2015 Lanai Mouflon Sheep Hunting Season – Public Notice

Posted on Mar 29, 2015 in Announcements, Main

STATE OF HAWAII

DEPARTMENT OF LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCES

2015 LANAI MOUFLON SHEEP HUNTING SEASON

Public Notice DOFAW 

The State of Hawaii, Department of Land and Natural Resources, Division of Forestry and Wildlife, is pleased to announce that application forms for the 2015 Lanai Mouflon Sheep Hunting Season, together with instruction sheets, are available at all Division of Forestry and Wildlife Offices Statewide through May 1 at 4pm, 2015 and on-line through April 24 at 4pm, 2015 at http://m.hi.gov/hunthawaii.

UPDATE: No application fees will be charged at this time for this application. A ten dollar ($10.00) application fee will be assessed each person applying for the hunt.  This fee MUST accompany each application for the hunt at the time of filing.  Applications received without the required application fee will not be processed and will be returned to the applicant.  A tag fee may be assessed at the time of hunter check in.  Hawaii residents may be assessed twenty dollars ($20.00) and non-Hawaii residents one hundred twenty-five dollars ($125.00) for each sheep tag.  No fees will be assessed for the non-typical ram tag.  It is imperative that hunter applicants obtain and pay particular attention to the hunt instruction sheet and addendum for any changes in the application process.

Pursuant to Title 13, Chapter 123,”Rules Regulating Game Mammal Hunting” (§ 13-123-4) the following special conditions and procedures will be in effect for this hunt:

The 2015 Lanai Mouflon Sheep Season will consist of four (4) hunts:

The Archery Only Hunt will be held over eight (8) consecutive days, beginning July 25, 2015 and ending on August 1, 2015.

**A Special Youth Hunt will be conducted for one (1) Weekend (Saturday and Sunday), August 8 and 9, 2015.

The Muzzleloading Hunt will be conducted for one (1) Weekend (Saturday and Sunday), August 15 and 16, 2015.

The General Rifle Hunt will be held over nine (9) consecutive Weekends (Saturday and Sunday), beginning on August 22, 2015 and ending on October 18, 2015.

Hunter assistants will only be allowed to accompany hunters who are senior citizens (age 65 or older) or disabled.

The bag limit for the 2015 Lanai Mouflon Sheep Season will be three (3) Mouflon sheep (one (1) ewe, one (1) non-typical ram and one (1) either sex) per hunter per authorized hunt.  Hunters will be issued a ewe tag and a non-typical ram tag at the time of check in and are required to harvest a ewe before being issued an either sex tag (Must be verified by a representative of the Department of Land and Natural Resources).  All heads of non-typical (polled, deformed, muumuu) rams must be disposed of at the Lanai hunter check station.  Department of Land & Natural Resource personnel have final say on the non-typical ram designation.

There will be no lottery drawing of permits conducted for the Archery Only Hunt and no limit on the number of archers who will be allowed to participate.  However, interested archers must apply for this hunt by submitting an application for a permit.  Hunters participating in the Archery Only Hunt will be allowed to apply for and participate in either the Muzzleloading Hunt or the General Rifle Hunt lotteries.  Archery hunters may check in on the Friday preceding the first day of the hunt or daily throughout the hunt period during the check station hours listed below to validate permits and receive their tags.  

  • • Friday, July 24, 2015 through Friday, July 31, 2015 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.
  • • Saturday, August 1, 2015 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

All archery hunters must report their take or their intent to hunt the next day providing their tags remain unfilled.  Upon completion, archers MUST return their application cards to the Lanai hunter check station stating number of animals taken, sex and unit harvested, if applicable.

SPECIAL MOUFLON HUNTING OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOUTH HUNTERS:

**A SPECIAL YOUTH HUNT

  • • Youth hunters must be 15 yrs of age or younger (HAR13-123-2), possess a valid 2015-16 State of Hawaii hunting license and must be accompanied by a non-hunting adult (18 yrs of age or older) who also possesses a valid 2015-16 State of Hawaii hunting license.  Both the non-hunting adult and youth hunter(s) must submit an application, stapled together, to be eligible for this hunt.
  • • Youth hunters will be issued tags at the time of hunter check in.  Tags are valid only for the type of hunt applied for.
  • • A total of 100 youth hunters will be drawn for the weekend.  If the total application of youth hunters exceeds 100, a lottery will be conducted to establish going and standby positions.
  • • Youth hunters will be limited to carry only one (1) type of hunting equipment while in the hunting area.  Blaze orange is required for all youth hunters and accompanying adults.
  • • One (1) adult may accompany a maximum of two (2) youths for this special hunt.
  • • Youth hunters will also be allowed to apply for and participate in the archery only hunt and either the muzzleloader hunt or general rifle hunt.  Youth hunters must submit a separate application for each hunt.

Participation in the Muzzleloading Hunt may be assigned by lottery if application levels exceed the allotted number of hunters allowed in the hunting area.  The General Rifle Hunt will be assigned by lottery drawing.  Interested hunters may apply for either the Muzzleloading Hunt Lottery or the General Rifle Hunt Lottery, but may NOT apply for BOTH.

Applications for all hunts may be submitted in-person or mailed, to the Maui Division of Forestry and Wildlife Office, 1955 Main St., Rm 301, Wailuku HI 96793.  Lanai residents only are to mail or deliver their applications to the Lanai Division of Forestry and Wildlife Office at 917 Fraser Ave., P.O. Box 630661, Lanai City, HI 96763.  The DEADLINE for submitting applications will be 4:00 p.m. on Friday, May 1, 2015.  Interested hunters are encouraged to submit their application well before the application DEADLINE to insure proper processing.  To apply online for this hunt, go to http://m.hi.gov/hunthawaii.  Deadline to apply online will be 4:00pm on Friday, April 24, 2015.

The public drawing to assign a going status, and if necessary, to establish stand-by positions for the Muzzleloading Hunt lottery will be held on Friday, June 5, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at the J Cameron Center, MEO Building.  A simultaneous drawing will be held at the Lanai Division of Forestry and Wildlife Office for Lanai residents. At 12:00 noon at both locations, a public drawing to assign a going status, and if necessary, to establish stand-by positions for the General Rifle Hunt lottery will be held.  Hunters, who have been assigned a stand-by number, will be allowed to replace no-show hunters that do not check in on their assigned hunting date.

All eligible Youth, Muzzleloader and General Rifle participants must check in at the Forestry and Wildlife Office in Lanai City to validate permits and receive their tags either on the Friday preceding their assigned hunting date or on Saturday or Sunday during the check station hours stated below.  

  • • Fridays: 8:00 am to 8:00 pm
  • • Saturdays: 7:00 am to 8:00 pm 
  • • Sundays: 7:00 am to 3:30 pm

Stand-by hunters must be present at the Lanai City, Division of Forestry and Wildlife Office at 6:00 p.m. on the Friday prior to their assigned hunting date to be eligible to replace no-show hunters.  Once each hunter fills their bag limit, they will not be eligible to participate for the remainder of the 2015 Lanai Mouflon Sheep Season.  Both Hunting Unit 1 and 2 will be open to Archery, Youth, Muzzleloading, and General Rifle Hunts.  Unit 3 will be open to Archery hunters only.

Additional details for this season are available at the Division of Forestry and Wildlife Offices at the following telephone numbers:

Oahu: 587-0166   Maui: 984-8100

Hawaii: 974-4221(Hilo) Molokai: 553-1745

Kauai: 274-3433        Lanai: 565-7916