According to long-time Hawaiian hunter David Norris, his island has some of the most diverse and spectacular hunting on the planet.
He says it always surprises him when people say hunting in Hawaii isn’t very good. “We have birds from Asia. We have deer from northern India. We have pigs that are native from here in Hawaii. We have wild cattle. We have sheep that are originally from the Mediterranean area,” he says.
He explained he often hikes five to 10 miles up into the high alpine forests of Hualālai mountain to chase wild pigs. He can round a corner and come face to face with a 300-pound black boar with 5-inch tusks. These animals can be extremely aggressive and unpredictable. A hunter must be on their toes, ready to fire at a moments notice. “It’s really, really exciting up close hunting,” he says.
Another of Norris’s favorite hunting styles is being up on the open lava fields between the two mountains of Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea where elevation is usually between 5,000 and 10,000 feet. The landscape can resemble the moon.