By Lars Dalseide | August 17 2014 12:41

From the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources - Feral Goat, Sheep Control Permits Announced For Pu’u Wa’awa’a Forest Reserve-Makai And Mauka Sections

Feral Hawaiian Goat Hunts from Hook You Up Hunts
Feral Hawaiian Goat and Hunts - photo courtesy of Hook You Up Outfitters
Hilo, Hawaii - The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) is issuing permits for control of feral goats in the makai portion —and feral goat and feral sheep in the mauka portion —of the Pu‘u Wa‘awa‘a (PWW) Forest Reserve, pursuant to Title 13, Chapter 123, “Rules Regulating Game Mammal Hunting,”䅉-123-9, “Nuisance or crop damage.” These programs will be conducted on weekends only, in two phases.  Phase 1 will begin Sept. 20, 2014 – Oct. 19, 2014.  Phase 2 will begin Feb. 7, 2015 – Mar. 15, 2015. 

For PWW Makai (below Mamalahoa Highway), the program will be limited to archery for the first three (3) weekends of Phase 1, from Sept. 20, 2014 – Oct. 5, 2014 and the first four (4) weekends of Phase 2, from Feb. 7, 2015 – Mar. 1, 2015.  The program will be limited to muzzleloader for the last two weekends of Phase 1, from Oct. 11-19, 2014, and the last two (2) weekends of Phase 2, from Mar. 7-15, 2015.  The bag limit on goats for PWW Makai will be two (2) per hunter per day of the program.  Deboning is not allowed, but quartering feral goats is permissible with skin attached for identification purposes.  For safety purposes, a maximum of 50 permittees will be allowed in the PWW Makai section per day. 

For the PWW Makai, ARCHERY program, permits will be assigned for the FIRST day of the first weekend ONLY for both phases by telephone call-ins to the DLNR Division of Forestry and Wildlife office in Kamuela at (808) 887-6063 from 9 a.m. Aug. 27, 2014 to 10 a.m. Sept. 3, 2014.  A valid hunting license is required to apply for a permit.  A maximum of five permittees will be allowed per call and only one slot per hunter is allowed.  Participation for the remaining portion of the Makai Archery program will be on a first-come, first-served basis at the hunter check station on the day of program.

For permit assignments for both phases of the PWW Makai, MUZZLELOADER program, hunters will be selected through a random lottery drawing to be held on Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014 at the DLNR Hunter Education Building in Kamuela, HI.  A valid hunting license is required to apply for a permit.  The deadline for applications will be Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014.  Applications may be obtained at both the East and West Hawaii DOFAW offices OR online at dlnr.hawaii.gov/dofaw

For PWW Mauka (above Mamalahoa Highway), there will be two control programs in the safety zone.  The first program will be a non-typical ram/ewe hunt to take place during Phase 1.  The bag limit for the non-typical ram/ewe hunt will be two (2) non-typical rams and one (1) ewe per hunter per weekend.  The second program will be a typical ram incentive hunt, to take place during Phase 2.  The bag limit for typical rams will be one (1) ONLY AFTER one (1) non-typical ram has been harvested and checked-out by the same permittee.  There is no bag limit on feral goats for PWW Mauka during either program. Whole carcasses (entrails can be cleaned but with attached genitalia on carcass) need to be inspected at checkout.  For safety purposes, a maximum of 30 permittees will be allowed per day.

For permit assignments for both the PWW Mauka non-typical ram/ewe hunt and the typical ram incentive hunt, hunters will be selected through a random lottery drawing to be held on Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014 at the DLNR Hunter Education Building in Kamuela, HI.  A valid hunting license is required to apply for a permit.  The deadline for applications will be Wednesday, August 27, 2014.  Applications may be obtained at both the East and West Hawaii DOFAW offices OR online at dlnr.hawaii.gov/dofaw

 Applications must consist of a minimum of 1 and maximum of 5 licensed hunters.  Applicants interested in participating in the Makai MUZZLELOADER, Mauka NON-TYPICAL RAM/EWE, or the Mauka TYPICAL INCENTIVE programs must apply for each program separately.  Applicants may only submit their name once for the Makai MUZZLELOADER program, once for the Mauka NON-TYPICAL RAM/EWE program, and once for the Mauka TYPICAL INCENTIVE program.  Duplicate entries, after the first entry, will be discarded.  Results of the random lottery drawings will be made available at the West Hawaii DOFAW office, as well as online at dlnr.hawaii.gov/dofaw.  The lottery drawing for the Makai MUZZLELOADER program will assign a maximum of 50 permits per WEEKEND from applications received by the deadline.  The lottery drawings for BOTH Mauka ARCHERY programs will assign a maximum of 30 permits per WEEKEND drawn from all applications received by the deadline. 

Permittees are to check in at the Pu‘u Wa‘awa‘a check station between 5 a.m. and 2 p.m. and must be checked-out by 6 p.m.  Vehicle passes will be given at the hunter check station.  Stand-bys will be allowed after 10 a.m. as slots become available.  Non-permittees and ATVs are not allowed.

Further information may be obtained by contacting the Division of Forestry and Wildlife Offices in Hilo at (808) 974-4221 or in Kamuela at (808) 887-6063.

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