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THE SENATE                           S.C.R. NO.            S.D. 1
TWENTIETH LEGISLATURE, 1999                                
STATE OF HAWAII                                            
                                                             
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                    SENATE  CONCURRENT
                        RESOLUTION

  REQUESTING THAT THE DEPARTMENT OF LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCES
    INVESTIGATE WAYS TO DEVELOP AND PROMOTE THE COMMERCIAL
    HUNTING INDUSTRY ON PRIVATE LANDS.


 1        WHEREAS, Hawaii holds a unique position amongst the fifty
 2   states as a tourist destination with a worldwide reputation and
 3   is host to a large number of visitors from the Pacific Rim
 4   nations; and
 5   
 6        WHEREAS, Hawaii has a unique climate allowing year-round
 7   outdoor activities; and
 8   
 9        WHEREAS, Hawaii is currently seeking to diversity its
10   economic base and both the State and its Department of Land and
11   Natural Resources (DLNR) are seeking to expand their sources of
12   revenue in our low population state; and
13   
14        WHEREAS, low-impact outdoor activities like hunting have
15   much less negative effect on the environment than many other
16   potential land uses, and hunting is a sound and beneficial part
17   of land and game management, as has been shown by numerous
18   nation-wide studies and programs; and
19   
20        WHEREAS, the economic benefit of hunting encourages land-
21   owners to convert fallow, unuseable, agricultural and ranch
22   lands to habitat for game - whether gamebirds or mammals - and
23   such habitat is documentably an improvement in overall
24   environment and ecology - with the experience of South Africa
25   as a prime example; and
26   
27        WHEREAS, Hawaii's statutes already allow for both game
28   mammal and game bird hunting on private land on a year-round
29   basis, as managed by the landowner; and
30   
31        WHEREAS, Hawaii needs the appropriate licensing,
32   recognition, and group organization of hunting guides as is the
33   case in numerous other states; and
34   
35        WHEREAS, hunting brings in revenue to the Wildlife
36   Revolving Fund of the DLNR which, together with matching funds

 
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 1   from the Federal Pittman-Robertson moneys, benefits all of
 2   Hawaii's citizens and wildlife, as well as the environment; and
 3   
 4        WHEREAS, Hawaii is becoming well-known for its hunting
 5   opportunities, which could be greatly increased through print
 6   media and Internet advertising; and
 7   
 8        WHEREAS, if licensed guides had the opportunity to pursue
 9   the opening up of private lands to hunting, and could legally
10   undertake the worldwide advertising noted above, they would be
11   likely to do so and these activities would save the State, the
12   Hawaii Visitors Bureau, and the DLNR a great deal of time and
13   money; and
14   
15        WHEREAS, hunting generates many ancillary jobs and
16   economic benefits such as guide fees, meat preparation,
17   lodging, vehicle rental, food services, taxidermy, video
18   production, specialty clothing, equipment rental, and the like;
19   and
20   
21        WHEREAS, Hawaii has a unique potential for attracting
22   foreign hunters and their families; and
23   
24        WHEREAS, Hawaii's well-accessible hunting opportunities
25   allow hunters and their families to combine both hunting and
26   vacationing while in Hawaii, and thus bring even broader
27   economic benefit to the State; and
28   
29        WHEREAS, the DLNR has considerably less income from
30   hunting license and wildlife stamp sales than do the wildlife
31   agencies of more populous states, and can provide far more
32   services to Hawaii residents if better funded; and
33   
34        WHEREAS, Hawaii has the unique opportunity to establish an
35   alternative type of hunting license to capitalize on our many
36   international visitors; and
37   
38        WHEREAS, safe hunting by and for such visitors is an
39   important consideration reflected by the fact that U.S.
40   citizens almost uniformly have the opportunity in their state
41   to take hunter education courses and receive certification,
42   whereas the large majority of foreign visitors do not; and

 
 
 
 
 
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 1   
 2        WHEREAS, foreign hunters, with Japan as a prime example,
 3   may not have a hunting license from their home area due to
 4   restrictive firearm laws, considerable red tape and expense, or
 5   unavailability of licenses; and
 6   
 7        WHEREAS, foreign hunters can hunt safely on private land
 8   under the direct supervision of a Hawaii-licensed hunting
 9   guide, with few, if any, other hunters on that land; and
10   
11        WHEREAS, a system is needed in Hawaii whereby foreign
12   hunters, who cannot meet the criteria for a hunter education
13   certificate such as are available to U.S. and Canadian citizens
14   and a very small number of other countries and is required
15   under Chapter 183D, Hawaii Revised Statutes (HRS), for a
16   regular Hawaii hunting license, can nonetheless acquire an
17   alternative type of hunting license for use on private land in
18   the presence of a licensed guide; now, therefore, 
19   
20        BE IT RESOLVED by the Senate of the Twentieth Legislature
21   of the State of Hawaii, Regular Session of 1999, the House of
22   Representatives concurring, that the Department of Land and
23   Natural Resources is requested to work with private landowners,
24   the Hunting Advisory Council, commercial shooting preserve
25   operators, hunting guides, license vendors, and other
26   interested constituents to discuss and investigate ways to
27   develop and promote the commercial hunting industry on private
28   lands in Hawaii; and
29   
30        BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the discussion include:
31   
32        (1)  Possible changes in license requirements for foreign
33             hunters;
34   
35        (2)  Impacts on public hunting opportunities on adjacent
36             public lands;
37   
38        (3)  Impacts on adjacent protected native forest areas and
39             ways to mitigate impacts;
40   
41        (4)  The department's ability to regulate the take and
42             movement of game mammal populations on private lands

 
 
 
 
 
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 1             to protect public interests;
 2   
 3        (5)  Liability issues;
 4   
 5        (6)  Ways to promote the commercial hunting industry on
 6             private lands; and
 7   
 8        (7)  Any other pertinent issues;
 9   
10   and
11   
12        BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Department of Land and
13   Natural Resources submit a report of its findings and
14   recommendations to the Legislature no late than twenty days
15   prior to the convening of the Regular Session of 2000; and
16   
17        BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED a certified copy of this Concurrent
18   Resolution be transmitted to the Chairperson of the Board of
19   Land and Natural Resources.