The "Real Skinny" On Hunts In Hawaii


Published: December - 1998

For quite a few years now, Eugene Yap and Eugene Ramos have been major figures in the international hunting world, famous for their hunts in the Hawaiian Islands. Their dominance of the hunting in that part of the world has been so complete it has obscured the fact that there are other outfitters available in Hawaii, and even some public hunting. I found this all out recently in an effort to answer a reader question about low-cost hunting opportunities in Hawaii. Just make no mistake - Yap and Ramos continue to do a good job for a steady stream of hunters. Appropriately, I'll start my overview of hunting opportunities in Hawaii with a review of what both these fellows offer.

Eugene Yap (South Point Safaris): Yap has been guiding full time for 10 years and is well known for his mouflon sheep, wild boar, feral goat and feral sheep hunting on the Big Island. He has access to a huge concession that covers 180 square miles on the south slope of Mauna Loa. Of particular interest are his hunts for pure bred mouflon. Each year numerous rams in the 30-inch-plus category are harvested, with a 37-inch ram the largest any of his clients have killed to date. His hunts last four days and cost $3,000 on a 1 x 1 basis; or $2,500 per person for 2 x 1. These prices include transportation from Kona, accommodations, meals and all hunting services. Trophy fees are additional - mouflon sheep, $1,500; wild boar, $250; and feral goats and sheep, $250.

Eugene Ramos (Hawaii Hunting Tours): Ramos has offered guided hunts on the Big Island for over 30 years, making him the longest-operating guide in the business. He hunts for mouflon sheep, wild boar, feral sheep and feral goat on more than 400,000 acres of private ranches and several mountains. Hunter success runs over 90 percent. Goats with 16 to 18-inch horns and sheep measuring 30 inches are common. Large boars with four-inch tusks are also taken. His two-day hunts cost $500 for one hunter or $650 for two. There are no trophy........(continued)

 
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