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Posted: Monday, March 17th, 2014 11:49 AM HST

Hunting bill to be heard today

By Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) An amended bill that would require Hawai`i to make reasonable efforts to protect hunting grounds goes before the Senate Committee on Water and Land today. Originally, the bill would have required the Department of Land and Natural Resources to replace hunting grounds that are lost to conservation or other efforts.

Hunters widely supported the measure. But William Aila, the department's chairman, told lawmakers that would be impractical.
The department has been at odds with hunters over conservation, especially on the Big Island.

DLNR wants to fence off sensitive areas to protect plants and soil from animals such as pigs and deer. Hunters feel those efforts don't account for their needs.

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