PTA opening areas to hunters this weekend


Army officials are opening several training areas for bow hunting on the Big Island from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Training areas 1 to 4 will be open for bow hunting of mammals only. Hunters are allowed one pig, one goat and one sheep per day in keeping with state bag limits. Shooting sheep with blue collars is not permitted.

All hunters must check in and out at one of the following hunter’s check-in stations: Kilohana, located on Saddle Road between mile markers 43 and 44, or Puu Huluhulu, located at the intersection of Mauna Kea Access Road and Saddle Road near mile marker 28. Check out time is no later than 7:30 p.m. each day.

Hunting passes will be provided at the check-in stations beginning today after 5 p.m. 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 training areas 1 to 4 is through any of gates 1 to 10 on Saddle Road. Motorists should be advised that military vehicles may be traveling on old Saddle Road. Firearms, alcoholic beverages, all-terrain vehicles, dirt bikes or recreational vehicles are not allowed in the training and hunting areas.

For more information, call PTA hunter’s hotline at 969-3474 or visit garrison.hawaii.army.mil/pta and click on the “Hunting” tab.