Hunting

Hunting in Hawaii requires a hunting license whether you hunt on public or private land.

How to obtain a hunting license in Hawai‘i.

In order to purchase a Hawai‘i Hunting License, you must possess one of the following documents:

  • a Hawai‘i Hunter Education Wallet Card; or
  • a Letter of Exemption.

Hawai‘i Hunter Education Wallet Cards are issued to graduates of our basic Hunter Education course and you may use it to purchase a Hawai‘i Hunting License directly from a license agent at various retail locations throughout the state. You may also purchase your Hawai‘i Hunting License online.

Letters of Exemption are issued free to those who have an out-of-state hunter education card or a Hawai‘i Hunting License issued prior to July 1, 1990. Click here for a Letter of Exemption mail request form.

If you’re a nonresident without a hunter education card, contact your local hunter education office and find out how, when, and where to enroll in a hunter education course in your home state/province. Once you get your hunter education certificate, you need to fill out and mail in a completed Letter of Exemption form to our office. Once your form is processed and validated you will be able to purchase a Hawaii hunting license.

If you are a nonimmigrant alien and wish to temporarily import firearms and ammunition into the United States, please read these FAQs by the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

If you are a disabled hunter, please review the vehicle permit application and the cross-bow permit application.

Unfortunately, many hunters don’t plan or research their hunting trips before traveling to Hawai‘i and are turned away at the license agent’s counter because they were unaware of this license requirement. As always, with any hunting trip, know before you go!