Famed Parker Ranch Opens To Hunting


Published: May - 2001

The State of Hawaii is about to get more important as a hunting destination, thanks to the planned opening next month of the famed Parker Ranch on the Big Island of Hawaii. The ranch, about 50 miles from Hilo, is one of the largest cattle ranches in the United States. It completely surrounds the town of Waimea and sprawls for miles between the Kohala Mountains and Mauna Kea, the highest point in the Hawaiian Islands.

Formerly, big game hunting on the Parker Ranch was restricted to ranch employees and the occasional guided hunt. But starting this June, wild hog, feral goat and feral sheep hunts will be available on a regular basis, seven days per week, yearlong. The price of a guided hunt, including lunch will be $650 per day plus a $250 trophy fee for sheep over 25 inches, goats over 20 inches and boars with tusks over three inches. The ranch is known for its excellent populations of wild boar and its quality feral sheep and goat hunts. The abundant game populations and the open nature of the terrain (mostly rolling to steep hills varying between 1,500 and 7,500 feet in elevation) makes bagging all three species in two or three days a real possibility.

To develop the Parker Ranch's hunting program, they have hired Patrick Fisher, a successful guide/outfitter who has run hunts for axis deer, wild boar, feral goat and upland birds on Maui for the past 10 years. While his operation on Maui was very successful, Fisher says the Parker Ranch, with its commitment to improving habitat and creating a first class operation, simply made him an offer he could not refuse. So, in mid-April, Fisher closed down his operation on Maui and moved to the Big Island.

In addition to the big game hunting, Parker Ranch is also developing a pheasant and chukar shooting preserve that will offer season memberships and day shoots starting in October. Guided day-hunts for wild birds (ring-necked and kalji pheasant; chukar; black, gray and Erckel's francolin; California and Japanese quail; sandgrouse; spotted dove;........(continued)

 
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