Here are some of the details as we have them so far:
The hunts are being arranged by an American expat named Eric Rose (firstname.lastname@example.org) who lives in the town of Kushiro on the eastern coast of the northern island of Hokkaido. The sika here is indigenous and absolutely free ranging. Sika deer congregate on the coast in the winter months, are reportedly overpopulated and an agricultural pest. There's apparently little local hunting pressure.
Strict Japanese firearms laws limit this hunt to archery only. But, Nobili tells us that the high number of animals makes for a very good hunt. "I was really surprised to see dozens and dozens of stags every day, many high quality trophies that you could only dream of finding in other areas in the world, where the sika was introduced." Nobili's hunt took place in hills surrounding area farms. He hunted on snowshoes, spotting and stalking and waiting in ambush in the mixed vegetation of pines and hardwoods. We're going to add to these details for a more complete report next month, but, in the meantime, here's a picture of one of Nobili's trophies (he took three . . .) Stay tuned!