Hawaii hunts?

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  1. dailordasailor

    dailordasailor AH Veteran

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    The wife and I started discussing bucket list trips. Obviously Africa in 2020 is a big one and then she wanted to go to Hawaii. It dosnt really call to me other then the fact I’ve seen video of the Axis there. Quick google and “hook you up” adventure is on front page and $1800 axis hunts. I see flights range around $700 from Raleigh on Alaskan air in May. Sounds like a more reasonable trip then I expected.

    Anyone hunted axis/hogs in Hawaii? Thinking 4 days on the ground (2 days hunting, 2 tourism) and havnt looked to far into hotels as don’t know which island I’d be hunting.

    Just looking at options and something to plan for
     

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    If you think you really might go, then get yourself an Alaskan Airlines signature credit card a while. That way you can take advantage of their companion airfare deal.
     
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  4. Mekaniks

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    I have hunted black Hawaiian sheep and hogs twice with Hawaii Safaris on the big island. Patrick Fisher is the outfitter. His guide on the big island is Keven Nakamaru and I hunted with Kevin both times. Everything was excellent and I’m not afraid to recommend to anyone.
    Patrick also runs axis hunts on Maui and some of the other islands.
    I really like hunting in Hawaii but their gun laws are cumbersome, so I used their rental rifle both times.
    Have fun!
     
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    I’m sure others are more knowledgable about the details so I’ll defer to them, but here are some of the opportunities I’m aware of.
    Big Island (Hawaii): Mouflon, Spanish Goat, Pig, Turkey, Pheasant, Partridge (Chukar & Francolin), Quail, Dove.
    Lanai: Axis Deer, Mouflon, Pheasant, Partridge, Quail & Dove.
    Molokai: Axis Deer, Goat, Pig, Turkey, Pheasant, Partridge, Quail, Dove.
    Ni’ihau: Eland, Oryx, Pig. Private island owned by one family, but has an indiginous Hawaiian population. They offer hunting safaris, but I think they may be one day affairs and prices are a little steep.

    If unguided, private land can be a challenge in many areas.
    Outfitters are relatively few and options may be limited, but I have heard both good and bad stories.
    Every island is different regarding regs. Seasons vary. Some animals are open all year on specific islands. For example, Axis Deer are a real problem in some areas. On Molokai there is no limit and no season on Axis Deer last I knew.
    Other opportunities are by limited draw only.
     
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  7. toxic111

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    I know its not hunting, but if you enjoy fishing Kona on the big island is one of the best spots for Blue marlin, as well as one of the few spots you can get onto shortbill spearfish. I found the fishing was a better deal than the hunting...

    Oh and if you are going to Hawaii, plan more than 4 days... There is lots to see & do...
     
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    Have not hunted at all on Hawaii. However I was on the big island on vacation one year. We were driving from the Kona side (west side of island) to Hilo on the other side of the island going north from Kona. You go up and more less over Mauna Kea that way.

    Some 1/2 way up give or take, I told the kids to keep an eye out for turkeys. Words just out of my mouth and around a bend, there they were. Have wanted to go back ever since to hunt them there.
     
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  9. dailordasailor

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    I was thinking would prob be smart to look at turkey while I’m there... amazing how quick wife perks up when say “what do you think about hunting Hawaii”
     

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    Hello dailordasailor,

    I'm +1 with Mekaniks on booking through Patrick Fisher Hawaii Safaris.
    Also +1 to just rent a rifle from your PH, I've never bothered to bring my own.

    In addition to the other species available on various Hawaiian islands, I think there are also fallow deer on Molokai.
    Deer are the most expensive animals to hunt on those islands.
    Pig, sheep and goat are IMO reasonably priced.

    So far I've taken a Hawaiian blackface sheep on the big island, also a Spanish goat there and about a year ago, I took a Polinesian boar on Kauai (the pig story posted somewhere in this forum).
    I've not visited all those islands but have been to I think 5 and I've only seen turkeys on the big island.

    The volcano is acting up so, prices to the big island should be dropping soon.
    The rest are not affected by the volcano action, too far apart.

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  11. FLhunter7

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    Well it will probably be unique to say the least not very many places where you can hunt in the jungle with the ocean nearby. Also a hell of a lot warmer hunting season than most of the US. As said before definitely plan for more than 4 days my grandma and grandpa went for a week (not hunting obviously) and they said they weren't able to do half the stuff they wanted I'm sure the wife would be even more pleased than you to spend more time there.
     
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  12. dailordasailor

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    I emailed Hawaii safaris and havnt heard back yet. Thinking for sake of budget maybe just turkey and hogs. Axis are neat animals to me but if really want one I can go back at later date.

    Already planned on renting a gun just so traveling easier and less stuff to lose. I can travel with a carry on and wife will probably need a checked bag. At least I know my clothes will make it and hopefully meat/fur will make it back easily enough. In perfect world I’d love to carry pig skull/hide back and have someone in continental US do the work so one less thing to worry about making it back in one peice and imagine much cheaper
     
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