The Department of Land and Natural Resources announced that the 2011-2012 game bird hunting season opens on Saturday, Nov. 5.
Department biologists are predicting a below average season of bird hunting, with lingering drought impacts in many parts of the state. Parts of Molokai are reported as having moderate drought conditions this year.
The fall game bird hunting season will run through Monday, Jan. 16, 2012, with legal hunting days on Saturday, Sunday and state holidays. A Dec. 31, 2007 appellate court ruling determined that no game bird stamp sales are allowed for hunting. A valid hunting license only is required for all game bird hunting on public and private lands. All game bird hunting is regulated by Hawaii Administrative Rules Title 13, Chapter 122 (see http://hawaii.gov/dlnr/dofaw “Administrative Rules”).
On Molokai, the Forest Reserve (hunting units C, D, and E) will be open for game bird hunting on Saturdays, Sundays and state holidays for the entire season. For Units C, D and E, game mammal hunting will be closed on open game bird season days.