PTA opening training area this weekend for turkey hunting


Army officials are opening the Keaumuku Training Area for archery and shotgun bearded turkey (gobbler only) hunting at Pohakuloa Training Area 5 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

All hunters must check in and check out at one of the following hunter’s check-in stations: Kilohana, located on Saddle Road between mile markers 43 and 44; Puuhuluhulu, located at the intersection of Mauna Kea access road and Saddle Road near mile marker 28; and Puuanahulu, located in the vicinity of mile marker 14 on Highway 190. Check out time is no later than 7:30 p.m. each day.

Hunting passes will be provided at the check-in stations beginning at 5 p.m. today. These passes must be signed and placed on the vehicle’s dashboard. Hunters who do not have a signed hunting pass on their dashboard will be barred from hunting for 30 days.

Hunter access to the Keamuku Training Area is through Gates 2 and 7 on Old Saddle Road and through gates 11 and 14 on Highway 190. Parking is located in a designated area between mile markers 49 and 50; no parking is allowed on shoulders.

No person shall remove any live game from the Keamuku hunting area; bag limits will be enforced by Hawaii Hunting Rules. Firearms, alcoholic beverages, all-terrain vehicles, dirt bikes and/or recreational vehicles are not allowed in the training and hunting areas.

For more information, call the PTA Hunter’s Hotline at 969-3474; visit garrison.hawaii.army.mil/pta, and click on the “Hunting” tab; or refer to instructions on the hunting pass. Hunters can also call 969-2411 or 656-3154 during business hours.