By Tim Jones, Managing Editor
Just at press time last month, subscriber Mario Nobili sent us our first-ever report on a big-game hunt in Japan
, on the northern island of Hokkaido for native sika deer. We published what details we had at that time (see the April issue
), then went digging for more.
As we told you last month, the hunts take place in the winter and are archery-only due to Japan's extremely restrictive gun laws. There are, however, lots of animals available. Nobili reported, "I was really surprised to see dozens and dozens of stags every day, many high quality trophies that you could only dream of in other areas of the world, where the sika was introduced." Nobili took three stags on his hunt.
We contacted Eric Rose (email@example.com), the American ex-pat who organized Nobili's hunt. He answered our questions candidly, making it very clear that this is not a hunt that's right for everyone. But, for the right hunter with the right attitude, it could be a gem. Here's what Rose told us.....