PTA Hunting Permits and Fees

PTA Hunting Permits are valid from July 1st through June 30th each year.

In order to purchase an archery permit, you need a current safety validation and background check validation. If you want to hunt game birds, you need a firearms validation which requires registering your firearm(s) with PTA.  To register your firearm, fill out the forms below:

Forms can be mailed to:

Pohakuloa Training Area

Attn: Conservation Law Enforcement Officer

PO Box 4607

Hilo, HI 96720-0607

Forms can also be faxed to (808) 969-2432

Firearms Fax Cover Sheet

Firearms Registration Form

If you do not see permits for purchase

If you do not see permits available for purchase, it is because you are probably missing a validation.  To check which validations you have, logon to iSportsman and go to MY ACCOUNT -> ACCOUNT DETAILS -> VALIDATIONS. 


Permit entitlements and associated fees (if any) are as follows:

PTA General Hunting Permit

Allows hunters age 16-64 access to hunt on all open PTA lands for all Game Mammal, Game Bird and Spring Turkey hunts.  Each permit comes with five (5) game mammal allotments (see below). $40 

PTA Game Mammal Hunting Permit

Allows hunters age 16-64 access to hunt on all open PTA lands for Game Mammals ONLY.  Each permit includes five (5) game mammal allotments (see below). $25

PTA Game Bird Hunting Permit

Allows hunters age 16-64 access to hunt on all open PTA lands for Game Birds ONLY during the Fall Upland Game Bird Season and the Spring Bearded Turkey Seasons.  $25

            (1) Your State of Hawaii hunting license must include a Game Bird Stamp.

            (2) The State of Hawaii requires its own special tags for the Spring Bearded Turkey Season.

PTA Lottery Permit

Allows hunters access to the current reservation lottery.  This permit only allows access into the lottery and does not allow any type of huntng. free

PTA Youth and Senior Hunting Permits

Youth hunters age 10-15, and Senior hunters, age 65 and over, may access all open areas of PTA for Game Mammal, Game Bird, and Spring Turkey hunts.  Youth/Senior Hunting Permits are both free, and come with five (5) game mammal allotments.

PTA Hunter Assistant Permit

Allows non-hunting individuals to accompany permitted hunters to assist in the retrieval and processing of game.  Non-hunters may not actively participate in any hunting activity, and may not, at any time, possess a loaded hunting weapon or ammunition.  This permit is intended for those who will not acquire other hunting permits, or for adults who will accompany youth hunters on desginated youth hunts.  This permit requires the Background Check and Safety Briefing Validations, and must be requested via email.  Free

Special Permits

Special permits may be made available to address management needs as they arise.

PTA Game Mammal Allotments

Allotments are "virtual" tags, and function the same as physical tags.  Each sheep or goat harvested on PTA must be “tagged” at checkout using an available allotment number.  Failure to report harvested game mammals is a violation of the PTA Hunting Policy.  Each permit enabling mammal hunting (either the General, Mammal, Youth, or Senior Permit) comes with a total of five (5) allotments.  Once the allotments are used, hunters will not be able to check in for mammal hunting opportunities. 

(1) Feral pigs do not require the use of an allotment, but you must have an unused number to check in for any game mammal hunt.

(2) Non-typical (i.e. polled, deformed, mu’umu’u) rams do not require the use of an allotment, but must be verified by a PTA Game Warden as non-typical to waive this requirement.