Hawaii’s tourism scene centers almost exclusively around the pristine beaches and water of the islands. However, if you leave the crowds behind and head inland there are some incredible hunting opportunities most people probably don’t even realize exist. Kyle says the Green Way crew headed to Hawaii for axis deer and hog hunting and walked away from it all with filled tags, but also unique experiences. First up was hunting axis deer, a species with a very healthy population. Kyle talks about the ever increasing population of axis deer in Hawaii and the relationship that people on the islands have with them - both good and bad. One of the particular challenges of hunting axis deer, Kyle says, is that they tend to travel in large herds which makes stalking them and picking one off of the group difficult. In two days, he says they were able to take three deer. When it comes to table fare, Kyle notes that axis deer are excellent. The hog hunting in Hawaii, he says, was much more difficult as they were harder to locate than the deer. While hog hunting is traditionally done with dogs and knives, the Green Way opted to take a different approach not using traditional tactics. Kyle says while it was much more difficult to find the hogs, he was ultimately able to connect with two in the end.
When it comes to his show, Kyle says “The Green Way Outdoors” is meant to be different than most outdoor shows seen today. Noting that 60% of hunting and fishing licenses are sold to white males over the age of 55, it’s his goal to bring new hunters into the fold to help offset the loss of hunters and the funding they create as they age out of the hunting/fishing lifestyle. To do so he wanted to produce a show that was palatable to hunters and non-hunters alike. He wanted to be able to entertain viewers and educate them at the same time, explaining how hunting and fishing is conservation and how the funding that comes from these activities helps fuel the lion’s share of all conservation efforts across the country. To do so he talks about the format of the show and its conservation specific messaging, essential gear highlights, tactics needed to hunt or fish for different species, a reality formatted hunting or fishing trip, a spotlight on how to cook the different species they hunt and fish as well as an overall moral lesson.
Listen in for a wide ranging conversation with Kyle Green. You can watch “The Green Way Outdoors” on Sportsman Channel, Saturdays at 9:30 p.m. ET.