DLNR News Release: HAWAIʻI ISLAND 2022 SPRING BEARDED TURKEY SEASON OPENING NEXT MONTH

Posted on Feb 8, 2022 in Latest Department News, Newsroom

(Hilo) – The opening of the 2022 spring bearded turkey hunting season begins on Tuesday, March 1, 2022. The spring season will run for 46 consecutive days through Friday, April 15, 2022. The spring season will be for bearded turkeys only, in locations identified below.

Open Turkey Hunting Areas Special Conditions Season Dates Hunting Hours
Unit A – Mauna Kea Forest Reserve and GMA Mammal hunting will also be open above tree line for rifle, muzzleloader, handgun, and shotgun. March 1 – April 15, 2022        (46 consecutive days) One-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset
Unit G – Kaʻohe GMA Also open daily to mammal hunting for archery.
Unit F – Puʻu Waʻawaʻa Forest Reserve All gates must be closed. Paddocks where cattle are present will be closed to hunting.
Unit E- Kīpuka ʻĀinahou (Archery only) Mammal hunting concurrent on weekend and State Holidays -DHHL portion closed     March 1 – 31, 2022

(31 consecutive days)

Private Lands Hunters required to have valid hunting license, current turkey tags and landowner permission March 1 – April 15, 2022

(46 consecutive days)

 

Bag Limits and Tags

The daily bag limit will be three bearded turkeys per hunter with a season bag limit of three. All hunters are required to have a current unused turkey tag in their possession while hunting. Tags are currently $5/tag for residents and $20/tag for non-residents. Turkey tags are non-transferable and must be fastened with snaps and secured tightly around the neck or tarsus of any bird taken immediately after the kill. Tags purchased online shall be printed, placed in a ziplock bag, and secured with a rubber band. Tags may be purchased online and at a few commercial vendors on the island of Hawaii.

Further information may be obtained by contacting Division of Forestry & Wildlife (DOFAW) offices at the following phone numbers:  Hilo: (808) 974-4221; Waimea: (808) 887-6063 or the main office at (808) 587-0166.

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RESOURCES

(All images/video courtesy: DLNR)

See attached turkey photos

Hunting information (including purchasing tags and permits): https://dlnr.hawaii.gov/recreation/hunting

Gamebird hunting information and rules: https://dlnr.hawaii.gov/recreation/hunting/bird/

Media Contact:

AJ McWhorter
Communications Specialist
Hawai’i Department of Land and Natural Resources
[email protected]
808-587-0396 (Communications Office)
www.dlnr.hawaii.gov