WAIMEA — Biologists with the Department of Land and Natural Resources are predicting a below-average season of bird hunting, with lingering drought impacts throughout the state.
The fall game bird hunting season opens Nov. 5 and will run through Jan. 29. A valid hunting license and a game bird stamp are required for all game bird hunting on public and private lands.
On Kauai, Hunting Units A, B, E, H and I will be open for the entire 2016-17 game bird hunting season. Game bird hunting will be permitted on Saturdays, Sundays, Mondays 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 Lihue.
Hunting Unit J will be open to game bird hunting using archery equipment only during the regular season on weekends, Mondays and state holidays.
New Hunting Unit L — formerly Waimea Heights Special Game Bird Hunting Area — will be open during the regular season on Saturdays and Sundays only. Access is not allowed through safety zones surrounding Unit L. Access from the bottom will be restricted to the Paua Valley roadway (Kokee Road checking station) only. No other makai ingress/egress routes will be permitted.
For more information and maps on the new hunting Unit L, inquire with the Lihue DOFAW office at 274-3433.
Other private lands on Kauai are open to game bird hunting on Saturdays, Sundays and state holidays, with landowner permission, in accordance with Chapter 13-122.
All game bird hunters should be familiar with Title 13, Chapter 122 “Rules Regulating Game Bird Hunting.” Hunters are required to check in and out at established hunter check stations, and first obtain permission from landowners when seeking to hunt on private land.
Report game law violators to the Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement by calling 643-DLNR (3567). For more information, call the Division of Forestry and Wildlife offices: Kauai, 274-3433; Oahu, 587-0166; Maui, 984-8100; Molokai, 553-1745; Lanai, 565-7916; Hilo, 974-4221; and Kamuela, 887-6063.