This year the Mouflon hunt on Lanai is limited to Ewe's only and the limit is one Ewe per hunter, per season.
I have heard that the numbers of rams has dropped and that the ratio of ewes to rams is way off, thus the ewe only hunting season. Many of the hunters that I have talked to are not going to go this year because you can't shoot rams. I feel that it is important to try and keep the ratio as close to normal as possible. If it takes shooting only ewes for one season,so be it. If the number of hunters drop because of the fact that you can't shoot rams, we may have the same situation next year. I have hunted Lanai for Mouflon for 10+ years and have only shot 2 rams one was 27" and the other was a mumu horn ram. ( this is a sheep whose horns curl into a tight ball) If I don't run into anything larger than I curently have I will shoot a ewe or a mumu ram. In past years the D.L.N.R. has offered another ewe tag if you shoot a mumu horn ram because they want these individuals out of the population so eventually all of the rams will have normal horns. Hunting here in hawaii is very limited and I feel we should work with the D.L.N.R. to try and preserve and even improve what we have. This year they NEED us to help with dropping the number of ewes. they are doing thier part. Now as local hunters lets do ours.