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PTA Opening Areas to Bow and Bird Hunting

November 21, 2012, 2:56 PM HST
* Updated November 22, 4:41 AM
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The Pohakuloa Training Area will open some areas to hunting over the next several days, US Army officials announced today.

The Keamuku Maneuver Area will be opened to bow hunting of goats and pigs on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. Hunting of mouflan and sheep will not be allowed.

Check-in time is 5 a.m. each day, with check-out no later than 7:30 p.m. Hunters must check in and out at the Kilohana Hunter’s Check-in Station between mile markers 43 and 44 on Saddle Road.

Hunting passes for those days will be available at Kilohana today and Friday after 5 p.m.

Hunters are to enter and exit the Keamuku through Gates 2 (mile marker 44), 7 (mm 51) and 10 (mm 52) on Saddle Road, or Gates 11 (mm 7) and 14 (mm 12) on the Mamalahoa Highway.

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PTA officials said parking is allowed only in designated areas inside of the gates and is prohibited along the highway or road.

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PTA is also opening Training Areas 1 through 4 on Saturday and Sunday for shotgun bird hunting.

Check-in can be done at the Kilohana or Huluhulu stations. Hunting passes will be available at both on Friday after 5 p.m.

Bird hunters are reminded to comply with state bag limits.

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PTA is currently experiencing extremely dry conditions and no smoking or open flames are allowed in the training and hunting areas. Fires are to be reported to the PTA Federal Fire Department at 969-2447 or 969-2448.

Other than shotguns in the bird hunting area, no firearms are allowed in the training and hunting areas. Also prohibited are alcoholic beverages, all-terrain vehicles, dirt bikes and recreational vehicles.

Hunters are asked to close all gates when entering or leaving hunting areas.

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