.
A pair of binoculars is always useful when stalking.

Rifle and Ammunition

Minimum legal calibre in England is 0.240 developing a muzzle velocity of 1700 FPS
The legal requirement for Scotland is that the bullet must weigh at least 100 grains, have muzzle velocity of 2450 fps or higher and a min muzzle energy of 1750 foot pounds.

Group Size

All stalking is sold on a one to one basis unless otherwise requested


Travelling to the UK from within the EU needs no visa
Travel from outside the EU may require a visa at the port of entry
You will need a licence to bring a gun into the UK and Outside Days can arrange visitor’s permits for you or provide rental guns on your arrival.




We require all our guests to have third party insurance, this can be obtained by membership to any of the British sporting organisations.


It is standard practice to tip the stalker at the end of a day’s stalking. £20 is considered average but we believe the tip should also reflect how well you believe you have been looked after.


GBP sterling



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