Come on hunters, we need to do our best to respect the local hunting laws and rules. When we make mistakes, we must own up to them and take responsibility. Hunting is not a right, it is a privilege. It is not a game, it is life and death. Enforcement officials have a dangerous and difficult job to protect land, wildlife, hunters and themselves. While this particular hunter had no illegal intent, the wardens had no way to tell if the hunter was going to use the tag or not. This is why the rules state that you must tag the animal immediately. I do feel bad for the hunter since he did spend a lot of money to kill the elk only to go home with a trophy instead of meat. But, at the same time, I feel that he should accept responsibility for his actions and acknowledge that the warden was doing his job.
In Hawaii, you must also IMMEDIATELY tag your animal as stated in the State of Hawaii Rules Regulating Game Mammals (13-123-23). The rules can be found by clicking on the Reference Links menu item at the top of this page.