Hawaii Turkey Hunting Season Dates and Times

2023 Spring Bearded Turkey Hunting Season in Hawaii

Season Overview

The 2023 Spring Bearded Turkey Hunting Season is set to commence on March 1, 2023, spanning a total of 46 consecutive days and concluding on April 15. During this period, only bearded turkeys are allowed to be hunted in the specifically designated areas listed below.

Hunting Areas and Conditions

  • Unit A (Mauna Kea Forest Reserve and GMA):
    • Season Dates: March 1 - April 15, 2023
    • Mammal hunting with rifles, muzzleloaders, handguns, and shotguns permitted above the treeline.
  • Unit G (Kaʻohe GMA):
    • Open for daily mammal hunting with archery.
  • Unit F (Puʻu Waʻawaʻa Forest Reserve):
    • All gates must remain closed. Closed to hunting in paddocks where cattle are located.
  • Unit E (Kīpuka ʻĀinahou):
    • Season Dates: March 1 - 31, 2023 (Archery only)
    • Mammal hunting allowed on weekends and State Holidays. The DHHL portion is closed.
  • Private Lands:
    • Season Dates: March 1 - April 15, 2023
    • Hunters must possess a valid hunting license, current turkey tags, and landowner permission.

Hunting Hours for All Areas

  • One-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset.

Bag Limits, Tags, and Purchasing

  • Daily Bag Limit: Three bearded turkeys per hunter.
  • Season Bag Limit: Three bearded turkeys.
  • Turkey Tags Cost: $5 per tag for residents; $20 per tag for non-residents (non-transferable).
  • Tags must be securely affixed to the neck or tarsus of harvested birds immediately after the kill.
  • Tags bought online must be printed, protected in a resealable plastic bag, and secured with a rubber band.
  • Tags are available for purchase online and at select commercial vendors on the island of Hawaii.

This comprehensive hunting directive ensures that hunters can responsibly engage in the sport while upholding the regulations set forth by the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources.

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