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Alaska's Field Day Requirements for the ONLINE Basic Hunter Education Students ONLY

Online students must attend a field day associated with the online course. This course is only for students who have successfully completed the Online Basic Hunter Education “field day qualifier” portion of the course. Students taking the Basic Hunter Education Online Course may not attend a Traditional/Independent Study Field Day to complete their course.

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If you have successfully completed the Online Basic Hunter Education Course,

Young hunter in training walking through the woods (Note: This field day is ONLY for those students that have completed the “field day qualifier” portion of the Alaska Basic Hunter Education Course on the internet.)

The field day associated with the Online Hunter Education Course will be 5-6 hours depending on the amount of students attending, with a maximum class size of 24. The Field Day will include a short classroom review of safety issues, a firearms handling exercise with “cut-away” firearms, a “simulated” hunting, field exercise carrying “cutaway” firearms and a shooting proficiency with .22 rim-fire rifles or air-guns (all firearms provided by ADF&G). Be sure to have proper clothing for these outdoor sessions. The classroom session will cover Alaska specific regulations and issues, and firearms handling and safety. The required field course is to be accomplished in outdoor conditions. The intent is to match "real" hunting conditions as much as possible. However, if extreme weather conditions exist, some of the scenarios may be simulated indoors.

All applicants for Basic Hunter Education Certification must successfully complete a standardized proficiency shoot and “simulated” hunting, field exercise. Hunter Education Field Day students that have completed the Online Course are still required to take the current Alaska Hunter Education 50 question, written exam and score at least 80%.

The field course portion will require a student to demonstrate safe gun handling in a variety of hunting and field situations. Students will be asked to decide on “shoot/don’t shoot” scenarios as well as discuss legal, ethical and safety issues in each situation. There will also be game identification and range estimation. Instructors shall evaluate the field course on a "pass/fail" basis.

During the required proficiency shoot, each student shall fire five practice rounds from three of the following positions: standing, kneeling, sitting or prone (15 total, practice shots). After students have fired their practice rounds and have had opportunity to check targets, the qualification examination will be administered.

For the qualification examination, a student will fire five rounds from any one of the four positions (standing, kneeling, sitting or prone). The student must place four out of five shots within two inches with an air rifle at 33 feet, three inches with a rim-fire rifle at 50 feet (indoors), or four inches with a rimfire rifle at 25 yards (outdoors). We are looking for a “group”, not bulls-eye shooting.

Students with disabilities will not be required to sit, kneel, or lay prone; for example those that have been through recent knee surgery, or have bad knees or hips.

Regardless of the shooting skills demonstrated, a disruptive or unsportsmanlike attitude by a student during any portion of the Field Day may result in a failing grade being assigned by the instructor. If the student does not successfully complete all portions of the field course (including a written test), they must re-take the entire course.

If the student does not successfully complete the field day portion of the course within one year of obtaining their Field Day Qualifier, they will be required to repeat the entire course to be certified.