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We want hunters to be able to fire in urban areas if the situation is right.

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The president of the Akita Prefecture hunting association. When bears appear in urban areas, hunters are currently allowed to fire if police officers give the order. However, this sometimes means a delay in responding to a situation.

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Hmm, what could go wrong? Firing in a urban area.

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. However, this sometimes means a delay in responding to a situation.

This is Japan, you need to gathered several hankos to get things done.

-10 ( +11 / -21 )

That's another great idea.

https://japantoday.com/category/crime/deer-hunter-arrested-after-mistakenly-shooting-friend-in-tochigi

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Nope. Leave it as it is.

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Hunters are not first responders.

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I don’t trust that ish lmao. When they show the hunters on tv after a bear appears it’s always some geriatric ojisan shuffling around to shoot at close range an already trapped animal. No thanks

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When considering that the average hunter in Japan is about 75 years old I don't think this is a great idea.

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Totally fine for life saving situations. Most Hunters in Japan are well trained and excellent shots with many years of experience.

If there is a Bear roaming around in a residential area where kids walk and play, waiting for the police to make a decision is of course foolish... but, This is Japan and the Laws are very very different compared to many other countries on a topic like this.

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So are these hunters properly trained shooters?

Or are they just random yahoos with a neon colored vest and a rifle?

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When bears appear in urban areas, hunters are currently allowed to fire if police officers give the order.

Why couldn't the police officers themselves shoot? Better yet, why are there no tranquilizer guns like they use in the US and elsewhere, so the animals can be sedated and moved from populated areas without killing them?

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Shoot, shovel, and shut up.

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Why don't people read the article instead of shooting from the hip. They want to be allowed to kill the pest because waiting for permission is problematic. The problematic pest could escape and go else where and cause more problems. This is what is happening. But I prefer not with a fire weapon but a with compound bow or crossbow. Once the police arrive yes use a firearm plus you will have callers ringing up reporting a shooting in a 5 km radius.

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But I prefer not with a fire weapon but a with compound bow or crossbow.

How effective are they against bears? Presumably, with a bear on the loose and people in danger, you'd want a pretty quick takedown. Wouldn't a decent rifle in, hopefully, experienced hands be better?

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Hawk. Yes very effective under 100 meters. Yes a rifle is more effective. Japan does not have a firearm culture due to the commitment required to obtain a rifle licence. It can take up to 5 years of sitting firearm safe use theory testing and in the last year some practical befor you can even buy a rifle. So hunters with gun living in built up areas are very uncommon. There are young hunters that trap only but prefer to hunt with a firearm but not willing to front up for 5 years and the expense to obtain a gun licence. So A compound bow or crossbow in a experience hand can certainly down a Asia black bear just as quick as a bullet under 50 meters.

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John,

Thanks. As I understand it, you can get a shotgun much sooner than you can get a rifle, so perhaps a slug gun is a good option? What do you think? If you're worried about an off-target shot hitting a person nearby, surely that applies to arrows or bolts as well.

And I'm not sure but I don't think we're talking about downtown Tokyo or Osaka here. The built-up areas where you are most likely to encounter a bear are still pretty rural. There might be more licensed shooters around than you think. I'm in a mid-sized city but 20 minutes out there's a shooting range which is frequently in use when I pass it on my bike every weekend.

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Maybe at these ranges there is supervised shooting where a licence in not needed. A bullet can travel for 500 meters and still be very effective. Where a bolt or arrow exhaust their energy very quickly and have are less effective over 150 meter if it can reach that distance. Say If I saw a bear after 2:30 pm I would run inside ring the Authorities then prime my crossbow and go back out and try and put it down. Before 2:30 I would run inside and ring the authorities and say inside. Why after 2:30. is because it is close to school getting let out and hence the urgency.

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