Hunt Hawaiʻi Island
All hunting on Hawaiʻi Island and in the State of Hawaiʻi is guided by the Rules Regulating Game Bird Hunting, Field Trials, and Commercial Shooting Preserves under Chapter 13-122 and the Rules Regulating Game Mammal Hunting under Chapter 13-123. For information on Hunter Education, hunting licenses, or other issues, visit the statewide Hunting Homepage.
In addition to the information on this page, check the Hunting Announcements page for recent announcements. Many of our statewide announcements have island-specific details.
Apply for Hunts & Contact the Hawaiʻi Island Forestry & Wildlife Office
Hunters can apply for hunts and purchase tags and permits online at the links below.
Click here for the 2023 Puʻu Waʻawaʻa Mauka Archery Ungulate Control Program Notice
Click here for the 2023 Puʻu Waʻawaʻa Mauka Archery Ungulate Control Program Application
Hunters can now view the lottery results for the 2023 Puʻu Waʻawaʻa hunt by clicking here.
For the best hunting experience, please contact the local office of the Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW) prior to your hunt. 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.
Game Birds on Hawaiʻi Island
Melanistic Mutant (Blue) Pheasant
Peafowl (Kapapala and Puʻu Waʻawaʻa only)
Game Mammals on Hawaiʻi Island
Feral Sheep (By lottery, tags or permits required)
Mouflon-feral hybrid sheep (By lottery, tags or permits required)
Downloadable Hunting Maps for Hawaiʻi Island
Click below to find PDF versions of Public Hunting Area units that you can print and take with you. Note that unit boundaries and closures may have changed since the creation of these maps. Contact your local DOFAW branch office for updates.
Public Hunting Areas on Hawaiʻi Island
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 (area additions and removals) contact the DOFAW branch office near you. The map also shows safety zones and areas that are closed or where no hunting is allowed. Click the arrows in the top lefthand corner of the map to see the legend.
DOFAW operates six Game Management Areas (GMAs) on Hawaiʻi Island:
- Kapāpala GMA
- Puʻu Anahulu GMA
- Kaʻohe GMA
- Kahua/Ponoholo Ranch GMA
- Mauna Kea Forest Reserve / GMA
- Mauna Loa Forest Reserve / GMA.