Land Board declares open season on Big Island axis deer
State declares axis deer "harmful species"
The Board of Land and Natural Resources voted Friday to allow licensed hunters to control the axis deer population on the Big Island without the requirement of a special permit.
The decision means licensed hunters are not limited by season, or the number of deer allowed to be killed. All other hunting rules, including limits to hunt during daylight hours remain in effect.
Hunting on private lands requires the permission of the landowner.
A similar order is currently in place on Maui and Moloka'i.
The invasive axis deer is believes responsible for at least $2 million in damage to Maui area resort, farms, and ranches.
The lifting of hunting restrictions on the Big Island will be in effect through October 25, 2017.