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Hunt Hawaii

It's not just a vacation spot, there's plenty of game to chase on these islands.

3/10/2010

Few resort destinations offer great weather and incredible hunting year-round. Contact guide Jon Sabati to hunt the Big Island for Rio Grande turkeys in March, upland birds in fall or feral goats, sheep and pigs all year long. Sabati guides on the game-rich Parker and Kealia ranches, and is also host and producer of the Big Island’s outdoor cable show. Ask him about taping your adventure. Hunt the morning and by afternoon join the family on the beach. (808-896-0972; jonkona@hawaii.rr.com)

Hawaii's Parker Ranch
One of the oldest, largest cattle ranches in the United States, Parker Ranch was founded by John Palmer Parker in 1847 on only 2 acres of land. Today it spans thousands of acres across Hawaii’s Big Island with operations including visitor activities, commercial leasing and real estate. Nearly 35,000 head of Angus and Charolais cattle produce USDA choice beef marketed under two branded beef programs:  Ranchers Renaissance and Country Natural Beef.

The ranch story began in 1809 after Captain James Cook first encountered the Hawaiian isles. Sailor John Palmer Parker, 19, came to the attention of King Kamehameha I, who assigned him important tasks. After returning from China during the War of 1812 with a new American musket, he was given the privilege of shooting some of the thousands of cattle that roamed the island. (The cattle were the legacy of British Captain George Vancouver, who presented Kamehameha with five head just 21 years earlier.)

Due mostly to Parker’s efforts, salt beef ultimately replaced sandalwood as the island’s chief export. In 1815 he married Kipikane, the daughter of a high-ranking chief, and the Parker dynasty began, figuring prominently in the next two centuries of Hawaiian history. For more information on the ranch, call 800-262-7290.

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