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Hunting in Hawaii: 3 Things for Landowners to Know About Hunting on Private Property

By    |   Monday, 25 May 2015 07:38 PM

If you’re a landowner in Hawaii, opening up your property to hunters can benefit both you and them, helping to keep animal populations under control and boost the state’s tourism and outdoor recreation industry.

Hunting in Hawaii is a thriving industry, and by getting involved you can create more opportunities for hunters and build a business for yourself in the process. Private hunting grounds frequently offer inclusive packages, so if you’re interested in participating in hunting and the outdoors, you can use your property to take an active role. Even though you own the land, you must abide by the state’s hunting laws. For example, only hunters who have completed hunter education and have a valid Hawaii hunting license may hunt on your land.

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Before you consider granting access to your land, keep these three things in mind:
  1. Hunters must have your permission. Even if you allow guests on your land, that doesn’t mean anyone can come onto your property at any time. Trespass laws still apply, and the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources says hunters must have the property owner’s permission to access the land for big game hunting. An article in the Hawaii Tribune-Herald noted that illegal hunting is a significant problem in the state and that trespassers sometimes cause damage. Secure your property for your own benefit, for the wildlife there, and for the hunters who do follow the rules.
  2. You don’t have the legal authority to hold trespassers. You can order trespassers and poachers off of your property or report them to local law enforcement, but the Hawaii Tribune-Hereald said you’re not allowed to detain them. Instead, you must leave it up to the authorities to investigate and prosecute illegal hunting activities.
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  4. You can operate on a for-profit basis. You’re not barred from making money off the hunting activities taking place on your land. In fact, several landowners have turned their properties into full-time hunting grounds that host hunts and offer guides. Kealia Ranch, for example, offers hunting of pheasant, boar, goat, sheep, turkey, goat, and bulls. The ranch also offers guides and taxidermy service.
This article is for information only. Please check current regulations before hunting.

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