Hunt Hawaii Island

All hunting on Hawaii Island and in the State of  Hawaii is guided by the rules regulating Game Bird Hunting, Field Trials and Commercial Shooting Preserves under Chapter 122

and the rules regulating game mammal hunting under Chapter 123


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For the best hunting experience, please contact the Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW) office prior to your arrival. They have access to the most current information on hunting seasons, hunting areas, and the local conditions. In addition, certain hunting opportunities require special permits or tags that are only available by lottery.

Hunt Hawaii Lottery Application SystemHawaii Island Hunting Maps  

Google Earth .KMZ files are also available for download here. KMZ is a file format used to display geographic data in an Earth browser. To utilize these files download Google Earth to your mobile device or desktop. These files will provide layers displaying Hunting Units, Na Ala Hele Trails, and State Managed Lands.

Hunting Units Na Ala Hele Trails State Managed Lands

Hunting

Unit

Game Mammals To Be Taken

Means of Take

 

Bag

Limits

Open Hunting

Periods

Open Hunting

Days

Special Conditions

and Restrictions

 

A

Mauna Kea Game Management Area (GMA) and  Forest Reserve

Feral pigs

Rifle, muzzleloader, handgun, shotgun, archery.

Dogs not permitted.

One pig per hunter per day. No season limit.

Year-round, except on legal game bird hunting days

Daily, except during spring turkey season (Mar 1-Apr 15), when firearm mammal hunting is restricted to elevations above treeline.**

Evidence of sex and species waived for sheep and goats

 

Wild sheep and feral goats

No bag limit.  No season limit.

Year-round

B

Kohala, Olaa, Kau (including Haao Springs Restricted Watershed), Hilo, Manowaialee, Hamakua, Waiakea, Kapapala, South Kona Upper Waiakea, Honuaula Forest Reserves (F.R.),  Waiaha Springs Forest Reserve

 

 

Portions of Upper Waiakea Forest Reserve

 

Feral pigs, wild sheep, and feral goats

 

Rifle, muzzleloader, shotgun, handgun, archery, spears and knives. Dogs permitted.*

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Two pigs, one goat, and one sheep per hunter per day.  No season limit.

 

Year-round

Daily

 

No access with dogs to Humuula Section of the Hilo Forest Reserve from Keanakolu Road   

 

Rifle, muzzleloader, shotgun, hand gun, archery, spears and knives.  Dogs permitted.*

July through December.

(Upper Waiakea only)

Hunting allowed with dogs in Upper Waiakea Forest Reserve between Tree Planting and Powerline Roads. 

No dogs allowed on Powerline Road.

No vehicle access on Mauna Loa and Powerline Roads.

 

B (cont.)

Portions of Upper Waiakea Forest Reserve

 

Feral pigs, wild sheep, and feral goats

 

Rifle, muzzleloader, shotgun, handgun, and archery.  Dogs not permitted.

Two pigs, one goat, and one sheep per hunter per day.  No season limit.

 

January through June. (Upper Waiakea only)

Daily

Hunting allowed without dogs in Upper Waiakea Forest Reserve between Tree Planting Road and Powerline Road. 

No dogs allowed on Tree Planting Road.

No vehicle access on Mauna Loa, Powerline and Tree Planting Roads.

 

C

Upper parts of Laupahoehoe and Piha Sections

Feral pigs and wild sheep

Rifle, muzzleloader, handgun, shotgun, archery.

Dogs not permitted.

Two pigs and one sheep per hunter per day. No season limit.

Year-round

Saturday, Sunday and State Holidays.

 

 

D

Keauohana Forest Reserve, Hilo, & a portion of Kohala Restricted Watersheds

Feral pigs, wild sheep and feral goats

Rifle, muzzleloader, handgun, shotgun spears, knives, archery.

Dogs permitted.*

Two pigs, one goat and one sheep per hunter per day.

No season limit.

Year-round

Saturday, Sunday and State Holidays.

 

 

E

Pohakuloa Cooperative Game Management Area and Training Area (PTA) and portions of Mauna Loa GMA and FR

 

 

 

Puuanahulu Game Management Area (GMA), East Section

 

 

Kipuka Ainahou

Feral pigs, wild sheep and feral goats

Archery only.

Dogs not permitted.

 

 

One pig, one goat and one sheep per hunter per day.  No season limit.

Year-round

Saturday, Sunday and State Holidays in Mauna Loa

Daily in PTA, subject to training.

Entry permit to PTA Unit E required from PTA Commander.  Call 949-3474

Pohakuloa Training  Area subject to military training schedule.***

 

 

One pig, one ram and two goats per hunter per season

March through June

Saturday, Sunday, and State Holidays.

Tags required at Puuanahulu East Section**

 

No daily or season limit. 

March through October

Saturday, Sunday, and State Holidays.

None.

 

F

Puu Waawaa Forest Reserve (mauka & makai) and Puuanahulu Game Management Area, West Section

Feral pigs, wild sheep and Feral goats

Special Youth & Disabled Archery (Puu Lani Safety Zone)  Dogs not permitted****.

Three non-typical rams and one typical ram per hunter per day.  This is also the season limit.

August

Saturdays, Sundays, and State Holidays

Tags required.

 

 

General archery

(makai only)

Dogs not permitted.

 

 

One pig, one non-typical ram, and three goats per hunter per day. This is also the season limit

Four consecutive weekends beginning the first weekend in August

 

Tags required

 

Muzzle loader rifles

(makai only).

Dogs not permitted.

 

Three weekends following the end of the general archery season

G

Kaohe GMA

Feral pigs

Archery,

muzzleloader, and shotgun with slugs

Dogs not permitted.

One pig per hunter per day.

No season limits.

Year-round, except on legal game bird hunting days.

Archery: September through June.

Muzzleloader rifle and shotgun with slug: July-August.

 

Daily

Hunters must check in and out at Kilohana and Puu Huluhulu Checking Stations

 

Feral goats and wild sheep

No bag limit. No season limit.

Archery: September through June.

Muzzleloader, rifle and shotgun with slug: July-August

H

Kulani Buffer Zone

Feral pigs and feral goats

Rifle, muzzleloader, handgun, shotgun, archery, spears and knives.

Dogs permitted.*

Two pigs, one goat and one sheep per hunter per day.

No season limit.

July through-December

Saturday, Sunday, and State Holidays.

 

 

 

 

 

Rifle, muzzleloader, handgun, shotgun, archery, spears and knives.

Dogs not permitted.

January through June

Hunters shall check out at the checking station before 4:30 PM. 

No access via Mauna Loa Road.

 

I

Kalopa, Honokaia, Nanawale, Makaula Ooma tract of Honuaula Forest Reserve and Malama

Ki Forest Reserves

Feral pigs and feral goats

Archery or spears and knives only. Dogs permitted.*

Two pigs and one goat per hunter per day.

No season limit.

Year-round.

Saturday, Sunday and State Holidays

 

 

K

Natural Area Reserves: Puu O Umi, Waiakea, 1942 Lava Flow, Kahaualea, Kipahoehoe, Laupahoehoe, Manuka, Mauna Kea Ice Age and Puu Maka’ala and unencumbered portions of Manuka, Kaulanamauna, and Kipahoehoe

 

Feral pigs, feral goats and wild sheep

Rifle, muzzleloader, handgun, shotgun, spear, knife or archery.

Dogs permitted.*

 

 No daily or season limit

Year-round

Daily

 

 

*    Dogs shall be kept under physical restraint and control at all times, except when actively pursuing game.

** Confirm with the Division of Forestry and Wildlife before hunting; the Hilo office at 974-4221 or the Kamuela office at 887-6063.

*** Units are owned by cooperating landowner or lessee.  Access and public use conditions are subject to landowner approval

**** Only youth and disabled hunters may hunt; One adult licensed hunter only per youth hunter; One licensed hunter per disabled hunter

 

Game Birds to be Taken

Daily Bag Limits

Open Hunting Periods

Open Hunting Days

Special Conditions

and Restrictions

 

Pheasant species other than Nepal kalij

 

Three (cocks only) per hunter, which may be of one species or a combination of species

First Saturday in November

through the last Sunday in January.

Saturdays, Sundays,

and State Holidays.

Additionally, Wednesday, Thursdays for Units A, G, PTA, and private lands****

Public land and private

lands

 

 

Nepal Kalij Pheasant

Three birds  of either sex per hunter

 

California Valley Quail

Japanese Quail

Gambels’ Quail

Fifteen birds of either sex per hunter,which may be of any one species or a combination ofspecies

 

Chukar Partridge

Gray Francolin

Black Francolin

Eight birds of either sex per hunter,

which may be of any one species or

a combination of these species

 

Erckel’s Francolin

Three birds of either sex per hunter

 

Chestnut bellied Sandgrouse

Mourning Dove

Spotted Dove (Large Dove)

Ten birds of either sex per hunter,

which  may be of any one species or

a combination of these species

 

Barred Dove (Small Dove)

Twenty birds of either sex per

Hunter

 

Wild Turkey

One bird of either sex per hunter

 

SPECIAL BIRD SEASONS

 

Wild Turkey (Spring Hunt Only)

Three bearded turkeys per season***

March 1, through March 31, Kipuka Ainahou**

Daily

*Permit and tag required for public and private areas.

No dogs allowed.

March 1, through April 15, Units A, F and G, and private lands

Daily

Barred Dove (Small Dove)

Twenty birds of either sex per hunter

First Saturday in February through last Sunday in March.

Saturdays, Sundays, and State Holidays.

On private lands only

 

Spotted Dove (Large Dove)

Ten birds per hunter

First Saturday in October thru the last Sunday in October

*      Hunters may be assigned permits by public drawing.

**    Archery only.

*** Distinct feathering characteristics unique to the male turkey are located on the upper breast.

****Units J and PTA are managed by cooperators.  Access and public use conditions are subject to cooperator review.  Confirm with the Hilo or Kamuela office of the Division of Forestry and Wildlife before hunting.

Contact information for the island of Hawai‘i:

19 E. Kawili Street (or) P.O. Box 4849 Hilo, HI 96720 tel (808) 974-4221 fax (808) 974-4226