Hawaii Deer News

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 Season 2014: Hunting Forecast October 4, 2013 Outdoorlife.com 
... Axis deer can be found on Maui, Lana'i, and Moloka'i, while a small herd of blacktails live on Kaua’i. The Aloha State has 8,000 – 10,000 axis deer, but doesn’t estimate the blacktail population. Blacktail hunting occurs on state managed lands and very few animals are harvested each year. Last year only four blacktails were taken. About 700 axis deer were killed on the three islands they inhabit.

Deer-vehicle collisions remain least likely in Hawaii September 30, 2013 Hawaii, Honolulu Star-Advertiser
... The odds of a driver hitting a deer in Hawaii are 1 in 6,787 ...  the most likely state for deer-vehicle collisions is West Virginia, for the seventh consecutive year... 1 in 41 ...

Fight against Big Island axis deer ... August 1, 2013 Hawaii, The Republic
... The Hawaii Invasive Species Council is allocating more than $2.5 million for dozens of projects during the current fiscal year, including efforts to eradicate axis deer on the Big Island ...

How Invasive Species Control is Threatening Local Culture July 13, 2013 Hawaii, Hawaii Reporter
...  if the old Hawaiians didn't do it, then it is not a protected cultural practice.  It doesn't matter how many generations have been doing it since the old days... According to the text of the Rain Follows the Forest plan, “Although ungulate hunting is a contemporary recreational activity and a source of food for some, hunting (pig hunting in particular) is not a traditional Hawaiian practice...

Group using corral to capture axis deer June 30, 2013 Hawaii, Maui News
The Maui Axis Deer Harvesting Cooperative ... 
... reports of dangerous shootings and hunts may ruin the group's chances of creating a sustainable industry.  The new method involves an octagon-shaped corral about 20 feet long, 20 feet wide and 10 feet high. The contraption, which has a trough for food and water to attract the deer, is fitted with a sliding door that seals off about 15 to 16 deer at a time...

...  A full-time coordinator has been hired on Maui to help control the axis deer population... 

Hawaii Volcanoes Releases Plan for Ungulate Control January 25, 2013 Hawaii, Big Island Now
... The plan [link to plan] and EIS are targeting goats, pigs, sheep, mouflon sheep, cattle and deer that they say destroy habitat ... The preferred alternative is one that gives park managers the most flexibility in its choice of a combination of fencing and lethal control methods. As with the other four alternatives, the objective would be the total removal of ungulates 

Grant to help manage Maui deer problem January 25, 2013 Hawaii, Maui News
... Economic Development Director Teena Rasmussen said that the grant aims to study the feasibility of a venison project on Maui. Primary concerns for the project are for safety and creating a methodology for hunts inspected by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, she said.
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Maui Axis Deer Pilot Program Update November 26, 2012 Hawaii, Maui Now
... Interview with Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa:  With the deer eradication, culling process, what we are trying to do is get the areas where we have excessive amounts of deer, where we don’t want them–in people’s farms, back-yards, areas where they can cause a lot of mischief–we’re trying to make sure that we take out the deer in those areas first.  If nothing else, what the effort does is it moves the deer herd to an area where it’s much more sustainable for us to be able to control it...

Big Island man defends his actions in axis deer case November 14, 2012 Hawaii, KITV Honolulu
"We feel by bringing the deer it's helping the cause, instead of killing them," said Rocha. Rocha was one of three men investigated for transporting axis deer from Maui to the Big Island back in 2009 ... The 65-year-old Mountain View man and his lawyer defend his actions saying axis deer are a food source...

State officials are encouraging hunters to help them eradicate axis deer on the Big Island. The announcement comes after the Board of Land and  Natural Resources voted Friday ...

Deer Rescue at Wailea Beach, Maui - November 13, 2012



Hawaii Deer News and Information Archive


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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 Aquatic 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." from DNLR

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