Hunting; Game Management

Requires DLNR to manage and preserve wildlife sanctuaries for
public hunting; adds definition of "game management area".
(SB942 HD1)

THE SENATE                              S.B. NO.           S.D. 1
TWENTIETH LEGISLATURE, 1999                                H.D. 1
STATE OF HAWAII                                            

                   A  BILL  FOR  AN  ACT



 1      SECTION 1.  Section 183D-4, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is
 2 amended to read as follows:
 3      "183D-4 Game management areas, wildlife sanctuaries,
 4 public hunting areas.  (a)  For the purposes of preserving,
 5 protecting, conserving, and propagating wildlife, the department
 6 [may] shall establish, maintain, manage, and operate game
 7 management areas, wildlife sanctuaries, and public hunting areas
 8 on land under its control and, as it deems desirable, [and] enter
 9 into agreements for taking control of privately owned lands for
10 those purposes.
11      (b)  For the purposes of this section:
12      "Game management area" means an area so designated by either
13 executive order, rule, cooperative agreement, or action of the
14 board of land and natural resources that has been set aside for
15 the primary purpose of managing, sustaining, and enhancing
16 habitat and populations of game mammals and/or game birds, and
17 providing public hunting and, secondarily, other compatible
18 uses."

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 1      SECTION 2.  Section 183D-4, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is
 2 amended to read as follows:
 3      "183D-2 Powers and duties of department.  The department
 4 shall:
 5      (1)  Manage and administer the wildlife and wildlife
 6           resources of the State;
 7      (2)  Enforce all laws relating to the protecting, taking,
 8           hunting, killing, propagating, or increasing the
 9           wildlife within the State and the waters subject to its
10           jurisdiction;
11      (3)  Establish and maintain wildlife propagating facility or
12           facilities;
13      (4)  Subject to the provisions of title 12, import wildlife
14           for the purpose of propagating and disseminating the
15           same in the State and the waters subject to its
16           jurisdiction;
17      (5)  Distribute, free of charge, as the department deems to
18           be in the public interest, game for the purpose of
19           increasing the food supply of the State; provided that
20           when in the discretion of the department the public
21           interest will not be materially interfered with by so
22           doing, the department may propagate and furnish
23           wildlife to private parties, upon such reasonable

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 1           terms, conditions, and prices as the department may
 2           determine;
 3      (6)  Ascertain, compile, and disseminate, free of charge,
 4           information and advice as to the best methods of
 5           protecting, propagating, and distributing wildlife in
 6           the State and the waters subject to its jurisdiction;
 7      (7)  Gather and compile information and statistics
 8           concerning the area, location, character, and increase
 9           and decrease of wildlife in the State;
10      (8)  Gather and compile information concerning wildlife
11           recommended for release in different localities,
12           including the care and propagation of wildlife for
13           protective, productive, and aesthetic purposes and
14           other useful information, which the department deems
15           proper;
16      (9)  Have the power to manage and regulate all lands which
17           may be set apart as game management areas, public
18           hunting areas, and wildlife sanctuaries;
19     (10)  Pursuant to section 183D-65 of this chapter, destroy
20           predators deemed harmful to wildlife; [and]
21     (11)  Formulate, and from time to time recommend to the
22           governor and legislature, such additional legislation

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 1           necessary or desirable to implement the objectives of
 2           title 12[.]; and
 3     (12)  Preserve, protect and promote public hunting."  
 4      SECTION 3.  Statutory material to be repealed is bracketed.
 5 New statutory material is underscored.
 6      SECTION 4.  This Act shall take effect upon its approval.