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Searching for things to do with the kids or events for families? Look no further! Want to learn a new outdoor skill or get certified before you go hunting? We’ve got you covered! Looking for continuing education credits or professional development workshops for teachers? We provide them!

Check our event listings and mark your calendar to join us.

Hunter Education Events

The Hunter Information & Training Program, (HIT) offers a variety of certification and training courses as well hunter informational clinics. These courses are taught by qualified volunteer instructors and ADF&G personnel throughout the state. They include certification classes in Basic Hunter Education, Bowhunting, Muzzleloader, and Bear Baiting. Clinics include reloading, bow tuning and meat care to name a few. The HIT Program also offers these courses and clinics via the Mobile Shooting Sports trailer that visits remote, road accessible communities throughout the year. For classes and clinics in your area please check out these links:

2016 Events

Date Title Location Description
June 18 Alaskans Afield Riflery - Principles & Practice Mat-Su Our expert marksmen and women will introduce you to the fundamentals of shooting a .22 caliber rifle safely and accurately. Learn to shoot in various positions, including prone, sitting, kneeling and standing. Class is geared for adults and youth (10 and up) accompanied by an adult.
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July 15 – 16 Alaskans Afield Small Game Hunting - Class is FULL Mat-Su July 15 — Ptarmigan, grouse, and hare can make a tasty dinner. Learn where to find them, what equipment you'll need, and how to dress them.

July 16 — Learn to identify small game species and their preferred habitat in Alaska. Participants will venture into the field with Small Game Biologist, Rick Merizon, to observe hare, grouse and ptarmigan habitat.
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July 26 Alaskans Afield Introduction to Small Game Hunting Fairbanks Learn to identify small game species and their preferred habitat in Interior Alaska. Although you do not need much to participate in small game hunting, we will cover the basics including regulations, firearms and gear prep. Class is geared for adults and youth (11 and up) accompanied by an adult.
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July 27 Alaskans Afield Field Dressing Small Game - Class is Full Fairbanks Class is Full Learn how to care for, and field-dress small game. We will also share some of our favorite recipes to get you started. Prepare for a hands-on experience. Bring a small, sharp hunting knife if you have one. Class is geared for adults and youth (11 and up) accompanied by an adult.
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July 30 Alaskans Afield Judging Moose Antlers and Dall Sheep Horns Fairbanks As moose and sheep season approach, prepare yourself to judge antlers size and horn curl/aging in a field setting. Sheep horns and moose antlers of various sizes will be set up in the forest/field. Come learn techniques and test your skills. Appropriate for adults and hunting age youth.
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August 20 Alaskans Afield Step into Shotgun Juneau Learn the basic fundamentals of shooting at moving targets. Our instructors will have you breaking clay birds in no time.
Minimum age for this class is 10 years.
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September 10 Alaskans Afield Waterfowl Hunting Juneau Learn the fundamentals of bird hunting on Wetlands including: gear and ammo selection, distance estimation, setting up decoys, calling ducks in, and how to construct a blind.
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October 5, 7 pm – 8 pm Wildlife Wednesdays: Elk in Alaska & Beyond Mat-Su Matanuska Experiment Farm in Palmer. With Tony Kavalok of ADF&G. This iconic big game species with its unique and stirring mating call is typically associated with the front-country and mountainous portions of Montana, Idaho, Colorado, and Wy-oming. In Alaska, we are fortunate to have a couple of small populations of this large deer species in Southeast Alaska and portions of the Kodiak Archipelago. This presentation will touch on the three elk species found in North America, their history and current status in our state, and a bit about hunting and viewing opportunities. For more information, email sierra.doherty@alaska.gov .

Additional Information

Brought to you by Alaska Department of Fish & Game, Alaskans for Palmer Hay Flats, The Nature Conservancy & Mat-Su Salmon Habitat Partnership. 

All Mat-Su WW talks will be held at UAF Matanuska Experiment Farm, 1509 S. Georgeson Drive, Palmer, AK 99645. Meet in Kerttula Hall, upstairs classroom.

October 22, 9 am – 5 pm BATS in the Belfry! Problem or opportunity? Professional Development Workshop educators grades 5-12. Chugach Join Fish and Game educators and research biologist Marian Snively of the ADFG/TED Program for this unique look into the ecology of bats at Birchwood Camp in Chugach, one of the epicenters of bat activity in Alaska during October! 
Learn how to engage your students in research using data, current events, communicating science methods, and formulating essential questions with our updated Wildlife for the Future volume of the Alaska Wildlife Curriculum. 
Pre-registration is required. Contact Brenda.Duty@alaska.gov (907) 267-2216.
October 30, 2016 Beyond BOW Women's Hunter Education Class Anchorage For additional details visit the BOW Schedule page.
November 2, 7 pm – 8 pm Wildlife Wednesdays: Raising Reindeer Mat-Su Matanuska Experiment Farm in Palmer. With Eric Waite of The Reindeer Farm. Reindeer were brought to Alaska’s Seward Peninsula from Siberia in the late 1800’s as a source of food and to carry supplies. Today, there are a few dozen reindeer herders and approximately 30,000 reindeer in the state. Join Eric Waite as he highlights the history and educational opportunities of Palmer’s Reindeer Farm. He will demonstrate how to distinguish reindeer from caribou, discuss their unique adaptations to surviving in cold climates, and cover the details of what is involved in raising reindeer. For more information, email sierra.doherty@alaska.gov .

Additional Information

Brought to you by Alaska Department of Fish & Game, Alaskans for Palmer Hay Flats, The Nature Conservancy & Mat-Su Salmon Habitat Partnership.

All Mat-Su WW talks will be held at UAF Matanuska Experiment Farm, 1509 S. Georgeson Drive, Palmer, AK 99645. Meet in Kerttula Hall, upstairs classroom.

November 5, 4 pm – 7 pm BATS in the Belfry (continued)! Problem or opportunity? Professional Development Workshop educators grades 5-12. Chugach Join Fish and Game educators and research biologist Marian Snively of the ADFG/TED Program for this unique look into the ecology of bats at Eagle River Nature Center in Chugach, one of the epicenters of bat activity in Alaska during October! 
Learn how to engage your students in research using data, current events, communicating science methods, and formulating essential questions with our updated Wildlife for the Future volume of the Alaska Wildlife Curriculum. 
Pre-registration is required. Contact Brenda.Duty@alaska.gov (907) 267-2216.
November 5, 10 am – 1 pm Growing Up WILD: Amazing Adaptations! Talkeetna Sunshine Station Child Care Center, Talkeetna, Alaska. For teachers of children ages 3-7 years old. Open to parents, teachers and other care providers. Be prepared to be outside! Cost $20 and includes the Growing Up WILD Curriculum Guide. Pre-registration required. Contact Brenda Duty Brenda.duty@alaska.gov or call 907-267-2216 
December 7, 7 pm – 8 pm Wildlife Wednesdays: Dall Sheep in the Chugach Mat-Su Matanuska Experiment Farm in Palmer. With Tom Lohuis of ADF&G. Dall sheep inhabit some of the most extreme and rugged terrain in Alaska, including alpine ridges and steep slopes. The remoteness of sheep habitat protects them from threats, and yet Dall sheep populations in the Chugach have declined over the last 20-25 years. Tom Lohuis, sheep research biologist, will share his research investigating the potential causes for this decline, discuss what the Alaska Department of Fish and Game has planned for the future, and consider what this might mean for sheep populations in Southcentral Alaska. For more information, email sierra.doherty@alaska.gov .

Additional Information

Brought to you by Alaska Department of Fish & Game, Alaskans for Palmer Hay Flats, The Nature Conservancy & Mat-Su Salmon Habitat Partnership.

All Mat-Su WW talks will be held at UAF Matanuska Experiment Farm, 1509 S. Georgeson Drive, Palmer, AK 99645. Meet in Kerttula Hall, upstairs classroom.