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Free ranging

This might be a dumb question but is there free ranging animals in Hawaii?

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Well, they have wild goats,

Well, they have wild goats, pigs, turkeys, and axis deer for sure, and they are classified as "free-ranging".  However, i do not know if they are free-ranging on public land, or just on private land.  I know there was a member on here at one time who hunted some of those species, But it's been awhile. I will see if I can track down who it was.

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Sometimes I forget and think

Sometimes I forget and think about HI as I do CA but then remember it is not all developed and crawling with tourist.  They have quite a bit of undeveloped land, but most is in the hands of private individuals.  This really irks the indigenous people because they are not the ones that own it.

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I suppose what he was asking

I suppose what he was asking about "Free Ranging" was about high fience hunting.  When I was over there in 85 and did a pig hunt it was on a ranch but no high fences.  I would guess that there might be some but I never hear about any high fench operations there. 

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Free range hunting in Hawaii

Most of the Hawaiian islands have some big game hunting for a variety of animals.  Some of the hunting is controlled by the state, some is controlled by the landowners.

I just got home from a week on the island of Lanai where they have hunting for Axis deer and Mouflan sheep.  That island is about as "free range" as you can get.

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Its really a great vacation.

The taxidermist in North Scottsdale, Wildlife Images has a ton of information about hunting in Hawaii and I believe he is a broker for hunts there.  Not positive, but they always have a lot of animals from there and provide a lot of information about it.

As far as free range.....Tiburon Island for Desert Bighorn, Santa Rosa for Elk & Mule Deer and Hawaii for transplanted exotics.  Not the top of my list for fair chase, but if someone else enjoys it, go for it and have a great time.

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AlpineClimber wrote:

As far as free range.....Tiburon Island for Desert Bighorn, Santa Rosa for Elk & Mule Deer and Hawaii for transplanted exotics.  Not the top of my list for fair chase, but if someone else enjoys it, go for it and have a great time.

So what does it take to be free range? 

Santa Rosa Island is 83 square miles of unfenced hills and valleys.  But the last I heardwas that the National Park Service was going to take over that island in January, 2011, and their plan is to exterminate all of the elk and mule deer there.

The Hawaiian island of Lana'i has 45 square miles of uninhabited and unfenced land where the exotic mouflan and axis deer roam.  This includes some mountains that are steeper than any Dall or Bighorn sheep country that I've hunted in Canada's Northwest Territories or in Montana.  And where some of the axis deer live there is more densly covered with thorny acacia type trees than anywhere I hunted in Zimbabwe.

The Big Island of Hawaii has exotic hunting on places like the 135,000 acre unfenced Parker ranch, and another 40,000 acre unfenced ranch on the south side of the island.

The animals on these islands are called exotics because their ancesters were put on the islands my man instead of coming there naturally.  But the animals there today are as free roaming and wild as any deer, elk, sheep, or antelope in states like Colorado, Wyoming, or Montana.

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Yep, but keep in mind that hawaii includes multiple islands.  Some don't get much tourist traffic at all and so I would expect the hunting to be a lot better on them then in the more crowded and built up areas. 

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