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Hunting in Hawaii: 4 Things to Know About Hunting on Private Lands

By    |   Monday, 25 May 2015 06:58 PM

Hunting in Hawaii offers an abundance of potential hunting grounds, both public and private. In general, you’ll follow the same rules for both.

For example, you must complete a hunter education course and obtain a hunting license, and you can only hunt specific animals in certain seasons. When hunting on private land, however, you might also need written permission from the owner. Many landowners welcome hunters and outdoor enthusiasts onto their property, but only if these visitors abide by state laws and use common courtesy.

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When hunting on private land in Hawaii, follow these tips to maximize the experience for yourself and other hunters:
  1. You need the owner’s permission. To hunt on public grounds in Hawaii, you typically only need a hunting license. Some areas operate on a lottery system, allowing a limited numbers of hunters in each season and requiring participants to purchase a special tag, according to the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources. On private land, you’ll need not only a valid hunting license but also the owner’s explicit permission. You must also respect any additional rules or special considerations the landowner has established for hunters and other guests. TheHawaii Tribune-Herald said that if you’re caught trespassing with a loaded firearm, you could face up to 10 years in prison.
  2. You can often hunt year-round. Game mammals may be hunted all year on private land, unlike on public land where animals can only be hunted in specific seasons.
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  4. Don’t take anything from the property. Hunters cannot remove or disturb anything from private land, including fossils, monuments, burial sites, and antiquities. Guests have access to the land for the purposes of hunting and other recreation, but everything on the property belongs to the owner and must be left as it is, DLNR said.
  5. Some owners provide special amenities and services. Some landowners not only grant hunters access to their land, they also organize hunts and offer perks to make the experience more efficient and enjoyable. Parker Ranch, for example, will provide hunters with a gun and ammunition. If you bring your own gun, you must register it with the local police department before the hunt. The ranch also offers hunting guides. If you want an all-inclusive hunting experience, seek out facilities that offer more than just simple access.

This article is for information only. Please check current regulations before hunting.

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