Kaua‘i temporarily adds hunting days for COVID19 response

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    The state is proposing a trial archery pig-hunting program for Nounou Mountain, also known as Sleeping Giant, in Wailua.

LIHU‘E – Kaua‘i hunters are invited to apply for special use permits to hunt goats, pigs, and deer on closed hunting days in State Forest Reserves, Natural Area Reserves, and Game Management Areas. Usually, most hunting areas on Kaua‘i are open only weekends (Friday-Monday).

Beginning on Monday, May 18, people who want to hunt on closed days can submit an online application at www.KauaiForestUsers.com. Call 808-274-3433 for help in filling out online applications and the overall process that is entirely digital. Permits will be processed several times a week.

“Hunters have asked us to increase open hunting days to help them feed our community,” said Sheri S. Mann, Kaua‘i Branch Manager for the DLNR Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW). “With so many people out of work, and concerns about national meat shortages, it is likely many folks are interested in hunting during the middle of the week. We want hunters to practice social distancing recommendations. Opening up daily hunting should spread hunting trips out and reduce the likelihood of overlaps.”

DOFAW will be collecting detailed hunter harvest data so it can evaluate what impact weekday hunting may have on animal populations and their impacts to native forests and rare species.

All existing rules covering seasons, bag limits, or numbers of take and type of game mammals allowable in a unit remain the same.

The new forest user website allows people to send questions and comments directly to the Kaua‘i DOFAW branch. It will also have information about proposed or ongoing projects. The website includes an interactive map and projects organized by region. It also contains information on native plants and animals, trails, and land management classifications. DOFAW lands on Kaua‘i span over a third of the island.

Applicants must have a current hunters license and permits will be issued for a one-month period, with opportunity to reapply for future months after submitting harvest data.

  1. Jake May 15, 2020 2:41 am Reply

    What a joke. Drive your pickup to COSTCO and spend a few dollars on food.

    “I would rather spend 12 hours running around the woods, with a gun, shoot a pig, drag it a mile or two, clean it, cook it,….. than drive to the market”. SMH

    Total BS. You could have gotten paid, for something, for the equivalent time.

    Just what I want running around the woods…..more idiots with guns.

    1. Tiffany May 15, 2020 10:40 pm Reply

      Jake you seem to have little respect for sustainability and culture. Not to mention lack of respect categorizing hunters into a class of idiots. I’m guessing the people issuing permits are idiots in your eyes as well?

  2. Tom May 15, 2020 3:49 pm Reply

    Seriously!!? Temprarily??? Are you a real newspaper??

  3. Tommy May 15, 2020 5:00 pm Reply

    Sounds like Jake has no idea our heritage,
    He probably would rather save time to watch more golf and keep his kids from eating more glue.
    Sounds like Jake needs to move back to wherever she came from.
    Or take his wife’s heels off and hike nounou trail to see how bad the pigs are destroying the forest . Just what I need while running around the woods with my bow , more jakes driving to cosco!

  4. Jake is a Liberal May 15, 2020 7:13 pm Reply

    Hunting is tradition on Hawaiian Lands,.
    Jake is from LA ,.
    Home of the famous Lands of Transexuals on drugs

  5. Christine Tanner May 16, 2020 3:12 am Reply

    Yes, they could have spent the day in artificial lighting and recycled air, sitting on their butt working a computer all day. The hunters are the only thing standing between us and bring overrun by introduced species, not to mention that the animal lived a natural life before becoming dinner, unlike the ‘sad pig’ I refuse to eat. Dont get me wrong, I like meat, but not from an animal whose whole life was torture. But hey, head on down to Costco for some ‘sad pig’. Better hope the barges keep coming.

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