Hunting Hawaii?

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  1. Johnny7604

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    So it looks like I'm getting married in Maui next year. I want to pick up a short 2 day'ish hunt while I'm there. Anyone have any advice or recommendations?

    Cheers,

    John
     
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    CONGRATS!!! that's AWESOME!!!!

    I've always wanted to hunt in Hawaii.... ;)
     
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    Thanks, that outfitter came in in my research. I also have emails out to the following ones.

    http://hookyouupoutfitters.com/

    http://www.hawaiisafaris.com/

    I'm hoping that someone might have a little first hand info they can pass on. I imagine hunting is not on most peoples agenda when they go to Hawaii though.

    John
     
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    There is some great hunting on Maui and also on Lanai. If you want free range then you might want to check out Steve Gelakowski on Lanai. He has mouflon rams and axis deer hunts. He is one of the nicest guys and a great guide. You will need to be in shape for this hunt.

    On Maui, check with Arrow One Outfitters. Their operation is high fence but it's large, steep in parts, and has heavy cover. They have axis deer, wild sheep, and occasional wild boar (shoot on site). Both outfits you can bow or rifle hunt. When we hunted at Arrow One my wife had some medical issues and they made sure of her comfort and she got her deer.

    A little information concerning firearms and hunting license. If you want to rifle hunt borrow or rent a gun from your outfitter. You can get a gun license in Hawaii but it is time consuming and a pain in the neck. In order to get a hunting license you have to have a Hawaii hunters safety card or an exemption from the state of Hawaii. This takes a little time so you need to get it done before you go. After you have the exemption number you can buy your license online.

    If you choose to hunt Lanai there is a ferry that runs from Lahina (sp) to Lanai and back several times a day. It's about 9 miles from Maui to Lanai and takes about 45 minutes or so to cross. In the winter months the whales are quite active and you will see them breaching almost nonstop. We have also had spinner dolphins following along.

    Arrow One has a website and you can get Jeff's contact info from there. If you want to get in touch with Steve I have his phone number and will PM it to you. Hope this info helps.
    Jim
     
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    I forgot to mention that I did a write up on the Lanai hunt titled Aloha Ram. I mention Pat Fisher in the article but he no longer hunts Lanai.
     
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    Great advice thanks. PM sent.

    When you say getting a firearm over there is time consuming and a pain in the ass just how prohibitive is it?

    Thanks again.
     
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    Just got back from hunting Maui two weeks ago with Maui Hunting Safari's with PH Rodney Perrereira, mauihuntingsafaris.com. Awesome hunt with my wife Sarah and we able to harvest 2 trophy feral goats - tough hunt with beautiful scenery. Rodney picked us up at our hotel, Four Seasons, and dropped us off at the end of the day. Other hunts offered include: Axis and wild boar. If you are going to hunt 2 days they have lodging on site. If you need additional info please contact me - did my research and I am happy with our experience. Will definitely do it again - next time trophy Azis and boar.
     
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    John, PM returned. You can look online for the gun permit process. You have to make an appointment with the county sheriff and bring the gun in and have it registered. There may be more to it than that but I decided I didn't want to waste vacation time messing with it.
    Dtarin, I have heard good things about Rodney but have not hunted with him. Where did you hunt goats?
     
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    It sure was for me. If you are going there you might as well hunt.
     
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    My thoughts exactly. Don't tell my fiance but it would it would almost be a waste of time if I didn't at least sneak a day or two of hunting in while I was there.
     
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    Make it clear, she is cute enough for you to spend some time on the beach, but hunting is important to.

    Have fun.
     
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    Johnny7604,

    I've been to Maui but not hunted there yet.
    It is a beautiful place and you two will have a great time there in the tropics.
    I have hunted The Big Island twice and can happily recommend a Hunting Guide for that one, if you ever go there.
    The point of my blathering is that Hawaii is politically pretty far left.
    In my opinion, it is not worth the red tape hassle of bringing a weapon there.
    Besides, burglary of any rented living space/rented automobiles is very common in Hawaii.
    Most Guides will have a rifle to rent or to loan to clients.
    Generally speaking, on any of the Hawaiian Islands, the hunting is quite good.
    The key is to hire a proper Guide and then you will have a high success rate.

    Aloha,
    Velo Dog.
     
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    Some solid advice thank you. Looks like the consensus is to leave my pea shooter at home.

    Thanks again guys I really appreciate everyone's input.

    -John
     
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    Hunted twice in Maui and went with Maui hunting safaris with dawn and Rodney. I highly recommend them as was said before they pick you up and drop you off at the end of the day. We harvested 3 feral goats and saw about 200. Axis deer were also plentiful even got to see a hog on the first hunt. One thing you must remember is if your going to do it start your application for a Hawaii hunting license letter of exemption months in advance. Most people get there and then can't go because they don't have the letter.

    Go hunting and have fun.
     
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    Sounds good to me. I already started the process for the hunting license so hopefully I will be good with that.

    Thanks again.
     
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    I've hunted the Big Island twice. Both hunts were conducted with Pat Fisher of Hawaii Safaris. I have no hesitation of hunting with him again.

    Good luck!
     

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