Feral Goat, Sheep and Pig Hunt and Ungulate Control Program Announced for the Pu‘u Wa‘awa‘a Forest Reserve

Posted on Aug 27, 2018 in Announcements
DEPARTMENT OF LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCES
News Release
DAVID Y. IGE
GOVERNOR
SUZANNE D. CASE 
CHAIRPERSON

For Immediate News Release August 27, 2018 

FERAL GOAT, SHEEP AND PIG HUNT AND UNGULATE CONTROL PROGRAM
ANNOUNCED FOR THE PU‘U WA‘AWA‘A FOREST RESERVE

HILO -The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW) announces a change in dates for the hunting season in the Pu‘u Wa‘awa‘a Forest Reserve (PWW) Youth and Disabled Hunt and Makai Sections and the special Ungulate Control Program for the PWW Mauka section. The recent Waikoloa wildland fire delayed the opening of the hunt. These date changes will extend the season to accommodate for the loss of hunting days during the first weekend.

The SPECIAL YOUTH AND DISABLED HUNT opened on August 11, 2018. The final day of this hunt will be Monday, September 3, 2018 (Labor Day). 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, non-hunting assistant may accompany each disabled hunter. The bag limit for this hunt is three (3) non-typical rams and one (1) typical ram per hunter per day. This is also the season limit (See Table 1). 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 also opened on August 11,2018 and will close on September 3, 2018 (Labor Day). The bag limit for this hunt is one (1) pig, one (1) non-typical ram, and three (3) 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, opening on September 8, 2018. The bag limit for this hunt is one (1) pig, one (1) non-typical ram, and three (3) 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 PWW MAUKA UNGULATE CONTROL PROGRAM (above Mamalahoa Highway), will be a non-typical ram and feral goat hunt, and will take place concurrently with the Makai Muzzleloader season (during the three consecutive weekends following the Makai Archery season). The bag limit will be one (1) non-typical ram and two (2) 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 interested in participating on the PWW mauka ungulate control program will be issued permits at the hunter check station on a first-come, first-served basis.

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 PWW hunter check station during the hunt. Exact change of $10/tag (resident hunters) and $25/tag (non-resident hunters) is required when purchasing tags at the hunter check station. The harvest tags will be non-transferable and non-refundable and must be placed through the hind leg of the animal immediately after each kill, and remain tagged until the hunter checks out of the hunting area and arrives home or to their final destination.

Hunters are to check in at the Pu‘u Wa‘awa‘a hunter check station beginning at 5 a.m. the day of the hunt and must be checked-out 7:45p.m. There will NO CAMPING allowed in the hunting area on any night before or during the hunt.

Further information may be obtained by contacting the DOFAW office in Kamuela at (808) 887- 6063.

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