Silky (Sika Grande)

Intro to the Silk Deer

Silk deer will weigh considerably more than Sika and less than an average size elk.  Their weight, height, and horn length vary greatly depending on how much of the animal’s genetic makeup is composed of elk traits.  Coat is generally brown to rusty in color and may show very light spotting.  Antlers are often in the configuration of a very large sika, usually sporting 3 to 4 points per side.  Male’s weights will range from 260lbs to 400lbs (rare).  Females typically weigh just shy of 200 lbs, but can range from 175 to 275 lbs.

Behavior

Use a mixture of vegetation and openings, taking shelter in brushy draws or oak mottes.  Males in hard antler are known to be aggressive.  Like wading in water to cool themselves and have been known to utilize water troughs to do so.

Food Habits

Have a very adaptable diet and can often utilize what is available.  Mostly browsers but will take grass and forbs.  Need accessible drinking water