Hawaii Deer News

Rules spell out fines for introducing wildlife May 14, 2015 Hawaii, Hawaii Tribune-Herald
...  fines up to $25,000 and seizure of equipment, aircraft, vehicles and vessels used in the violation.  The introduction of axis deer on the Big Island in 2009 by a Big Island hunter and rancher and a Maui pilot spurred the rule change ...

New rule means $25,000 fine for introducing wildlife May 14, 2015 Hawaii, Hawaii News Now
... the state's land management officials drafted the law in response to axis deer that were put on the Big Island in 2009 by a local hunter and a Maui pilot...

... “The fence installation is proposed to keep feral and introduced animals (feral goats, feral pigs, feral dogs, axis deer, and cattle) out of known ʻuaʻu habitat and to facilitate habitat restoration within the exclosure...

Lawsuit Discmissed December 18, 2014 HawaiiTribune-hHerald.com
... dismissed a lawsuit that sought to exempt state employees and contractors from county and state laws banning aerial hunting.  The ruling by Hilo Circuit Judge Glenn Hara thwarts state plans, at least for now, to conduct aerial hunting of feral ungulates such as ... axis deer beyond critical habitat of the native palila bird on Mauna Kea ...

State sues Hawaii County over aerial hunting ban November 11, 2012 Hawaii, Honolulu Star-Advertiser
... The Office of Attorney General David Louie last week filed a lawsuit ... Eradication of feral sheep, goats, swine, cattle and axis deer is necessary to protect habitat, according to the lawsuit, and state officials want to kill unwanted species from the air...

Lānaʻi Axis Deer Hunting Applications Available October 21, 2014 Hawaii, Maul Now 
... Due to a Dec. 31, 2007 appellate court ruling, application fees for the 2015 Lānaʻi Axis deer season have been waived.  Pending approval of rules regulating game mammal hunting, tag fees may be implemented for this hunt. [Three hunts: Archery only, Muzzleloader, Rifle] ...

Abercrombie releases natural resources projects money October 21, 2014 Hawaii, West Hawaii Today
... $3,000,000 – Watershed Initiative, statewide – Construction funds for fencing to protect forest lands and watersheds from non-native cattle, goats, pigs and deer at the Alakai Wilderness Preserve on Kauai, along with the Ewa Forest Reserve, Kaluanui Natural Area Reserve and Kaala Natural Area Reserve on Oahu...

... State Farm puts the odds at 1 in 10,281 for Hawai‘i drivers ...our state’s low numbers contrast with the national average of a 1 out of 169 for the rest of the country...

CA Lohr, CA Lepczyk, ED Johnson - Environmental Management 2014
... The desired abundance of game differed significantly among stakeholders, species, and islands. The desired abundance scores were higher for axis deer, mouflon, and turkeys compared to pigs, goats or doves. Enjoyment at seeing game and the cultural value of game were widespread explanatory variables for desired abundance... Given our findings we recommend managers design separate management plans for each island taking into consideration the values of residents...

DLNR announces black-tailed deer season July 27, 2014 Hawaii, The Garden Island
... the opening of black-tailed deer hunting season on Kauai. Due to the Appellate Court ruling, each hunter will be permitted to take only one antlered buck deer (3-inch antler minimum) [a strategy designed to maintain the herd] ...

... The University of Hawaii Maui College's Office of Continuing Education and Training, in conjunction with the Sustainable Living Institute of Maui and EdVenture, is offering a three-part course to help interested students explore the feasibility of developing an axis deer byproducts operation...

Maui Axis Deer: Exploring Solutions to a Growing Problem - June 25, 2014



Maui axis deer numbers cut by 2,500, group says May 10, 2014 Hawaii, Honolulu Star Advertiser
... Axis deer are native to South Asia. The state brought a few deer to Maui in the 1950s to expand hunting opportunities for veterans... The Maui Axis Deer Working Group last year estimated that there are about 7,500 axis deer on the island ...

Lawmakers grapple with hunting-ground preservation March 14, 2014 Hawaii, Washington Times 
... An amended bill that would require Hawaii to make reasonable efforts to protect hunting grounds ... also establishes a statewide hunting commission ...  to report to the legislature ...

Maui axis deer survey counts about 8K animals January 13, 2014 Hawaii, Hawaii News Now
... A September aerial survey counted about 8,000 deer in East Maui ... Axis deer were introduced to Maui in 1959 ...

Applications for Lanai deer hunting are now available October 28, 2013 Hawaii, Maui News
... Because of a Dec. 31, 2007, appellate court ruling, application and tag fees for the 2014 Lanai axis deer season have been waived.  The island's axis deer season will consist of three hunts ...

Hawaii Deer News and Information Archive

Hawaii Data:  Hawaii has 8,000 to 10,000 axis deer on Maui, Lan'i, and Moloka'i.  A small herd of blacktails live on Kaua'i.  In 2013, an aerial survey counted about 8,000 deer in East Maui.  In 2014 at least 2,500 were killed by the Maui Axis Deer Working Group.  Native to South Asia, Axis deer were brought to Maui in the 1950s to provide hunting for veterans. In 2009, a helicopter pilot brought some of the deer to the Big Island.

Other useful links:
- Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources
Hawaii Division of Forestry and Wildlife
Goal of Department of Land and Natural Resources: Enhance, protect, conserve and manage Hawaii’s unique and limited natural, cultural and historic resources held in public trust for current and future generations of visitors and the people of Hawaii nei in partnership with others from the public and private sectors." f

There are black tail deer and deer hunts in Hawaii, deer are non native species. The management philosophy is: " Maintaining or restoring the dynamic natural processes is the goal of native ecosystem protection and restoration programs. Without a clear understanding of what native ecosystem management involves and why it is needed, public support for these programs will be difficult to obtain. Information and education should be incorporated into protection efforts whenever possible. Sound scientific research should be the base for management programs and activities." From Managing the NARS

Hawaii DLNR News