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Bearded Turkey Season Begins on Big Island

February 27, 2018, 4:59 PM HST (Updated February 27, 2018, 5:02 PM)
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The Department of Land and Natural Resources announces the opening of the 2018 spring bearded turkey hunting season on Hawai‘i Island on Thursday, March 1, 2018.

The spring season will run for 46 consecutive days through Sunday, April 15, 2018.

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.

Open Turkey Hunting AreasSpecial ConditionsSeason DatesHunting Hours
Unit A – Mauna Kea Forest Reserve and GMAMammal hunting will also be open above treeline for rifle, muzzleloader, handgun, and shotgun.March 1–April 15, 2018      (46 consecutive days)One-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset
Unit G – Ka‘ohe GMAAlso open daily to mammal hunting for archery.
Unit F – Pu‘u Wa‘awa‘a Forest ReserveN/A
Private LandsHunters required to have valid hunting license, current turkey tags and landowner permission

Bag Limits and Tags

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.

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Information may be obtained by contacting Division of Forestry and Wildlife offices at the following phone numbers:

Hilo: (808) 974-4221

Kamuela: (808) 887-6063

Main office in Honolulu: (808) 587-0166.

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