On a mountain in Yubari, Hokkaido in Northern Japan, two women in colorful snowsuits search for Yezo deer. After walking around for an hour, they come to a halt at the sight of deer tracks in the snow. One asks, “Which way did it go?” and a tense look crosses their faces before they continue pursuing the wild animal somewhere on that quiet snowy mountain.
Japan’s aging population has had specific effects on the country, and one of them is that the men have grown too old to hunt. A tiny minority of women in their 20s and 30s has emerged as Japan’s newest hunters and about 2,000 currently hold hunting licenses. Why is this needed?
- Deer and wild boar have become a nuisance across Japan. They both eat crops, and remove foliage from hills increasing the risk of landslides. A wild boar injured eight people in Hyogo last year.
- Total damages from wild animals are estimated at $200 million a year. But most hunters are men over the age of 60, and decreasing in number.
- Enter the women. Rules on gun ownership in Japan are very strict, and include alerting the police every time a shot is fired. But as boar and deer have no natural predators on the islands, hunting is considered necessary to act as a population control.
- The tagline of the Woman Hunters of Hokkaido is ‘shoot and eat’. Bringing home fresh meat is a significant focus of the women hunting groups.
This is good news for Japan’s Ministry of Environment since deer and wild boar eat and damage crops causing an estimated ¥20 billion of damage annually. Wild boar populations are overrunning the area of the Fukushima prefecture where Japan experienced the 2011 disaster.
Tomoko Umeno, 29, runs a home-style inn in Tottori where she serves dishes from the wild boar and deer she hunts.
The shrinking hunter population has caused Dainihon Ryoyukai, a national hunters association, to turn its eyes to women.
Last July, the association created a special page on its website called “Go for it! Hunter girls.”
To attract urban women to hunting, the website uses the experiences of actual women to describe how hunting an animal feels and the joy of eating game.
Miyagi Prefecture last fiscal year began a “new hunter training course.” Yumiko Toyama of Kesennuma in the prefecture was the only woman to enroll and has since obtained her license.
“I was inspired by the hunting culture of only taking enough to eat. I want to keep studying to prepare for the winter hunting season,” said Toyama, 31.
Haruna Kanamori, 31, from Hokkaido got a hunting license two years ago and started tanning Yezo deer pelts last summer. “I’d like to teach my child the meaning behind taking the lives of living creatures,” she said. She cooks the deer meat, saves its fur and makes buttons and accessories out of its horns.
To strengthen community ties among female hunters, groups have formed. Hunting gear is being designed for women and delicious meals are being prepared. There is a distinct aim to preserve nature for the future.
Source: Articles on the Internet
These women seem very diligent in their pursuit of game. The Bible speaks of such people. —
The slothful man roasteth not that which he took in hunting: but the substance of a diligent man is precious. Proverbs 12:27
Just as we should be diligent in our work and with our provisions, The Bible also declares that the second coming of Christ is imminent and urges us to be diligent in our walk with Him.
Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless. 2 Peter 3:14
This can only be done through the cleansing of our spiritual body by asking God to forgive us of our sins and accept His cleansing through the shed blood of Jesus Christ!
Are you ready for Christ to come again?