Maryland Hunting Guides for Sea Ducks, Diving Ducks, Puddle Ducks, Canada Geese, & Sika Deer. Spring Snow Geese in Maryland & Delaware, Spring Turkey in Maryland & Pennsylvania.
Join Black Duck Outfitters on truly unique hunting experience for Sika deer in marshes of Maryland. These “Swamp Ghosts” offer a tremendous challenge for even the most veteran of hunters. Black Duck offers top quality archery and gun hunts for Sika on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. We hunt pre-scouted travel corridors and bait stations on some of the top quality areas in Maryland for Sika Deer. Our guides will do their best to you on one of the most elusive and smartest creatures you will ever hunt!
What Makes Sikas Different?
Sika deer are actually more closely related to the elk than they are to white-tailed deer; thus, their appearance, traits, and general behavior differ somewhat. They are smaller than whitetails, with adult males, called stags, typically weighing about 90 pounds and adult females, or hinds, weighing roughly 70 pounds. Coat color ranges from chestnut brown during winter to reddish-olive during summer. Sikas keep their white spots as adults, which are most visible during the summer months, and tend to have proportionally shorter snouts and smaller ears. Unlike white-tailed deer that raise their tails like a flag when alarmed, they have a white rump patch that flares outwards. Sikas are also one of the most vocal members of the deer family with at least five distinct calls. During the fall and early winter breeding season, stags can be heard bugling, best described as a multi-pitched, extended wail. Hinds use soft bleats and whistles to communicate with other females and offspring, and their alarm call is a short, high-pitched bark. Like whitetails, only the males have antlers; however, they are more narrow and erect and resemble miniature elk antlers in form. Stags rarely have more than three points per antler; typically spikes as yearlings, which develop into four or five points as two year olds, and finally six points at three years. Trophy-class antlers are about 13 to 15 inches in length and are shed between February and April of each year. While sika deer generally reach sexual maturity at about 16 months and breed during their second year, research has shown that approximately 25 percent of the hinds in Maryland actually bred during their first year of life. The season begins around late September, and the gestation period lasts approximately 30 weeks, with most calves born in May. However evidence based on hunter check station age data suggests that the breeding season may actually span significantly more than several months in length. And unlike white-tailed deer that commonly give birth to twins or even triplets, hinds almost always give birth to a single calve. During most of the year, sika hinds generally remain in small family groups with their young, sometimes including offspring from the previous year. Stags are largely solitary during fall and winter, and then form bachelor bands during late spring and summer. With the exception of the breeding season, stags and hinds typically remain segregated. Sikas appear to be relatively long-lived and ear-tag studies by DNR combined with age data collected from hunter check stations suggest that it is not uncommon for them to live up to, and probably beyond, 10 years of age in the wild. The combination of their heavy, sometimes impenetrable, habitat and strongly nocturnal nature no doubt enhances their ability to survive.
$300.00 Per Person
- Professional Guide
- Placement into stand
- Maryland Hunting License
- Gun / Bow
- Knee boots or waders
- Camouflage / Flourescent Orange
- Bug repellant clothing / facemask
- Shooting sticks
- Professional Guides, Safe, Knowledgeable, & Entertaining
- We Use the Best Equipment
- We Scout, EVERY DAY!
We can't guarantee weather or when the birds will fly, some things you just can't control. For water hunts, we reserve the right to reschedule or may offer you a field hunt option if the water is at a dangerous level due to heavy rain or winds. Your safety and the safety of our guides is our primary concern.
50% deposit due at time of booking. Balance due when you arrive for your hunt. Due to limited availability and the advanced planning needed to ensure a quality trip, we are unable to refund any payments. We will be happy to reschedule and answer any questions regarding this policy.
Black Duck Outfitters reserves the right to cancel and refund hunts up to 20 days in advance for any reason.