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    I want to hunt a Sika---in Japan. New to my bucket list

    I am seriously thinking of going to Japan for a week to hunt for a Sika. Seemingly they have a very big problem over there. I think I could swing some time off.

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    I have a mate that lives there now, I will ask him what the score is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deer man View Post
    I have a mate that lives there now, I will ask him what the score is.
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    I also would like to do this hunt, but the last time i looked into it you were not allowed to shoot the beast yourself. You can do the stalk and everything, but when it comes time to take the shot, you raise a dummy rifle and the hunting guide takes the shot. Very Japanese indeed! perhaps things have changed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by danpd View Post
    I also would like to do this hunt, but the last time i looked into it you were not allowed to shoot the beast yourself. You can do the stalk and everything, but when it comes time to take the shot, you raise a dummy rifle and the hunting guide takes the shot. Very Japanese indeed! perhaps things have changed.
    Do you get to shout bang as well?

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    Just watched that video,cool! Thought that first stag was going to get up and run whilst he was chatting!

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    Firearms very restricted in Japan, no foreigner can carry firearms except US military stationed there. Unbelievably of about 90,000 deer culled there annually, I believe about 70,000 go to landfill! More than no tradition of eating venison there, it is actually considered a thing that only the lowliest of peasants would eat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by teyhan1 View Post
    I am seriously thinking of going to Japan for a week to hunt for a Sika. Seemingly they have a very big problem over there. I think I could swing some time off.

    Amazing. Pretty impressive sizes. What calibers are legal in Japan and what is the reasoning behind the legislation referred to that meant half the rifling had to be removed from his shotgun?

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    i have a magizine from australia about deer stalking and there,s an article about sika stalking on the most northerly island in japan the pictures of the sika stags are amazing

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    From what I can gather so far you have to sit extensive tests. Your first license is restricted to a shotgun and you only get permission to own a rifle after 10 years!!
    This is from one source

    Guns and hunting in Japan? Most westerners think that guns are outlawed in Japan. The truth is that local Japanese cannot own handguns, but are free to purchase shotguns and rifles. I’m presently stationed with the Air Force at Misawa Air Base in northern Japan. It is a combined U.S. fighter wing as well as Japanese Self Defense Force Base. This area of Japan is considered "country" and consists of farms and mountainous terrain. Presently, there are only two Americans who hunt this area. The cost of hunting is fairly expensive (approx. $800.00) which probably limits the number of people hunting. The process to receive ones license is fairly detailed. First a written test on game laws is required. Then another game identification test is taken. This is followed by demonstration of firearms safety as well as distance estimation. Finally off to the the skeet range for shotgun qualification. This process was completed in 2 days.
    Any competent person can own a shotgun or rifle. All firearms have to be registered with the local police department and when registered, a "blue book" containing information on the firearm is received. The blue book must be in possession whenever transporting or hunting with the firearm. After being a registered hunter for more than 10 years, one may use a rifle for hunting (axis deer, bear). New firearms are very expensive. For example a new model Remington shotgun may cost the local hunter over $3000.00. For many Americans, the used gun market here offers many bargains. Fully functional shotguns can be purchased from $30.00 on up. Since stationed in Japan, I’ve purchased a few Belgium A-5’s as well as SKB over/under, side by side as well as a few rifles well under the blue book prices. Bird hunting is our main focus here, Misawa being a duck hunters paradise. Redheads, spotbills and pintails abound. Three different variety of pheasants can be hunted also. Due to the high cost of hunting, crow hunting became our method of recouping some of our expenses.
    In Japan, crows are thought as evil birds. Farmers especially despise them due to the damage to the rice and vegetable crops. Because of this, the govt offers a bounty on crows. During four special seasons, the govt of Japan offers a bounty of 500 yen or about $4.75 on each crow. What we do is set our hunting area close to the local dump. Crows frequent this area and it is not uncommon to see flocks of more than 100 birds flying at a time. We hide our vehicles under a tree and play the "fighting crows" tape. What happens next is fast and furious action. Last week, I had 50 crows circling 20 ft above my head. I couldn’t reload fast enough. We save the feet as proof of kill. I use a Belgium Browning A-5 with a modified choke and my partner a Remington 870 also with a modified choke. Besides providing more enjoyable practice than going the the skeet range, crow bounty will allow us to recoup most of our cost.



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