2024 Hawaii Hunting Season Guide! [Dates & Bag]

Want the excitement of the chase in stunning landscape? Look no farther than 2024’s various and thrilling hunting seasons in Hawaii. From soaring game birds to majestic axis deer, Hawaiian hunting is distinct and demanding.

  • Game Birds: The air shimmers with the prospect of feathery flurries as the Game Bird Hunting Season begins out on November 4th, and continues until January 28th. Whether you’re a pheasant or quail hunter, various islands provide plenty of shotgun practice. Check each island’s rules for bag restrictions and dates.
  • Axis Deer: As Lanai’s Axis Deer Season begins, expect breathtaking magnificence. This anticipated season offers archery, muzzleloader, general rifle, and youth-specific hunting in four stages from February 7th to June 2nd. Each phase is tailored to different skill levels and preferences, making it exciting for both veterans and beginners.
  • Big Game Beyond Axis: Lanai’s magnificent deer are famous, but other large game exists. Maui, Molokai, Lanai, Oahu, and Kauai provide feral pig, mouflon sheep, and goat hunting. These hunts typically need lottery draws, so preparing and applying for licenses early is essential.
  • Migratory Birds: Shoot against stunning Pacific sunsets during Duck Season, October 27–November 4 and December 2–January 10. Goose seasons on numerous islands give waterfowl lovers thrilling challenges year-round. Keep up with federal migratory bird hunting laws and get all the licenses and permits.

Hawaii Hunting Season Dates


LānaʻiArcheryFebruary 7 – March 3
 MuzzleloaderMarch 15 – March 17
 RifleMarch 22 – June 2
 YouthMarch 8 – March 10
KauaʻiArcheryAugust 20 – November 30
 RifleSeptember 17 – October 2

Hawaii Axis deer Hunting Season

Other Big Games

Hawaiʻi/ Maui/ MolokaʻiFeral GoatYear-roundJanuary 1 – December 31
 Feral SheepYear-roundJanuary 1 – December 31
 Wild PigYear-roundJanuary 1 – December 31
 Mouflon SheepArcherySeptember 1 – February 28
 Mouflon SheepRifleNovember 5 – November 20
KauaʻiFeral GoatYear-roundJanuary 1 – December 31
 Feral PigYear-roundJanuary 1 – December 31
 Black-tailed DeerArcheryJuly 16 – August 14
 Black-tailed DeerRifleAugust 20 – September 25


IslandsDatesBag Limit
Hawaiʻi/ Kauaʻi/ Maui/ MolokaʻiMarch 1 – May 153 bearded turkeys

Migratory & Waterfowl Birds

SpeciesSeasonDatesBag Limit
Mourning DoveFallNovember 4, 2023 – January 14, 202415 doves per day
Band-tailed PigeonFallNovember 4, 2023 – January 28, 20242 pigeons per day
Pacific Golden PloverSpring/SummerMarch 1 – August 3110 plovers per day
Bristle-thighed CurlewSpring/SummerMarch 1 – August 312 curlews per day
Seabirds (Shearwaters, Petrels, Terns, etc.)FallSeptember 1 – November 305 seabirds per day


For island Hawaiʻi/ Kauaʻi/ Maui/ Molokaʻi:

Feral CatYear-roundJanuary 1 – December 31
MongooseYear-roundJanuary 1 – December 31
RatYear-roundJanuary 1 – December 31

Bag Limits

SpeciesBag Limit
Feral Pig2 pigs per hunter per day
Wild Sheep1 sheep per hunter per day
Feral Goat1 goat per hunter per day
Axis Deer2 deer of either sex per hunter per season
Black-tailed Deer1 antlered buck per hunter per season
Mouflon Sheep1 ram and 1 ewe per hunter per season
Mouflon-feral hybrid sheepNo limit
Feral CatNo limit
MongooseNo limit
RatNo limit

Mason Miller founded and leads WildlifeForum.org, a forum promoting ethical hunting and conservation. Mason, an avid outdoorsman and naturalist, studies and protects animals via activism, instructing, and research. His love of nature and dedication to sustainability inspired him to start WildlifeForum.org for responsible hunters, anglers, and outdoor lovers.
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