hs to prepare various arrangements and to lay the groundwork.
But if I ask him on the pretext of guarding me, there will be less trouble and I’ll try it just in case.
Well, that is that and this is this… I can’t think of any better plan to deal with deer)
Another idea came to Shizuko when her mind went astray but she couldn’t come up with any measures to deal with the pests.
(Deer increased in large quantity because of there was no carnivore as it’s natural enemy.
If that’s the case then by taming wolves…? No, that won’t do.
The places they can live were limited and above all, it was too much for a long-term measure)
Deer and wild boars increased in large quantities in the modern era because it’s natural enemy, Japanese wolves, went extinct.
But there was a chance that they were still alive in Sengoku Period.
Because there was a record from Philipp Franz Balthasar von Siebold noting that both the Honshu wolf and Hokkaido wolf had been raised in Edo period.
(Then, let’s set up traps quickly, however… creating a net-like an anti-bird net[2] is really hard…)
The net seemed to be full of openings when you took a glance overhead.
The farm was completely covered with a simple net made of straw as a countermeasure for dealing with birds and pests.
It took almost a month to create it, but it prevented most damage from birds thanks to it.
(Rather, I should make a path like a gate to… guide…!?)
At that moment, Shizuko recalled the conversation with her grandfather about how to deal with deer.
Her grandfather talked about important information which was a knowledge that had enough use even in this Sengoku Period.
“Ah, that’s right…should we make a path that a deer, an Artiodactyla or other hoofed animals, can never pass!”
“Uwah, you surprised me!”
Tagosaku was surprised by the sudden screaming Shizuko.
Osora wasn’t surprised since she wasn’t near enough but, as expected, the Shizuko who suddenly screamed was surprising enough.
“(Hey Osora-san, did village head thinking of something very strange again?)”
When Tagosaku moved to Osora near enough, he talked with a voice so low that it was almost like a whisper.

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“(I don’t think so.
But, village head is really knowledgeable~.
Even with only that information, she can think up an idea)”
“(Certainly… I didn’t get it at first but, I understood the purpose after doing it myself)”
“(From the looks of it, it looks likely that she has thought up an idea to deal with the deer one way or another? Well, in the end, it looks like that we will be worked hard.
It’s really awful, right~)”
“(That’s right…)”
The two who watched Shizuko sitting on the ground and writing something felt like they heard the construction group screaming.
And their hunch came true later on.
Around a week after Shizuko came up with something, there was a strange mechanism placed fully around the farm.
The villagers didn’t know what was this for since they weren’t given the detailed explanation yet.
But, since they got a good result from doing what Shizuko told them to, they felt that it would work out somehow…
“Mmhm, it’s perfect.
The bear trap and the texas gate[3] are ready”
The Shizuko who carried a rod-like thing on her shoulder seemed satisfied as she watched the mechanism in front of her.
She thought that it was quite good for a rushed construction.
But it was only for this year since it was decided that there would be expansions for the farms.
“Bear traps are normally illegal in modern Japan but we can use it with no problem in this period right~”
Shizuko swung the rod as she said so.
It was a cracked rod that was about a meter in length.
At the tip of the rod, there was an area to cradle a rock which was attached to the rod by a string on both ends.
However, at the top end, the string was not fully attached.
It could be used to snare from the look of it.
[4] “We get a long-range attack with this staff sling.
Although you can just use a sling, this one has an increased range and power so using this is better.
It can be a makeshift spear if the worst came to worst”
A staff sling.
The total length was around a meter with a weight of around 300 to 500 grams and its range was around 100 to 150 meters.
It was a weapon used from the fourth century BCE to modern era that boasted having a range no less than a bow.
On the other hand, the con was that it had a low fire rate and it took a long time to throw.
Furthermore, Shizuko placed a bit pointed instrument made from iron at the butt-end of the staff sling.
This stabilized the center of gravity and protected the handle when it was stabbed to the ground.
It wasn’t as sharp as a blade but still had a striking power that it wouldn’t only end with a slight pain if it was thrust.
“Umm, Village chief.
We don’t know whatever you are talking about but what should we do from now on…?”
“Ssh, I’ll show you the result of the traps”
“Haah…”
Shizuko and several villagers hid themselves in the bushes downwind from the farm.
Everyone but Shizuko had no idea as to why they are hiding or the trap’s purpose.
(An eye-witness is not inferior to many hearsays… For this kind of thing, it is faster to see it than to hear the explanations)

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Around thirty minutes after thinking that, the deer showed up.
It seemed that they were individuals that descended from the mountain, and the number was about nine.
“Three… four… it seems that the biggest one is the male and the rest of it is female:
“It’s quite the number…”
The villagers were slightly frightened as they had never seen such numbers before.
I wonder if the herd still had the instinct to fear humans if the humans were like this.
While Shizuko thought like that, a deer approach the texas gate.
“Oh, a little bit more… hey guys, that is the trap’s purpose”
The deer went straight toward the texas gate.
However, after a few steps, it couldn’t move completely.
The deer raised a cry as it couldn’t move as it wished
“Ohー”
The villagers raised a sigh of admiration.
The deer caught between the texas gate couldn’t move forward nor backward.
On top of that, the trapped deer became an obstacle to the herd.
“We got a source of protein~! Well then, I wonder if it’s the bear traps next”
At the moment she muttered that, a deer’s cry resounded.
As it was too loud, the other deer were running away to their original place up in the mountain.
From the look of it, there was a deer that got trapped in the bear trap.
“Two of them, huh… not really bad.”
Shizuko muttered that when she looked at the result.

   

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