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DLNR Announces Lana`i Mouflon Sheep Hunting Season

Applications for the 2018 Lana‘i mouflon sheep hunting season, together with instruction sheets, will be available at all Department of Land and Natural Resource Division of Forestry and Wildlife offices statewide beginning Monday, March 19. Applicants may also apply online.

 A $10 application fee will be assessed for each person applying for the hunt.  This fee must accompany each application for the hunt at the time of filing.  Applications received without the required application fee will not be processed and will be returned to the applicant.  A tag fee will be assessed at the time of hunter check in.

Hawai‘i residents will be assessed $20 and non-Hawai‘i residents $125 for each sheep tag.  No fee will be assessed for the non-typical ram tag.  It is imperative that hunter applicants obtain and pay close attention to the hunt instruction sheet and addendum for any changes in the application process.

Pursuant to Title 13, Chapter 123,” Rules Regulating Game Mammal Hunting” (Section 13-123-4), Hawai‘i Administrative Rules (HAR), the following special conditions and procedures will be in effect for this hunt:

The 2018 Lana‘i mouflon sheep season will consist of four (4) hunts:

  • The Archery only hunt will be held over eight (8) consecutive days, beginning July 28, 2018 and ending on August 4, 2018.
  • The Youth hunt will be conducted for one (1) weekend (Saturday and Sunday), August 11 and 12, 2018.
  • The Muzzleloader hunt will be conducted for one (1) weekend (Saturday and Sunday), August 18 and 19, 2018.
  • The General Rifle hunt will be held over nine (9) consecutive weekends (Saturday and Sunday), beginning on August 25, 2018 and ending on October 21, 2018.

Hunter assistants will only be allowed to accompany hunters who are senior citizens (age 65 or older) or disabled.

The bag limit for the 2018 Lana‘i mouflon sheep season will be three (3) mouflon sheep (one (1) either sex, one (1) ewe and one (1) non-typical ram) per hunter per authorized hunt.  Hunters will be required to purchase an either sex tag and have the option of purchasing a ewe tag.  A non-typical ram tag will be issued at no charge.  All heads of non-typical rams (polled, deformed, muumuu) must be disposed of at the Lana‘i hunter check station.  Department of Land and Natural Resource personnel have final say on the non-typical ram designation.

There will be no lottery drawing of permits conducted for the Archery Only hunt and no limit on the number of archers who will be allowed to participate.  However, interested archers must apply for this hunt by applying for a permit.  Hunters participating in the Archery Only hunt will be allowed to apply for and participate in either the Muzzleloader huntor the General Rifle hunt lotteries.  Archery hunters may check in on the Friday preceding the first day of the hunt or daily throughout the hunt period during the check station hours listed below to validate permits and receive their tags.

  • Friday, July 27, 2018 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 28, 2018 to Saturday, August 4, 2018 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

All archery hunters must report their take or their intent to hunt the next day providing their tags remain unfilled.  Upon completion, archers must return their application cards to the Lana‘i hunter check station documenting, if applicable, number of animals taken, including sex and unit harvested.

Mouflon Hunting Opportunities for Youth Hunters:

  • Youth hunters must be 15 years of age or younger (Section 13-123-2, HAR), possess a valid 2018-19 State of Hawai‘i hunting license and be accompanied by a non-hunting adult (18 years of age or older) who also possesses a valid 2018-19 State of Hawai‘i hunting license.  Only the youth hunter will be required to submit an application.  A permit will be issued to the adult at the time of hunter check in.
  • Youth hunters will be issued tags at the time of hunter check in.  Tags are valid only for the type of hunt applied for.
  • A total of 175 youth hunters will be drawn for the weekend.  If the total application of youth hunters exceeds 175, a lottery will be conducted to establish going and standby positions.
  • Youth hunters will be limited to carry one (1) type of hunting equipment while in the hunting area.  Blaze orange is required for all youth hunters and accompanying adults.
  • One (1) adult may accompany one (1) youth for this hunt.
  • Youth hunters will also be allowed to apply for and participate in the archery only hunt and either the muzzleloader hunt or general rifle hunt.  Youth hunters must submit a separate application for each hunt.

Participation in the Muzzleloader hunt may be assigned by lottery if application levels exceed the allotted number of hunters allowed in the hunting area.  The General Rifle huntwill be assigned by lottery drawing.  Interested hunters may apply for either the Muzzleloader hunt lottery or the General Rifle hunt lottery, but may not apply for both.

Applications for all hunts may be submitted in-person or mailed, to the Maui Division of Forestry and Wildlife office, 1955 Main St., Rm. 301, Wailuku HI 96793.  Lana‘i residents only are to mail or deliver their applications to the Lana‘i Division of Forestry and Wildlife Office at 917 Fraser Ave., P.O. Box 630661, Lanai City, HI 96763.

To apply online for this hunt, click here. The DEADLINE for submitting applications will be 4 p.m. on Friday, April 20, 2018.  Interested hunters are encouraged to submit their application well before the application deadline to insure proper processing.

The public drawing to assign a going status, and if necessary, to establish stand-by positions for the Youth hunt and Muzzleloader hunt lottery may be held on Friday, June 1, 2018 at 11 a.m. at the Maui Economic Organization facility on the island of Maui.  The Lana‘i resident general rifle public drawing will be held at 9 a.m. at the same location.  At 12 noon, a public drawing to assign a going status, and if necessary, to establish stand-by positions for the General Rifle hunt lottery will be held.  Hunters who have been assigned a stand-by number, will be allowed to replace no-show hunters that do not check in on their assigned hunting date.

All eligible Youth, Muzzleloader and General Rifle participants must check in at the Forestry and Wildlife office in Lana‘i City to validate permits and receive their tags either on theFriday preceding their assigned hunting date, or on Saturday during the check station hours stated below.

  • Fridays: 12 noon to 8 p.m.
  • Saturdays: 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Stand-by hunters must be present at the Lana‘i City, Division of Forestry and Wildlife office at 6 p.m. on the Friday prior to their assigned hunting date to be eligible to replace no-show hunters.  Once each hunter fills their bag limit for the hunt applied for, they will not be eligible to participate for the remainder of the 2018 Lana‘i Mouflon Sheep season.  Both Hunting Unit 1 and 2 will be open to Archery, Youth, Muzzleloader, and General Rifle hunts.  Unit 3 will be open to Archery hunters only.

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