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PTA: Hunting Sites Open Over the New Year

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Army officials at Pohakuloa Training Area will be opening several training areas over the New Years holiday.

The schedule for both bird hunting and mammal hunting is as follows:

Shotgun hunting of birds on Jan. 1, 3, and 4, from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Bow hunting of mammals on Jan. 2 from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Training areas 1-4, 9-16 and the Keamuku Training area will each be open on the scheduled hunting days. Shotgun hunting of birds only will be allowed on Jan. 1 and Jan. 3-4 and the use of shotgun slugs will not be permitted. On Jan. 2, hunters are allowed one pig, one goat and one sheep, in keeping with state bag limits, and sheep with blue collars are not permitted to be shot.

Hunters interested in participating are required to check-in and check-out at the following stations:

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Kilohana, located on Saddle Road between mile markers 43 and 44.

Pu’u Huluhulu, located at the intersection of the Mauna Kea Access Road and Saddle Road near mile marker 28.

Pu’u Anahulu, located on Mamalahoa Highway across from mile marker 15.

Check-out from these locations is no later than 7 p.m. on each day.

Beginning Wednesday at 5 p.m., passes for access to the hunting areas on Thursday will be available at any of the check-in stations, Passes for Jan. 2 will be available on Thursday, and on Friday for access to the areas on Jan. 3-4.

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Passes are required and hunters who do not have a pass displayed on their dashboard, will be banned from hunting for 30 days.

Access to the hunting areas are as follows:

Areas 1-4: Through any  gates 1-10 on East Saddle Road, east of Pohakuloa’s main gate.

Areas 9 and 12-16: Through Ahi Gate, near mile marker 38.5, on West Saddle Road.

Areas 10 and 11: Through any of gates 1-7 on West Saddle Road, west of Pohakuloa’s main gate.

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Keamuku: Through gates 2, 7, and 10 on Old Saddle Road or gates 11 and 14 on Mamalahoa Highway.

Parking in the designated parking areas is required, and firearms, alcoholic beverages, all-terrain vehicles, dirt bikes, and recreational vehicles are not allowed in the training and hunting areas.

Hunters who have disabilities can call Officer Brain Mabry at (909) 969-2429 for assistance.

Additional information can be obtained by call the PTA Hunter’s Hotline at (808) 969-3474, or by visiting the U.S. Army Garrison website and clicking on the “hunting” tab.

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