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Hawaii DLNR announces limited 2012 black-tailed deer hunting season on Kaua'i

Tags available starting Monday July 16

LIHU‘E — The Department of Land and Natural Resources announces the opening of a limited blacktailed deer hunting season for 2012 on the island of Kaua‘i. Application and tag fees for the 2012 Kaua‘i deer hunting season will be waived.

Due to the recent fire closure declaration issued in Hunting Units A and J on Kaua‘i, deer hunting will be canceled in those units until conditions improve and the fire closure declaration is lifted. Hunting Units F, K, and H will remain open as scheduled for deer hunting and will not be affected by the fire closure declaration.

ARCHERY ONLY SEASON: The deer archery season will be limited to Hunting Units F and K only from September 15 through October 28, 2012, on Saturday, Sundays and State Holidays only. Archery permits will be available starting Monday, July16, 2012, in the Lihu‘e Division of Forestry and Wildlife office at 3060 ‘Eiwa St., Room 306. Hunters must present their 2012-13 Hawai‘i Hunting License in order to obtain a deer archery permit. Another person may pick up a hunter’s permit but must present the hunter’s license. Hunter may check-in either at Unit F, Mango tree and Koke‘e Hunter Checking Stations (HCS).

MUZZLELOADER ONLY SEASON: The deer muzzleloader hunting will be limited to Hunting Unit H only on September 15-16, 2012. Kaua‘i residents may acquire their permits/tags starting Monday, July 16, 2012, at the Lihu‘e DOFAW office at 3060 ‘Eiwa St., Rm. 306, and must present their 2012-13 Hawai‘i hunting license when obtaining their permit. Another person may pick up a hunter’s permit but must present the hunter’s license. Hunters may check-in either at Koke‘e or Makaha Ridge HCS. Kekaha and Mana Tunnels HCSs will be closed for use this season

REGULAR RIFLE SEASON: The deer rifle tag season will be limited to Hunting Unit H only for six (6) consecutive weekends beginning on September 22 and ending October 28, 2012. Applications for the 2012 Kaua‘i Deer Rifle season are now available at all Division of Forestry and Wildlife offices and participating hunting license dealers on the island of Kaua‘i. Each hunter applicant will be drawn for one rifle weekend.

The application deadline for the regular deer rifle tag season is 3:30 p.m. Monday, August 13, 2012.

The public drawing will be held at the Lihu‘e State Office Building second floor conference room 209 on Monday, August 20, 2012, at 4 p.m. Lottery results will not be given over the telephone. Hunters are encouraged to attend the public drawing to determine the results, or wait for their validated tags to be mailed to them. The Lihu‘e Division of Forestry and Wildlife office will post the results after the public drawing.

Neighbor island hunters may pick up an application at the DOFAW office on their island and mail it in. Specific instructions are on the application form. Validated tag/permits will be mailed to each hunter provided their applications are correctly filled out.

The bag limit will be one (1) antlered deer, three inch antler minimum per hunter per license year. Pig hunting will be limited to hunters possessing a valid Unit H deer muzzleloader permit/tag. Bag limit is one pig per hunter per day. A successful hunter who has bagged a deer will have filled their deer season bag limit, but may accompany their hunting group without a firearm for the duration of the rifle and muzzleloader seasons. The use of dogs is prohibited during the deer hunting season.

All deer hunters (archery, muzzle-loader and regular rifle) are required to carry their deer permit/tag and valid hunting license on their person at all times while in the hunting area. Deer tags are non-transferable between hunters. There will be no make-up weekends or standby permits. Deer tag(s) must be fastened to the carcass immediately after taking a deer. Successful deer hunters are to bring their animal carcass to the Koke‘e Hunter Check Station for weighing and examination. All hunters shall be required to preserve their game in a condition that will enable the identification of sex and species. No skinning or boning of deer carcasses will be permitted in any hunting area. However, hunters will be allowed to half or quarter their animal.

Rules and conditions regulating game mammal hunting in Title 13, Chapter 123 will be in effect. For hunt details go to the Division of Forestry and Wildlife website at For more information, please call the nearest Division of Forestry and Wildlife office on your island: Kaua‘i 274-3433 O‘ahu 587-0166 Maui 984-8100 Moloka‘i 533-1745 Lana‘i 565-7916 Hilo 933-4221 Kamuela 887-6063

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