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Hawaii Game Bird Hunting Opens on the Big Island at Kahua & Ponoholo Ranch Dec 22

Submitted by:  Backcountry Press Outdoor News 
Posted on: 12/20/18

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During this season, the areas open for hunting may change on a weekly basis as cattle operations are actively taking place. Maps of available hunting areas will be handed out at the Von Holt Memorial Hunter Check Station each day of the hunt. Inclement weather may also prevent access to the hunting area. Please call the DOFAW office in Kamuela (808-887-6063), if there are concerns that hunting may be cancelled because of weather.

Game bird species include:
  • Cattle egret pictured (most of the larger islands)
  • Wild turkey (Hawaii, Lanai, Maui, Molokai, and Niihau)
  • Kalij Pheasants (Hawaii, Kona and Oahu)
  • Gambel's quail (Lanai and Kahoolawe)
  • Chukar (all main islands from Kauai eastward, except Oahu)
  • Black francolin (Hawaii, Kauai, Maui, and Molokai)

A valid hunting license and game bird stamp is required for all game bird hunting on public and private lands. All game bird hunting is regulated by Hawaii Administrative Rules (see

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News # 12127
The Department of Land and Natural Resources Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW) announces the opening of the 2018 – 2019 Game Bird Hunting Season at the Kahua/Ponoholo Ranch Cooperative Game Management Area on the Big Island on Saturday, December 22, 2018.

The game bird hunting season will run through Sunday, January 27, 2019, with legal hunting days on Saturdays and Sundays only. 

The hunting area will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. All hunters must be checked out of the area by 5:00 p.m. as the gates will be locked at that time.

Hawaii Game Bird Hunting Opens on the Big Island at Kahua & Ponoholo Ranch Dec 22