By Bret Yager - West Hawaii Today
KAILUA-KONA — Come summer, hunters using Pohakuloa Training Area will be required to register with a database, submit to a background check and pay an annual permit fee.
U.S. Army officials say the new online management tool isn’t just about keeping better track of hunters and tightening up security around military installations. It also will allow sportsmen to check into hunting areas via their cellphones and report their kills remotely using the same method, said John Polhemus, game manager for PTA.
Hunters no longer will need to travel out of their way to register at three check-in stations before accessing the training area’s 51,000 acres of hunting lands, he said.
“The whole premise is to streamline check-in, checkout and data collection,” he said.
The platform, known as iSportsman, also will have an online map of open hunting areas, and registered hunters will receive email updates about hunting activities.
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