OHE June 4, 1999 (Na pua'a)

Date: Fri, 4 Jun 1999 08:30:12 -1000
From: Dayle K. Turner 
Subject: Na Pua'a (was Re: Wed. on Moole)

Thanks for the info, Guy. Mark Short told me that on a previous hike in the Mo'ole forest, he encountered hunters who were laying out pua'a bait (corn?). Apparently, this is also a no-dogs area, a fact the hunters pointed out to Mark, who was accompanied by his family canine.

While driving home on the Pali from town yesterday around 6 p.m., I noticed the same truck with the "bowhuntr" license that Wing mentioned seeing on Wed. This guy must be having success.

Any insights on the daytime behavior of pigs? One hunter told me the big boars like to hunker down at rooted-out alcoves near ridgelines and then come down to feed and drink water at night.

And what's the biggest wild pig on Oahu you've successfully hunted/seen/heard of?


Reply From: Guy Sugahara (schuman@aloha.net>

from some observations, it seems that most pigs are relatively inactive durnig daylight hours. They seem to find shade and other cool places to sleep or rest. I have not seen boars spend time with others(sows and young), they seem to be solitary, especially the big ones. Pigs seem to be most active in the night, looking for food, they can be very vocal as a group. Early morning and late evenings are when they start moving about. All these are subject to the area not having wild dogs or hunting dogs about. That would change their behavior quite a bit as you might suspect.

I have seen a picture of a sow taken by bow in the Pupukea Hunting Unit above the Boy Scout Camp that looked in excess of 450 pounds. I have heard of pigs being taken by dog hunters in the Poamoho Hunting Unit being on average 200 to 250 dressed(less inards). As you might guess, most of these animals are not intact when they come out of the hunting area. Most that do are under 200 lbs.

As for me, I am primarily a goat hunter and while I have taken a few pigs, I don't see a lot in the dry areas of Makua Keaau. Because of the lack of water, the pigs at Makua Keaau tend to be smaller, the largest I have seen was, I estimate, about 200 plus, from about 100 yards away. I am amazed however, at where the pigs can go. I have seen pig scat very high up on the ridgetops and they always seem to find the remains of dead goats and the inards of the goats that we dress out. Their sense of smell is very good and they seem to like carrion. They eat anything, I once saw a bunch feeding on a dead cow in the darkness of early morning on the ranch which I hunt on.

Anyway, keep up the excellent hiking reports, and let me know if the fence around Makua Valley is complete when you hike there tomorrow.

Safe hiking, as those ridges on the Waianaes are very crumbly......

Guy s.

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