Game bird hunting season opens on Saturday

| October 31, 2013 | 0 Comments

DLNR News Release

The Department of Land and Natural Resources announces the opening of the 2013-2014 game bird hunting season this Saturday, Nov. 2. The season will run through Jan. 20, 2014, with legal hunting days on Saturday, Sunday and state holidays.
The DLNR also announced that application forms for the 2014 Lanai Axis deer hunting season, together with instruction sheets, are now available at all Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW) offices.

Game bird hunting opportunities are offered on the six major islands in the State of Hawaii: (Kauai, Oahu, Maui, Molokai, Lanai and the big island of Hawaii). Each of these islands has one or more state-designated public hunting areas (called hunting units), which are open for hunting at certain times during each year. Game bird hunting opportunities may also be available on private lands as well.

This year, DLNR biologists are predicting an “average” season of bird hunting, due to the easing of drought conditions in many parts of the state.

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.

This game bird hunter at the Parker Ranch on the Big Island finishes a successful hunt. Photo courtesy of Parker Ranch

This game bird hunter at the Parker Ranch on the Big Island finishes a successful hunt. Photo courtesy of Parker Ranch

On Molokai, the hunting units include the Molokai Forest Reserve (hunting units C, D and E). These units 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 from November 2013 through January 2014.

Privately owned lands are open to game bird hunting on weekends and state holidays Nov. 2 through Jan. 20, 2014, with landowner permission and in accordance with Chapter 13-122.

All game bird hunters should be familiar with Title 13, Chapter 122 “Rules Regulating Game Bird Hunting.”

Hunters will be required to check in and out at established hunter check stations. First obtain permission from landowners when seeking to hunt on private land. Prevent wildfires. Do not park or drive in tall grass or brush! Report fires to 911.

Support wildlife conservation: Report game law violators to the Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement by calling 643-DLNR (-3567). Further information may be obtained by contacting Division of Forestry & Wildlife office at 553-1745 on Molokai.

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