Hawaii Safaris Expands Hunting To New Properties And Other Islands


Published: May - 2010

Remember our story last year about long-time Hawaii hunting guide Pat Fisher leaving the well-known Parker Ranch and returning to his roots as an independent outfitter? (See article ID 2293.) Doing business as Hawaii Safaris, Fisher locked up a number of leases on the Big Island and then expanded to other areas, including Maui and Molokai. So, what's he up to lately? Correspondent Gary Lewis was in Hawaii recently and sent us the following update.

"Two of the new areas Fisher is hunting are on Lanai, where he books a three-day hunt for mouflon and axis deer on the north slope. This is 30,000 acres of rugged ranch country, where mouflon and axis are often spotted cross-canyon. If you're look for really big axis bucks though (34 or 35 inches), Fisher recommends a two-day hunt in the Palawai Basin. Hunters stalk on foot with shooting sticks, safari-style, to intercept herds of deer on large flats. Fisher reports 100 percent shooting opportunity and 98 percent success on these hunts.

"For bowhunters, Fisher recommends a two-day hunt on Maui, which is his home island. Near Piiholo, he hunts wild boar and axis deer from blinds positioned along game trails. The best opportunities are morning and evening when game is on the move. A hunter will see between 25 and 100 deer a day. `Anyone can have a reasonable shot at a deer,' says Fisher. `It's more a matter of what you want to hold out for.'

"April, May and into June are prime time for axis deer. `The peak of the rut is usually around June 1,' says Fisher. `If I had to, I'd pick mid-April to mid-June,' he says. `The pre-rut is a really good time when the bucks are covering a lot of ground, and they're not in with the big herd yet. By mid-May to mid-June they're rutting pretty hard. They bugle, so you can listen for them and put on a stalk.'

"Fisher also has 56,000 acres under lease on the Big Island, where I hunted with him........(continued)

 
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