Līhuʻe – Deer hunters can now apply to hunt as the DLNR Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW) announce the opening of the black-tailed deer hunting season on the island of Kaua‘i. Rules and conditions regulating game mammal hunting in Title 13, Chapter 123 will be in effect.
Unit L (WAIMEA HEIGHTS HUNTING AREA)
Unit L will be open to archery and muzzle-load hunting of black-tailed deer and feral pig. Maps showing the hunting area boundaries and hunter checking stations are available in the Līhu‘e DOFAW office and West Kaua‘i hunter checking stations and can be downloaded online.
ARCHERY ONLY SEASON: Resident archers interested in hunting in Units D, F, J, K and L for black-tailed deer will be charged $5.00 for their deer archery tag ($25.00 non-resident hunter). The deer archery season will be in Hunting Unit F, from September 4th through December 31, 2020 on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, Mondays and state holidays. Archery hunting in Unit J and K is from September 5th through December 31, 2020 on Saturday, Sundays and state holidays only. Unit L archery season will start on July 4th thru August 30, 2020 on Saturday and Sundays ONLY. Archery permits are now available in the Līhu‘e DOFAW office at 3060 ‘Eiwa St., Room 306. Hunters must present their 2020-21 Hawai‘i hunting license in order to obtain a deer archery permit.
MUZZLELOADER ONLY SEASON: The deer muzzleloader tag season will be in Hunting Units A, B and L on September 5-6, 2020. Kaua‘i residents may acquire their permits at the Līhu‘e DOFAW office at 3060 ‘Eiwa St., Rm. 306, and must present their 2020-21 Hawai‘i hunting license when obtaining their permit. Permits will be $5.00 for resident and $25.00 for non-residents.
REGULAR RIFLE SEASON: The regular rifle tag season for deer will be in Hunting Units A, B and Unit L for seven (7) consecutive weekends beginning on September 12th and ending October 25, 2020. Applications for the 2020 Kaua‘i Deer Rifle season are now available at all DOFAW offices, hunter check stations and participating hunting license dealers on the island of Kaua‘i. Each Hawai‘i resident hunter will be charged $15.00 which includes processing the lottery application and rifle tag ($30.00 for non-resident hunter). Each hunter applicant will be drawn for two (2) weekends; one weekend in Unit A or Unit L and one weekend in Unit B.
Hunting Units E-1, E-2 and H: Permits for year-round hunting of black-tailed deer in Units E-1, E-2 and H are now available in the Līhu‘e DOFAW office. The permit allows the taking of deer of either sex, feral pig and feral goat. There is a $10.00 annual fee for resident hunters and $25.00 for non-resident hunters.
The application deadline for the regular deer rifle tag season is 3:30 p.m. Friday, August 7, 2020. The public drawing will be held at the Līhu‘e State office building, second floor conference room 209 on Wednesday, August 12, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. Lottery results will not be given over the telephone. Hunters are encouraged to attend the open drawing to determine the results or wait for their validated tags to be mailed to them. The Līhu‘e DOFAW office will post the results after the drawing.
All other requirements contained in Chapter 123, “Rules Regulating Game Mammal Hunting” apply to the Kaua‘i deer hunting season. For more information, please call the nearest DOFAW 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