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PTA Imposes Temporary Hunting Break

July 17, 2015, 12:18 PM HST
* Updated July 17, 12:20 PM
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Hunting at Pohakuloa Training Area will be placed on a three-week hold period, according to United States Army Garrison officials.

During the off time between July 18 and Aug. 3, Army staff plans to enhance the current hunting program.

“We’re taking a look at the recent hunting activity and assessing how it may affect our long-term management goals- this break is a part of those efforts,” said John Polhemus, USAG Pohakuloa.

Hunting schedules at PTA are different than those of other public hunting areas because military training effects week-to-week availability.

“We aren’t able to offer a traditional season over the course of several month, so having a better understanding of the animals’ short term responses to hunting pressure, and finding the right balance between applying and removing pressure is important  to maintaining a sustainable program,” Polhemus said.

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Pending training availability, hunting at PTA is expected to resume Aug. 8-9.

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Call the PTA Hunter’s Hotline at 969-3474 or visit the Army Garrison website and click on the “Hunting” tab for more information.

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