Game bird hunting season to run through mid-January

LIHU‘E — The state Department of Land and Natural Resources is reminding the public that the 2012–13 Game Bird Hunting will run through Jan. 21, with legal hunting days on Saturday, Sunday and state holidays. The season started Nov. 3.

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

A Dec. 31, 2007, appellate court ruling determined that no game bird stamp sales are allowed for hunting. A valid hunting license only is required for all game bird hunting on public and private lands.

All game bird hunting is regulated by Hawai‘i Administrative Rules Title 13, Chapter 122.

On Kaua‘i, hunting units B, E, F and I will be open for the entire 2012–13 Game Bird Hunting Season.

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 Lihu‘e State Office building.

Due to the recent forest fires this year and the subsequent high fire danger closure declaration set in July, access into Hunting Unit A will be limited to Trail 2 — Papa‘alai and Pu‘u ‘Opae sections only. Mana Tunnels Hunter Checking Station will also be open to provide makai access into Trail 2 and Pu‘u ‘Opae .  

Trail 2: Papa‘alai access consists of Kahelu ridge, Mana ridge, and Kolo ridge roads. Access into Pu‘u ‘Opae consist of the Marine, Pulehu ridge, and Kaunalewa ridge roads.  

All other access into Units A and J will remained closed until further notice. This include roads known as Trail 1, Lapa Loop, Ha‘ele‘ele ridge, Polihale ridge, Ka‘aweiki ridge, Kauhao ridge, 3,000 Foot Contour and Ditch Line.  

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

Due to the recent forest fires this year and the subsequent high fire danger closure declaration set in July, access into Hunting Unit H will be open to Makaha ridge road, Pine Forest drive, Nualolo, Nualolo cliff and ‘Awa‘awapuhi trails only. Access on Miloli‘i ridge road will be limited to foot only; there are no exceptions. The use of motorized and non-motorized vehicles including horseback on Miloli‘i ridge road is prohibited.

Hunting unit J will remain closed this season due to recent forest fires and subsequent high fire danger closure declaration set in July.

Waimea Heights special game bird hunting area will remain closed this year. Other private lands on Kaua‘i are open to game bird hunting on Saturdays, Sundays and state holidays, with landowner permission in accordance with Chapter 13-122.

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