Hunting is a sport that elicits mixed responses from people. While some argue vehemently against it, others support it, which is actually justified, if you look at the situation more deeply. Wild animals have increased in number and are encroaching upon human inhabitations resulting in widespread damage to agricultural land and humans.
The Ryuku Islands, over 30,000 years ago before the Asians inhabited it, contained plenty of boar, deer, elephants and bison. But the mammals were hunted unlimitedly over the years leading to their extinction about 17,000 years age. But the boar and deer remain still in the region.
Other than humans, the Ezo wolf was an effective predator hunting down the animals for food. But later when the region was occupied by settlers, especially during the Meiji period of restoration, the wolf species became extinct, since the latter part of 1800s. The Honshu wolf, the last surviving related wolf species also became extinct since 1905.
Wolf as savior
While wolves were seen as a threat to the livelihood of the village people in Japan, they were actually doing more good than harm to the people. The wolves hunted down the hares, deer and wild boar, which wreaked havoc with the crops.
Although human hunting helped to an extent, the wolves played a major role and actually saved the time and effort for humans. At present hunting has become a highly sophisticated process with many new tools. The tactical knife available at EdgeHunting for instance, is a great tool to have when you go hunting.
Historical evidence points to the fact that while Japanese were efficient hunters, they revered the wolves. The various folk tales that are still being told narrate the wondrous deeds performed by the wolves including warning villages of impending natural disaster through howls.
Even now, villages in the Yamanashi Prefecture celebrate wolf births offering azuki bean rice or sekihan. Now with the two main wolf species having become extinct, the repercussions are being felt all over Japan. The balance in the wild life in Japan is becoming increasingly unstable every year.
Thriving wild boar and deer
The deer and boar population has been thriving since the extinction of wolf species. This has led to more trouble for humans residing near forest land. Some farmers in the Shodo Island tried to prevent the boar infiltration into their lands by erecting stone walls for over 100 km. Done during Edo Period this barrier is termed as Shishigaki, and can be seen even today from anywhere in the island.
At present, more modern measures, such as, electrical fences have been erected to keep away the hungry beasts. Thus hunting these animals is encouraged in Japan. Folding knives such as those in this website come in useful for various hunting jobs making the trip easier and fruitful.
With the damage caused by wildlife estimated to be around 5 billion yen annually and agricultural loss in the year 2012 estimated at 23 billion yen, family farming is increasingly becoming unviable as a means of living.
While boars cause the most damage to crops, deer are damaging more because of their sheer number. There are 200 deer for one boar in the country overwhelming the forest as well as agricultural land. This leads to insufficient food supplies and the deer cause damage to forests in many ways including nibbling shoots and buds of young trees, stripping the barks of cypress and cedar trees and gouging trees using their antlers.