Puu Waawaa hunting season announced
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.