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Two men arrested for night hunting on the Big Island

Two North Kohala men killed a boar while illegally hunting at night and carrying marijuana earlier this month, Big Island police said.

Responding to a report of gunshots from possible illegal hunters near Cannery Road about 9 p.m. Feb. 13, officers found a 30-year-old man and a 28-year-old man in a pickup leaving the area.

While checking the truck, the officers found hunting dogs and a wild boar carcass in the truckbed, police said. Officers also allegedly recovered marijuana and a rifle.

Both men were arrested for night hunting and third-degree promotion of a detrimental drug. They were released pending further investigation.

Capt. Richard Miyamoto, of the North Kohala District, said illegal hunting, which includes hunting at night, is a problem all over the Big Island.

“We just want to make sure people are aware,” there are hunting laws, Miyamoto said. “We are enforcing those laws.”

He said illegal hunting offenses are often committed with other offenses such as trespassing and firearm violations.

Police did not say what happened to the boar carcass.

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