Game bird hunting season expected to be average, runs through Jan. 20

The 2013-2014 game bird hunting season began Nov. 2 and runs through Jan. 20 with legal hunting days on Saturdays, Sundays and state holidays, the state Department of Land and Natural Resources announced.

Game bird hunting is permitted on Maui, Molokai and Lanai with each island having one or more state-designated public hunting areas, also known as hunting units.

Game bird hunting opportunities also may be available on private lands, DLNR said.

This year, DLNR biologists are predicting an “average” season of bird hunting, due to the easing of drought conditions in many parts of the state.

A valid hunting license only is required for game bird hunting on public and private lands. No game bird stamp sales are allowed for hunting.

All game bird hunting is regulated by Hawaii Administrative Rules Title 13, Chapter 122, which may be viewed on the website

For Maui, the Kula Forest Reserve and Cooperative Lease Area, hunting Unit C; Kahakuloa and West Maui Forest Reserve, Unit F; and Kahakuloa Natural Area Reserve, Unit N, are open to game bird hunting on the designated days.

Game mammal hunting will be closed in the Kula Forest Reserve during game bird hunting days and in the other two units until Jan. 20. Mammal hunting will commence in the latter two units on Jan. 25.

The Molokai Forest Reserve, Units C, D and E, will be open through the season. Game mammal hunting will be closed through January.

On Lanai, Cooperative GMA, Units 1 to 3, will be open during the season on legal hunting days. There are special conditions – Access to Unit 3 will be only by the main perimeter roads; abandoned field plot roads are closed for safety reasons. Hunters are reminded that no hunter vehicle access or parking will be allowed on Polihua Road, Kaumalapau Highway or Keomuku Highway. The only exception is the use of Polihua Road to access Kaena and No. 7 roads.

Hunting on privately owned lands is open through the season on legal hunting days with landowner permission.

Hunters will be required to check in and out at established check stations.

Report game law violators to the Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement by calling (808) 643-3567. For more information, contact Division of Forestry & Wildlife offices on Maui, 984-8100; Molokai, (808) 553-1745; and Lanai, (808) 565-7916.