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BLACK-TAILED DEER HUNTING TO OPEN ON KAUA‘I

The Department of Land and Natural Resources announces the opening of a black-tailed deer hunting season on the island of Kaua‘i on selected weekends, beginning in the month of September.

The hunting seasons are as follows:

Archery only hunt
This hunt takes place Sept. 14 to November 30, 2002, weekends and state holidays, in Hunting Units F, J and K. Bag limit is one deer of either sex. Feral goats and feral pigs may be hunted in these hunting units.

Muzzle-loader only hunt.
This hunt takes place one weekend only, Sept. 14-15, 2002 in Hunting Units A and H. Bag limit is one deer of either sex. Feral goats and feral pigs will be closed to hunting in these units on that weekend.

Regular rifle hunt
This hunt takes place over six (6) consecutive weekends, Sept. 21 to Oct. 27, 2002 in Hunting Units A and H. Each hunter will be drawn for two (2) weekends, one weekend each in Unit A and Unit H. Bag limit in Unit A (buck only; 3 inch antler minimum), bag limit in Unit H (either sex).

Note: The bag limit will be one (1) deer per hunter for the 2002 Kaua‘i deer hunting season.

Fees, special rules and conditions:

The Kaua‘i Aquatic Life and Wildlife Advisory Committee met on March 7, 2002 to discuss hunting season changes and recommend the above listed seasons. The new hunting fees listed below were reviewed by the Hawai‘i Hunting Area Advisory Council, and subsequently approved by the Board of Land and Natural Resources on February 8, 2002. Pursuant to Title 13, Chapter 123 (13-123-4 and 5.1) "Rules Regulating Game Mammal Hunting," established fees and special rules and conditions will be in effect as follows:

Mail-in payments must be in the form of personal check or money order. No cash will be accepted through the mail. All qualified applicants will be issued permits and all application and tag fees are non-refundable.

Archery only season:
This year, resident archers interested in hunting in Units F, J and K for black-tailed deer will be charged a one time permit fee of $5.00 ($25.00 non-resident hunter). Kaua‘i archers may purchase their permits starting July10, 2002 at Lihu‘e Division of Forestry and Wildlife office at 3060 Eiwa St., Room 306. Hunters must present their 2002-03 Hawai‘i Hunting License when purchasing the archery permit. Another person may pick up your permit, but must present your license for you. Neighbor island archers may pick up an application form at the DOFAW office on their island and mail it in with the correct fee. Specific instructions are on the application form. Validated archery permits will be mailed to each hunter after payment has been received.


Archery hunters may either check-in at the Waimea Heights or Koke‘e Hunter Checking Stations. Archery equipment used must conform to Chapter 13-123-22(b) rules (6) and (7). A successful archer who has bagged his/her deer will have filled their bag limit, and is ineligible to hunt deer by any other method or season. However, archers may continue to hunt in Units F, J and K for pig and goat through the duration of the deer archery season. The bag limit will be one pig and one goat per hunter per hunting day.

Muzzle loader only season:
Starting this year, Hawai‘i residents participating in the muzzle-loader only deer season on Kaua‘i will be assessed a $5.00 fee ($25.00 non-resident hunter) for their permit to hunt with a muzzle-loading rifle in Units A and H.

Kaua‘i residents may purchase their permits starting July 10, 2002 at the Lihu‘e DOFAW office at 3060 Eiwa St., Rm. 306, Lihu‘e and must present their 2002-03 Hawai‘i Hunting license when purchasing their permit. Another person may pick up the permit for you, but he must present your hunting license to do so. Kaua‘i muzzle-load hunters have until 4:00 p.m. Friday, September 13, 2002 to pick up their permits. Neighbor island muzzle-load hunters may pick up an application form at the DOFAW office on their island. Application forms must be completed and mailed with the appropriate fee to the Kauai DOFAW office before the deadline of Friday, September 6, 2002. Validated muzzle-loader permits will be mailed to off-island hunters provided their applications are correctly filled out and the appropriate fees attached. Feral goats and feral pigs will be closed to hunting during the deer muzzle-loader only season.

Regular rifle season:
Effective for this season, all applications for the regular rifle hunt will be assessed a $5.00 application fee. Permit (tag) fees are also required and must be submitted with each application. Hawaii residents will be charged $10.00 and non-residents will be charged $25.00 for their respective tags. Total fees will be $15.00 per resident hunter and $30.00 per non-resident hunter.

The regular rifle season for deer will be in Units A and H for six consecutive weekends beginning on September 21 and ending October 27, 2002. As with last year, each hunter applicant will be drawn for two weekends: one weekend in Hunting Unit A, and another weekend in Unit H. Only antlered bucks may be taken in Unit A, but either antlered or non-antlered deer may be taken in Unit H during the rifle season. Unit A hunters may check-in and out either at Koke‘e, Kekaha or Mana Tunnels Hunter Checking Stations. Unit H hunters must use the Makaha Ridge Hunter Checking Station. A successful hunter who has bagged a deer will have filled his/her bag limit, and is ineligible to hunt deer by any other method or season. They may however accompany their hunting group into the area without a hunting arm as a non-hunter. Feral goat and feral pig will be closed to hunting during the deer rifle season.

The use of dogs is prohibited in any area open to deer hunting which includes Hunting Units A, F, H, J and K. There will be no make-up weekends or standby permits. Transferring of permit-tags between hunters will not be permitted.

Applications for the 2002 Kauai Deer Rifle season are available at all Division of Forestry and Wildlife offices and participating hunting license dealers on the island of Kauai. The application deadline for the general rifle tag season for deer is 4:00 p.m. Wednesday, August 7, 2002. The public drawing will be held at the Lihue State Office Building, Second floor Conference room on Wednesday, August 21, 2002 at 4:00 p.m.

Due to the large number of telephone calls requesting the drawing results, this information will no longer 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 Lihue Division of Forestry and Wildlife Office will post the results after the August 21st public drawing.

All deer hunters (archery, muzzle-loader and regular rifle) are required to carry their deer permit/tag and hunting license on their person at all times while in the hunting area. Their permit/tag must be fastened to the carcass immediately after taking a deer. 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 allowed in the hunting area however, hunters will be allowed to half or quarter their animal. Successful hunters are asked to bring their deer to the Kokee Hunter Checking Station for weighing and examination.

All other requirements contained in Chapter 123, "Rules Regulating Game Mammal Hunting" apply to the Kauai Black-tailed deer hunting season including requirements for a blaze-orange hunting garment (Unit A and H hunters only), signing in and out at a hunter checking station, observing legal hunting hours, safety zones and lawful transportation of firearms.

Additional information may be obtained at any Division of Forestry and Wildlife Offices or by calling the following telephone numbers:

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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