DLNR Announces Start Dates for Archery, Bearded Turkey Hunting

The Department of Land and Natural Resources has announced that the opening of archery hunting in Puuanahulu Game Management Area will begin on Saturday, March 3 and continuing on weekends and state holidays through Sunday, June 24. Annual closure of the archery season in this GMA will be from July through February.

In addition, the opening of the 2018 spring bearded turkey hunting season has been announced to begin on Thursday, March. The spring season for bearded turkey will run for 46 consecutive days through Sunday, April 15, 2018

Archery Hunting

Season length, bag limits, and hunting areas are those established in Title 13, Chapter 123, “Rules Regulating Game Mammal Hunting.”

The following conditions and restrictions will apply for the hunt:

  • The daily bag limit will be one pig of either sex, one male sheep (ram), and two goats (any sex) per hunter per day. These are also the season limits for each species.
  • Hunters will need to obtain 2018 ram and goat tags to legally hunt in this area.  Tags may be obtained from any Hawai‘i island Division of Forestry and Wildlife office.  Sheep and goat tag fees will be $10/ tag for residents and $25/tag for non-residents.
  • Hunters must be in possession of an unused 2018 ram or goat tag to continue hunting in the area.  The harvest tags will not be transferable and must be placed through the hind leg of the animal immediately after each kill.
  • ATVs will be allowed in the area and must remain on designated roads.

Bearded Turkey

The spring season will be for bearded turkeys only, in locations identified below. The season length, bag limits, and hunting areas are those established in Title 13, Chapter 122, “Rules Regulating Game Bird Hunting, Field Trials and Commercial Shooting Preserves.

The daily bag limit will be three bearded turkeys per hunter with a season bag limit of three.  All hunters are required to have a current unused turkey tag in their possession while hunting.  Tags are currently $5/tag for residents and $20/tag for non-residents.  Turkey tags are nontransferable and must be fastened with snaps and secured tightly around the neck or tarsus of any bird taken immediately after the kill.  Tags may be obtained from any Hawai‘i island Division of Forestry and Wildlife office and a number of commercial vendors.  Hunters must present current State of Hawai‘i hunting license with a current game bird stamp when obtaining tags.  Turkey tags are also required to hunt on private land.

Game law violations or any suspicious activity should be reported to the Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement at (808) 974-6208 in Hilo.  After hours and on weekends and holidays, calls may be made toll-free to Department of Land and Natural Resources enforcement at 643-DLNR (643-3567).  The area may be closed to hunting and other public access at any time due to wildland fire or fire hazard.