Fortunately, the 300,000 Maryland whitetails haven't apparently been impacted by them as the sikas pretty much stick to their preferred wet habitat.
Although Asia is the source of most of our obnoxious invasive plants, it has also given us wonderful pheasants from China and sika deer from Japan.
The little 90-pound sika bucks originally from Japan were released in 1916 by a private landowner on James Island in Maryland.
Sikas are very curious, and unlike many other big-game animals, don't bolt when they see movement.
Yesterday, there had been multiple sika deer stags screaming all around us while waiting through two hours of pre-dawn darkness.
Cody and I sat quietly for 20 minutes before anxiously heading over to claim my first sika stag.
Patience, which is key to successful hunting of any game, seems especially important when hunting sikas.
All sorts of animals anticipate this event and immediately start scavenging the cracked corn, but the sikas are normally the last to arrive -- if they come at all.
are a water-loving, shaggy, pygmy version of an elk, introduced to Assateague Island, Maryland.
But when I opened Muddy Marsh Outfitting, I suddenly had to learn a lot more about managing the sikas on my leasos, and managing how we hunt them.
If you don't have what the sikas are looking for, then you won't hold them for long.
I have not yet enjoyed the opportunity to hunt Maryland sikas
, but speaking at the Traditional Bowhunters of Maryland's annual banquet last year, I heard enough stories and saw enough heads to arouse my interest.