Remeber: 'There's nowt as queer as ayrshire folk.'
You've obviously just been unlucky. If you can stalk wily old hinds, then a sika stag shouldn't pose you a prob. We both know that the real test on the hill is stalking the old hinds. The stags just aren't as cautious and observant.
Now is probably your best time as many sika stags will be brought in and guarding wallows due to the red rut. They'll be practically black in colour, rolling in their wallows and pissing on themselves. You'll smell the buggers before you see them.
Get into the forest and search for smallish clearings surrounded on all sides by mature trees- you'll soon find the wallows. Get downwind of it and prepare the ambush.
Well, i'm off tommorrow morning for a weekend up north. I've heard that there's been some snow on the high hills already!