Black-Tailed Deer Season to Open on Kaua‘i

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Deer hunters can now apply for permits ahead of the opening of the 2019 black-tailed deer hunting season on Kaua‘i.

Rules and conditions regulating game mammal hunting in Title 13, Chapter 123 will be in effect, the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR), Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW), announced on June 5, 2019.


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 at the Līhuʻe DOFAW office and west Kaua‘i hunter checking stations.


ARCHERY ONLY SEASON: Resident archers interested in hunting in Units D, F, J, K and L for black-tailed deer will be charged $5 for their deer archery tag ($25 non-resident hunter). The deer archery season will be in Hunting Unit F, from Sept. 1 through Dec. 31 on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, Mondays and state holidays. Archery hunting in Unit J and K is from Sept. 1 through Dec.31 on Saturday, Sundays and state holidays only. Unit L archery season will start on July 1 through Aug. 31 on Saturday and Sundays only. Archery permits are now available in the Līhuʻe DOFAW office at 3060 ‘Eiwa St., Room 306. Hunters must present their 2019-20 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 Sept.7 and 8. Kaua‘i residents may acquire their permits at the Līhuʻe DOFAW office at 3060 ‘Eiwa St., Room 306, and must present their 2019-20 Hawai‘i hunting license when obtaining their permit. Permits will be $5 for resident and $25 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 Sept. 14 and ending Oct. 28. Applications for the 2019 Kaua‘i Deer Rifle season are now available at all DOFAW offices and participating hunting license dealers on the island of Kaua‘i. Each Hawai‘i resident hunter will be charged $15, which includes processing the lottery application and rifle tag ($30 for non-resident hunter). Each hunter applicant will be drawn for two 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 Līhuʻe DOFAW office. The permit allows the taking of deer of either sex, feral pig and feral goat. There is a $10 annual fee for resident hunters and $25 for non-resident hunters.

The application deadline for the regular deer rifle tag season is 3:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2. The public drawing will be held at the Līhuʻe State office building, second floor conference room 209 on Wednesday, Aug. 17, at 4 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 Līhuʻe DOFAW office will post the results after the drawing.


For additional details on 2019 black-tailed deer hunting rules on Kaua’i, click here.

For hunt details, go to the DOFAW website.

For more information, Big Island residents can call DOFAW in Hilo at (808) 933-4221; in Kamuela at (808) 887-6063.

Or call the nearest DOFAW office on your island:

  • Kaua‘i: (808) 274-3433
  • O‘ahu: (808) 587-0166
  • Maui: (808) 984-8100
  • Moloka‘i: (808) 533-1745
  • Lāna‘i: (808) 565-7916

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