The state Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) is continuing to hold statewide public hearings this week and next for Hawaii Administrative Rule (HAR) amendments to update Chapters 13-122 and 123, hunting rules for game birds and game mammals.
Public information meetings will start at 6 p.m., followed by public hearings at 7 p.m. not to exceed two hours.
The Big Island sessions will be Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov. 16-17.
The Tuesday meeting will be in the Hilo High School cafeteria at 556 Waianuenue Ave. in Hilo, and the Wednesday session at Kealakehe High School at 74-5000 Puohulihuli St. in Kailua-Kona.
“The proposed changes relate mainly to re-establishing the stamp, tag and application hunting fees in place before 2008, providing for permits for disabled hunters, and updating descriptions and maps of public hunting areas, including removal of some Natural Area Reserves from public hunting and adding public hunting areas such as the Pu’u Mali Mitigation Area on the Big Island and agricultural lands on Kauai,” said a DLNR official.
The full text of the proposed rules with amendments can be found at http://hawaii.gov/dlnr/rules (Chapters 13-122 and 123) and http://hawaii.gov/dlnr/dofaw.
Copies are also available from Division of Forestry and Wildlife district and administrative offices for a small copying and postage fee.
All interested persons are urged to attend the public hearing to provide testimony.
Persons wishing to present written comments may also e-mail them to firstname.lastname@example.org or postmark written testimony by Monday, Nov. 29, to: DLNR, Public Hunting Rules, P.O. Box 621, Honolulu, HI 96809.
Any person requiring a special accommodation (i.e. large print materials, sign language interpreters) should make a request by writing to the DLNR address in the preceding paragraph or by calling 587-0393 (V/T).
The request will need to be received at least four days before the hearing date.