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DLNR Implements Phase Two of Feral Goat and Sheep Program

January 30, 2015, 11:03 AM HST
* Updated January 30, 11:55 AM
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Implementation of the Department of Land and Natural Resources Division of Forestry and Wildlife’s Phase 2 of ungulate control programs in the Pu’u Wa’awa’a Forest Reserve Forest is set to begin in February.

Three programs, PWW Makai Archery, PWW Makai Muzzleloader, and PWW Mauka Typical Ram Incentive are part of the Title 13, Chapter 123,”Rules Regulating Game Mammal Hunting,” 13-123-9 “Nuisance or crop damage” phase and will take place on weekends beginning Feb. 7 and running through March 15.

Permit assignments were selected through random drawing at the DLNR Hunter Education Building for the PWW Makai Muzzleloader and the PWW Mauka Typical Ram Incentive programs on Sept. 10, 2014.

The results of the drawings can be viewed at the DNLR website.

Officials say that the PWW Makai Archery program will take place during the first four weekends of Phase 2, between Feb. 7 and March 1.

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During the last two weekends of Phase 2, between March 7 and March 15, officials say the PWW Makai Muzzleloader program will take place.

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Both PWW Makai programs have a bag limit of two goats per hunter per day of the program. Deboning is not allowed, however, quartering feral goats is allowed as long as the skin remains attached for identification purposes.

A maximum of 50 hunters will be allowed in each PWW Makai section per day.

The PWW Mauka Typical Ram Incentive will have a season bag limit of one typical ram, and only after one non-typical ram has been hunted and check-out by the same hunter.

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No bag limit will be placed on feral goats for PWW Mauka during either program.

Upon check-ou,t whole carcasses need to be inspected. For the purpose of safety, only 30 hunters will be allowed in the area per day.

Individuals who were not selected for the Typical Ram Incentive program, as well as those were selected but who are unable to hunt on their assigned weekend, can stand-by on a first-come-first-serve basis as space is available in the hunting area.

Only one trip can be made by stand-bys throughout the entire program.

Check-in for permittees is at the Pu’u wa’awa’a check-in station between 5 a.m. and 2 p.m., and check-out at the same station must be by 6 p.m.

Vehicle passes will be given to hunters at the check-in station. Individuals on stand-by will be allowed as slots become available, after 9 a.m.

Both individuals who do not have a permit and ATVs are not allowed on the hunting sites.

Additional information can be obtained by contacting the DOFAW Office at (808) 887-6063

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