DLNR announces game bird hunting season

HONOLULU — The state Department of Land and Natural Resources recently announced the 2011-12 game bird hunting season opens Nov. 5. The fall game bird hunting season will run through Jan. 16, with legal hunting days on Saturdays, Sundays and state holidays.

All game bird hunting is regulated by Hawai‘i Administrative Rules Title 13, Chapter 122, Rules Regulating Game Bird Hunting — see Hunting in Hawai‘i. A valid hunting license only is required for all game bird hunting on public and private lands. No game bird stamp sales are allowed for hunting.

DLNR biologists are predicting a below average season of bird hunting, with lingering drought impacts in many parts of the state.

 Hunting units A, B, E, H and I on Kaua‘i will be open for the entire 2011-12 game bird hunting season. Game bird hunting in these areas will be permitted on Saturdays, Sundays and state holidays. Hunters planning to hunt in Unit I (Wailua Game Management Area) should review the hunting map at either Rice Gate or the Kondo Gate hunter check stations to find out which paddocks will be open to bird hunting. Wailua GMA maps are also available at the State Office building in Lihu‘e.

 Hunting unit F will be open to the hunting of game birds with archery equipment only during the regular season this year.

Waimea Heights special game bird hunting area will not open for the beginning of the season. State wildlife staff anticipate this area may be opened later in the season, as soon as the Cooperative Agreement for hunting is signed. Check back for a further news release.

Other private lands on the island of Kaua‘i are open to game bird hunting on Saturdays, Sundays and state holidays, with prior landowner permission in accordance with Chapter 13-122.

Visit www.hawaii.gov/dlnr for more information.

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