Waimea feral goat hunt on

LIHU‘E — The storm that pounded Kaua‘i in the last two weeks was not enough to deter feral goat hunters on the island’s Westside.

On March 3, the Division of Forestry and Wildlife of the state Department of Land and Natural Resources (DNLR) opened the muzzleloader period for feral goat control in Unit F in the lower Waimea Canyon. Hunting is allowed only on weekends and state holidays.

“Despite the weather and poor hunting conditions, DOFAW staff recorded 50 hunter trips with 26 animals taken,” DLNR outreach coordinator Laura Stevens said Tuesday.

Hunter access to Unit F is permitted through Waimea Valley, according to the DLNR. Volunteers are required to check in and out at the Waimea Valley, Waimea Heights, Mango Tree or Koke‘e hunter check stations.

The muzzleloader period will last through April 29. On May 5, the archery-only period begins.

The same rules apply to hunters using archery. Interested hunters must sow a valid hunting license and are required to sign an animal control permit at the DLNR DOFAW office in Room 306 at 3060 ‘Eiwa St. in Lihu‘e.

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