Puu Waawaa hunt­ing sea­son an­nounced

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The Depart­ment of Land and Nat­u­ral Re­sources Di­vi­sion of Forestry and Wildlife an­nounces the open­ing of the hunt­ing sea­son in the Puu Waawaa For­est Re­serve youth and dis­abled hunt and makai sec­tions pur­suant to Ti­tle 13, Chap­ter 123, “Rules Reg­u­lat­ing Game Mam­mal Hunt­ing.”

The di­vi­sion also an­nounces a spe­cial Un­gu­late Con­trol Pro­gram for the Puu Waawaa For­est Mauka sec­tion pur­suant to Ti­tle 13, Chap­ter 123, “Rules Reg­u­lat­ing Game Mam­mal Hunt­ing.”

The spe­cial youth and dis­abled hunt will be open in the safety zone above the Puu Lani sub­di­vi­sion on week­ends and state hol­i­days dur­ing Au­gust. Only youth (chil­dren who are 15 years of age or younger) and dis­abled hun­ters may hunt in this area.

Only one adult li­censed hunter may ac­com­pany each youth hunter and one li­censed, non­hunt­ing as­sis­tant may ac­com­pany each dis­abled hunter. The bag limit for this hunt is three non­typ­i­cal rams and one typ­i­cal ram per hunter per day. This is also the sea­son limit. De­bon­ing and skin­ning is al­lowed. Skull with at­tached horns must re­main in­tact and gen­i­tals must re­main at­tached to the car­cass.

The makai archery ( be­low Ma­mala­hoa High­way) sea­son will take place dur­ing the first four con­sec­u­tive week­ends in Au­gust, and on Aug. 18, State­hood Day. The bag limit for this hunt is one pig, one non­typ­i­cal ram, and three goats per hunter per day. This is also the sea­son limit. De­bon­ing and skin­ning is al­lowed. The tail and gen­i­talia of har­vested an­i­mals must re­main at­tached for species and sex iden­ti­fi­ca­tion pur­poses.

The makai muz­zleloader sea­son will take place dur­ing the three week­ends fol­low­ing the archery sea­son, and Sept. 4, La­bor Day. The bag limit for this hunt is one pig, one non-typ­i­cal ram, and three goats per hunter per day. This is also the sea­son limit. De­bon­ing and skin­ning is al­lowed. The tail and gen­i­talia of har­vested an­i­mals must re­main at­tached for species and sex iden­ti­fi­ca­tion pur­poses.

The Puu Waawaa Mauka Un­gu­late Con­trol Pro­gram will be a non­typ­i­cal ram and feral goat hunt, and will take place con­cur­rently with the makai muz­zleloader sea­son (above Ma­mala­hoa High­way). The bag limit will be one non­typ­i­cal ram and two goats (either sex) per hunter per day. Dur­ing this pro­gram, the whole car­casses (en­trails can be cleaned, but with at­tached gen­i­talia on car­cass) need to be in­spected at check­out. For safety pur­poses, a max­i­mum of 30 per­mit­tees will be al­lowed per day.

Hun­ters will need to pur­chase 2018 goat and ram tags to legally hunt these species in these ar­eas. Tags may be pur­chased from any Hawaii Is­land Di­vi­sion of Forestry and Wildlife of­fice and at the Puu Waawaa Hunter Check Sta­tion dur­ing the hunt. Cost is $10/tag (res­i­dent hun­ters) and $ 25/tag ( non­res­i­dent hun­ters).

Hun­ters may check in at the Puu Waawaa check sta­tion be­gin­ning at 5 a.m. the day of the hunt and must be checked-out 7:45 p.m. No camp­ing is al­lowed in the hunt­ing area on any night be­fore or dur­ing the hunt.

Info: 887- 6063.

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