Hunting in Hawai‘i requires a hunting license, whether you hunt on public or private land. In order to purchase a Hawai‘i Hunting License, you must possess one of the following documents:
- a Hawai‘i Hunter Education Wallet Card, issued to graduates of our basic Hunter Education course; or
- a Non-resident Letter of Exemption. 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. You can request a letter on our license page.
If you have one of these documents, you can purchase a hunting license. A current-year Hawai‘i Wildlife Conservation Stamp is also required to hunt. The stamp must be endorsed across the front by the hunter and affixed to their hunting license in the space provided. If you are a disabled hunter, please review the vehicle permit application and the cross-bow permit application. 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.
Species & Regulations
Hunting Across Hawaiʻi
DOFAW-Managed Lands and Hunting
Explore the map below to see which lands managed by DOFAW are also designated as Public Hunting Areas or Game Management Areas. Note that this map shows the area boundaries as reflected in the 2015 administrative rules. For recent boundary changes (additions and removals) contact the DOFAW branch office near you.