Lānaʻi Axis Deer, Mouflon Mouflon Hunting Season Approaches

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Online applications for a 2022 Lānaʻi Axis Deer and Mouflon Sheep combined hunting season will be available from Monday January 10, 2022.

An application fee of $ 10 will be assessed for each person requesting the hunt. Registration fees are non-refundable even if the hunt is canceled or if you cannot participate. A game mammal tag fee will be charged at the time of hunter registration. Residents of Hawaii will be valued at $ 20 and non-residents of Hawaii at $ 125 for each Axis Deer and Bighorn Sheep tag. Payment methods accepted for mammalian game tags include debit cards, credit cards, and cash.

The DLNR Forestry and Wildlife Division (DOFAW) advises hunters to pay attention to announcements, instruction sheets and addenda as the COVID-19 pandemic may require modification, reprogramming, temporary postponement of the 2022 deer and bighorn sheep hunting season of the Lāna’i axis, restarted or canceled for health and / or safety reasons or for any other unforeseen reason.

All federal, state and county COVID-19 restrictions / guidelines apply and must be followed to participate in this hunt. Hunters will need to follow all guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

The 2022 Lāna’i Axis Deer and Bighorn Season will consist of four separate hunts. The four hunts will be the subject of a draw. There will be no pending hunting opportunities for all four hunts. Hunters selected at random will receive an application card / permit by mail indicating the date of the draw.

  • The archery hunt will take place over two nine-day periods and consist of two draws. Subject to a limited participation for non-residents of Lāna’i. The first raffle hunt will begin on May 14, 2022 and end on May 22, 2022. The second raffle hunt will begin on May 28, 2022 and end on June 5, 2022.
  • The youth hunt will be open from June 8 to 12, 2022 and is subject to limited participation for non-residents of Lānaʻi.
  • The muzzleloader hunt will be open from June 15 to 19, 2022 and is subject to limited participation for non-residents of Lānaʻi.
  • The General Rifle Hunt will run for 18 consecutive weeks and will be open Wednesday through Sunday, June 22, 2022 to October 23, 2022. The event is subject to limited attendance for non-residents of Lānaʻi.
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Assistant hunters will only be allowed to accompany senior (65 years or older) or disabled hunters. Appropriate documentation is required at the time of hunter registration.

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The 2022 Lāna’i Axis Deer and Bighorn Season will be a combined hunt. The bag limit for Axis deer will be three animals: two does and one deer of either sex.

Hunters will need to purchase two Doe Tags before they can purchase an Axis Deer Tag of both sexes. If conditions permit, doe bag limits will be increased and hunters will receive free doe tags after purchasing all initial tags.

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The bag limit for Mouflon sheep will be four: two ewes, one Mouflon sheep of both sexes and one atypical ram. Hunters will need to purchase two Sheep Tags before they can purchase a Mouflon Both Sexes sheep tag. A non-typical ram tag will be issued free of charge if a Mouflon sheep tag is purchased. All atypical ram heads must be properly disposed of in the field or at the Lānaʻi Hunters’ Checkpoint.

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Tags are not transferable and are only valid for the specific hunt for which they were issued.

Archers must register for this hunt by submitting a request. The group size for archery hunting will be eight hunters. Due to a new format for archery hunting, there will be a draw to allocate hunting dates for archery hunting. Hunters applying for archery hunting will be eligible to apply and may be able to participate in muzzleloading pistol hunting or general rifle hunting.

The Trails and Hunting mobile app and badge purchase may be available online at here, requiring hunters to only sign Pūlama Lānaʻi waiver forms at the checkpoint. Registration and tag purchase will continue to be available at Lānaʻi Hunter’s Checkpoint. The hours of operation of the control station can be changed depending on the levels of participation of the hunters and the options of registration / purchase of badges online. Archery hunters must leave the hunting area daily and report their catch or intention to hunt the next day provided their tags are not met.

Ax deer and bighorn sheep hunting opportunities for young hunters

Young hunters must be 15 years of age or younger on the date of the hunt, have a valid 2021-2022 or 2022-2023 Hawaii State Hunting License, and be accompanied by a non-hunter adult (18 years or older) who has a valid Hunting License 2021-22 or 2022-23 from the State of Hawaii. Young hunters must apply to participate in this hunt.

Young hunters will receive tags at the time of hunter registration. Tags are only valid for the specific hunt requested. Young hunters will be limited to carrying only one type of hunting equipment in the hunting area. Blaze orange is compulsory for all young people and accompanying adults.

Young hunters applying for the youth hunt will be eligible to apply and may be able to participate in archery and muzzleloader or general rifle hunting.

Interested hunters must apply for either Muzzleloading or General Rifle Hunting, but cannot apply for both. Group size for muzzle loading and general rifle hunting will be eight. Muzzleloading applicants will be automatically assigned on the scheduled date. General rifle hunting dates will be assigned by lot.

Application for hunting

Due to COVID-19, hunters will have to apply online for this hunt here. Select 2022 Lānaʻi Axis Deer and Mouflon Sheep Season. The deadline for submitting applications will be Friday 11 February 2022 at 4 p.m.

Public Archery and Youth Hunting and Muzzleloading Cannon draws will be held on Friday, March 11, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. at the DOFAW Maui Base Yard in Kahului, with limited public participation. . The General Rifle Hunt Lottery public draw will take place at noon at the location above. The public draw for Lānaʻi residents will take place at 9:00 am at the same location.

All eligible Youth, Muzzleloader and General Rifle participants must check in either the Tuesday before their assigned hunt date between 8:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. or Wednesday through Friday between 7:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. at the DOFAW office. in the town of Lānaʻi to certify hunter’s licenses and acquire their tags.

Hunter registration and harvest reports will be available through the OuterSpatial Trails and Hunting mobile app and tag purchase may be available online here, requiring hunters to only sign Pūlama Lānaʻi waiver forms at the checkpoint. Registration and tag purchase will also remain available at Lānaʻi Hunter’s Checkpoint. The hours of operation of the control station can be changed depending on the levels of participation of the hunters and the options of registration / purchase of badges online.

Once each hunter completes all assigned tags, they will not be eligible to participate for the remainder of the 2022 Lāna’i Axis Deer and Bighorn Season. Hunting units 1, 2 and 3 will be open for archery hunting. For the youth hunting season, the muzzle loader and general rifle, units 1 and 2 will be available for hunting Wednesday through Sunday.

More information for this season, or on the hunting program and the rules in general, is available online here. Hunters can also contact their local DOFAW office in Hilo at 808-974-4221.

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