08/02/16 – DLNR Announce The Opening Of The Kekaha Game Management Area to the 2016 Black-Tailed Deer Season On Kaua‘i

Posted on Aug 2, 2016 in Forestry & Wildlife, News Releases

DEPARTMENT OF LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCES
News Release

DAVID Y. IGE
GOVERNOR
SUZANNE D. CASE
CHAIRPERSON

For Immediate News Release August 2, 2016

UPDATE:   DLNR ANNOUNCES THE OPENING
OF THE KEKAHA GAME MANAGEMENT AREA
TO THE 2016 BLACK-TAILED DEER SEASON ON KAUA‘I

The application deadline for the regular deer rifle tag season
is 3:30 p.m. Friday, August 5, 2016

LIHU‘E, KAUA‘I —  The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) announces the opening of the Kekaha Game Management Area (KGMA) of Hunting Unit A to black-tailed deer hunting season on the island of Kauai.  The Department of Hawaiian Homelands (DHHL) has granted a one year license agreement extension to DLNR, extending to to August 31, 2017.

The revised map of Hunting Unit A is attached. For additional information, please call the Division of Forestry and Wildlife office in Lihu‘e at (808) 274-3433 or visit the DOFAW website at http://dlnr.hawaii.gov/dofaw/.  Rules and conditions regulating game mammal hunting in Title 13, Chapter 123 will be in effect.

HUNTERS MAY APPLY FOR ALL THREE (3) HUNTS:

Hunting Season

Unit(s) Open to Hunting

Season Duration

Season Bag Limit

 

Archery

 

Hunting Unit F

September 2 to December 31, 2016; Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Mondays and State Holidays

 

 

 

 

One deer of either sex per archery tag hunter per license year

Hunting Units J, and K

September 3 to December 31, 2016; Saturday, Sunday, and State Holidays

Hunting Unit D

(Archery only)

June through August; weekends and State holidays

Hunting Unit D

(Regular pig hunting season)

September through December; weekends and State holidays

Hunting Unit L

July 2- August 28, 2016; Saturday and Sunday ONLY

 

Muzzle-load Rifles Only

Hunting Unit A

 

 

September 3-4, 2016

One deer per muzzle-load hunter/license year;

Unit A: one antlered buck, fork-horn or better.

Units B; one deer of either sex

Units L; one deer of either sex

Hunting Unit B (Regular pig hunting season)

Hunting Unit L

 

Regular Rifle

Hunting Unit A 

Seven (7) consecutive weekends; lottery; September 17 to October 30, 2016

One deer per rifle tag hunter per license year;

Unit A: one antlered buck, fork-horn or better.

Units B; one deer of either sex

Units L; one deer of either sex

Hunting Unit B

Hunting Unit L

(Muzzleload ONLY)

Hunting Units E1, and H

Year Round, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday and State Holidays

*Annual permit required

See Chapter 123, Rules Regulating Game Mammal Hunting for more details

Hunting Unit E2

Year Round; Daily

                                                                                                                 

Unit L (WAIMEA HEIGHTS HUNTING AREA)

Unit L will be open to archery and muzzleload hunting of black-tailed deer and feral pig.  Unit L is located on western Kauai and includes a portion of the former Amfac sugar cane lands west of Waimea Canyon road (Highway 550), east of Kokee road (Highway 552) and north of Syngenta and Pioneer corn fields.  Maps showing the hunting area boundaries and hunter checking stations are available in the Lihue DOFAW office and west Kauai hunter checking stations. Access into the area will be by foot or horseback.  Hunters hunting in Unit L may check-in either at Kokee Road, Waimea Heights or Mango Tree Hunter Checking Stations (HCS). Vehicles shall not enter the hunting area, except when used for official business by the department or the landowner. 

 

ARCHERY ONLY SEASON:  Resident archers interested in hunting in Units D, F, J, K and L for black-tailed deer will be charged $5.00 for their deer archery tag ($25.00 non-resident hunter). The deer archery season will be in Hunting Unit F, from September 2 through December 31, 2016 on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, Mondays and State Holidays.  Archery hunting in Unit J and K is from September 3 through December 31, 2016 on Saturday, Sundays and State Holidays only.  Unit L archery season will start on July 2 thru August 28, 2016 on Saturday and Sundays ONLY. Archery permits are now available in the Lihue Division of Forestry and Wildlife office at 3060 ‘Eiwa St., Room 306.  Hunters must present their 2016-17 Hawaii Hunting License in order to obtain a deer archery permit.  Another person may pick up your permit, but must present your license for you.  Neighbor island archers may pick up an application form at the DOFAW office on their island and mail it in.  Specific instructions are on the application form.  Validated archery permits will be mailed to each hunter after the application has been received.  Hunters may either check-in at the Waimea Heights or Kokee HCS.  The bag limit will be one deer of either sex per archer per season.  

A successful bow-hunter who has bagged a deer will have filled their deer archery bag limit; however archers may continue to take pig and goat through the duration of the deer archery only season.  The bag limit will be one pig and one goat per archer per hunting day.  The use of dogs is prohibited during the deer archery only seasons.

 

MUZZLELOADER ONLY SEASON: 

The deer muzzleloader tag season will be in Hunting Units A, B and L on September 3-4, 2016. Kauai residents may acquire their permits starting June 27, 2016 at the Lihue DOFAW office at 3060 Eiwa St., Rm. 306, and must present their 2016-17 Hawaii Hunting license when obtaining their permit.   Permits will be $5.00 for resident and $25.00 for non-residents.

Another person may pick up your permit, but must present your license for you.  Neighbor island archers or muzzleloader hunters may pick up an application form at the DOFAW office on their island and mail it in.  Specific instructions are on the application form.  Validated permits will be mailed to each archery hunter after the application has been received. Validated muzzleloader permits will be mailed to off-island hunters provided their applications are correctly filled out.

The bag limit in Units B and L will be one (1) deer of either sex per muzzle-load hunter per license year. The bag limit in Unit A will be one (1) antlered deer, fork horn or better per hunter per license year.  Feral pig in Unit A during the deer season is closed for hunting.  Feral Pig is Open for hunting in Unit B and L during the deer season.

Unit A hunters must check-in at the Koke‘e hunter check-in stations.  A successful muzzleloader hunter who has bagged a deer will have filled their deer season bag limit, but may accompany their hunting group without a firearm for the duration of the muzzleloader season.  The use of dogs is prohibited during the deer muzzleloader only season.

 

REGULAR RIFLE SEASON:  The regular rifle tag season for deer will be in Hunting Units A, B and Unit L for seven (7) consecutive weekends beginning on September 17 and ending October 30, 2016.  Applications for the 2016 Kauai Deer Rifle season are now available at all Division of Forestry and Wildlife offices and participating hunting license dealers on the island of Kauai.  Each Hawaii resident hunter will be charged $15.00 which includes processing the lottery application and rifle tag ($30.00 for non-resident hunter). Each hunter applicant will be drawn for two (2) weekends; one weekend in Unit A or Unit L and one weekend in Unit B.

The bag limit In Unit A will be one (1) antlered deer, fork horn or better per hunter per license year.  Feral pig hunting will be closed in Unit A during the deer season.  Unit A hunters must check-in at the Koke‘e hunter check-in stations.  A successful hunter who has bagged a deer will have filled their season bag limit, but may accompany their hunting group without a firearm for the duration of the season.  The use of dogs is prohibited during the deer rifle season.

The bag limit in Unit B will be one (1) deer of either sex per hunter per license year.  Feral pig hunting will be open in Unit B during the deer season.  Dogs are permitted in Unit B while hunting.  Unit B hunters must check-in at Kokee HCS

Hunters hunting Unit L will be limited to muzzleload rifles ONLY.   Hunters wishing to hunt deer in Unit L will be allowed to take one deer of either sex and one feral pig.  Maps showing the hunting boundary and checking station locations are available at the Lihue DOFAW office and west Kauai HCS.

 

Hunting Units E-1, E-2 and H: Permits for year-round hunting of black-tailed deer in Units E-1, E-2 and H are now available in the Lihu‘e DOFAW office. The permit allows the taking of deer of either sex, feral pig and feral goat. There is a $10.00 annual fee for resident hunters and $25.00 for non-resident hunters.

The application deadline for the regular deer rifle tag season is 3:30 p.m. Friday, August 5, 2016.  The public drawing will be held at the Lihue State Office building, second floor conference room 209 on Wednesday, August 10, 2016 at 4 p.m.  Lottery results will not be given over the telephone.  Hunters are encouraged to attend the public drawing to determine the results, or wait for their validated tags to be mailed to them.  The Lihue Division of Forestry and Wildlife office will post the results after the public drawing.

All deer hunters (archery, muzzle-loader and regular rifle) are required to carry their deer tag(s) and valid hunting license on their person at all times while in the hunting area.  Deer tags are non-transferable between hunters.  There will be no make-up weekends or standby permits.  Deer tag(s) must be fastened to the carcass immediately after taking a deer.  Successful deer hunters are to bring their animal carcass to the Kokee or Pu‘u ‘Opae Hunter Check station for weighing and examination.  All hunters are required to preserve their game in a condition that will enable the identification of sex and species.   No skinning or de-boning of deer carcasses will be permitted in any hunting area.  However, hunters will be allowed to halve or quarter their animal.

All other requirements contained in Chapter 123, “Rules Regulating Game Mammal Hunting” apply to the Kauai deer hunting season. For more information, please call the nearest Division of Forestry and Wildlife office on your island:

 

Kauai  274-3433         Oahu  587-0166         Maui          984-8100      Molokai   533-1745

Lanai  565-7916         Hilo      933-4221         Kamuela    887-6063

 

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Media contact:

Deborah Ward
DLNR Communications specialist
Phone: (808) 587-0320