Here are a few photos my brother took in Hawaii with his game cam. He said there's a ton of deer to hunt.
Thats awesome. I never knew Hawaii had deer let alone exotics. I would love the opportunity to take an axis.
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This is all on public land, they have mouflon sheep, spanish goats, pigs, and lots of axis deer depending on which island you visit. The photos were from Lanai. Wouldn't it be nice to vacation there and squeeze a couple of hunts in the morning or evening that way the mrs's won't get to upset.
What is the best month to visit and hunt Lanai?I remember our group plan on going with Breck(glasseye)years ago but never materialize, dont know what happen.Glasseye knows a place to camp or a house to rent in Lanai for minimal fee.
I'm ready ?
Honestly I really don't know which part of the year is best on Lanai, I would imagine from spring to end of fall which any rainfall is very limited. I think there is camping area near Manele Bay. Hawaii hunting I feel is a pretty good deal, for $100 you have your non resident hunt license and for $65 you have your deer tag to hunt Lanai's private half of the Island for archery. You can harvest as many deer as you want, license/tag is good for the entire year July to June (fiscal year). I don't know anything about rifle seasons or where you can hunt.
Last time I hunted Lanai was in 2004 and the archery permit was $50 and rifle $275 per day. 3 deer but only 1 can be a buck. Also unlimited mouflon.
I see now that the archery permit went up slightly, so I would imagine that the rifle permit has gone up as well.
The archery only permits are for areas where they don't want guns fired; near paved roads, near town or the harbor, etc. All on the south side of the island "Lanai Co"
The rifle permits are for all of the Lanai Co land except for the archery only areas.
I don't believe that there is an area on Lanai where there is not deer.
It's all good !
Breck, What month did you hunt Lanai?
when do they usually rut? I know they are still in velvet right now.
Thats real cool.. XD if you don't mind keep me posted when you go maybe I can hook-up with you out there.
Yeah ! I'll need to thaw out in Lanai in february after I come back from the Pribilofs in january.
Got this buck on Thursday.
Nice buck Rodney... you got a story with it? Lanai/Maui?
I am fortunate enough to be able to hunt private land on Maui.
I am relatively new to hunting axis deer and consider myself quite the novice. I worked pretty hard for this buck. The hardest part I find in hunting axis deer is that they travel in herds which makes stalking pretty difficult.
This buck was part of the 4th group of deer I bumped into. The deer are currently in thick cover. When I got within about 300 yards of cover I thought would hold deer, I heard a buck call, followed by the barking of some does. I spotted about a dozen does and buck and started my stalk. I circled above the group and spotted a second group. I started maneuvering for a shot at the second group and was busted by a bunch coming to join that group. The whole group headed downhill, but didn't seem really spooked. I dropped back and circled down in an effort to get below to hopefully get a shot. I had dropped downhill about 200 yards when I spotted what I think was the 2nd group. I just could not get a shot, too much brush in the way. The herd headed away and downhill from me. I again backed up and tried to get below them. About 200 yards further down, I jumped group #3. A nice buck and I had a 5 minute stare down before they headed downhill. I backed up and tried to circle again. This time about halfway through the circle, a doe in group #4 spotted me and started barking. I froze and waited until she calmed down and started feeding. While waiting, the rest of the herd showed up - about 20 does, bucks and fawns. I dropped down, rested my rifle on a rock and spent an eternity watching the herd and waiting for a good shot opportunity. This buck was the first deer in the group that allowed me a clean shot.
I have come to be a real believer in Predator camoflage. In all three instances where the deer "busted" me, I froze and when they moved off, it wasn't in panic which is why I thought by circling around I might get a shot off.
That is a dandy buck Rodney! do you have the measurement?
Thanks for the story and picture.
Good hunt Rodney. Can't wait to get me a Hawaiian Axis deer, hopefully this year on Lanai.
Both sides measured 31-1/2". Unfortunately, at this time I cannot afford to have it mounted. That really disappointed my hunting partner because the antlers are really symmetrical.
Kincho - my friend hunts axis on Lanai and uses a 300 win mag to give himself extra reach. I guess some of the shot opportunities are way out there. From what little I have heard, the success rate on Lanai seems high this year. Good luck!
Dang Rodney, nice buck........i just went to Lanai and had a great hunt prbow buck 11.jpgivate side only, i archery hunted the first two and gun hunted for two, on the second day of archery hunting i downed a descent buck still hunting just bow buck 2.jpgplayed the consistant wind they have on Lanai, and made a 35 yrd shot he didn't go 50-60 yards but down hill !! lol these pictures here are of my archery buckbow buck 3.jpg i also shot another buck and two does with my gun, my hunting partner shot a mouflon ram full curl a buck and two does with a gun........... a great trip on a beautiful island, already need to go back and plan to this summer!!!!!!!!! sooooo many deer and sheep....
ONE SHOT, ONE KILL
o another thing guys prices, 60 dollars archery tag and 275 (a day) for rifle..... cheapest exotic hunt you will ever find......access to all kinds of private land massive numbers of both animals, consistant winds to play with , spot and stalks made easy when you know what your doing, especially withh a rifle, a 60 archery will get a year of hunting with a bow and no bag limit with a bow, altough mouflon ram is closed on the whole island unless you draw a tag!!
ONE SHOT, ONE KILL