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The Online Muzzleloader Hunter Course

Just like the Traditional Muzzleloader course, the Online Muzzleloader course is composed of two parts. The only difference between Traditional and the Online course is that the classroom component of the online course is completed independently on the internet. After successfully passing the Online Field Day Qualifier Exam on the internet, you must attend a Field Day specifically designed for online students, where you will discuss Alaska specific muzzleloader hunting issues and complete a standardized proficiency shoot. It is only after successfully completing both parts of the course that you will receive your Muzzleloader Certification card.

There are a few EASY steps to enroll in an Online Muzzleloader Certification Course.

  1. To complete the online portion of the Muzzleloader Certification course, you will need an adequate computer, printer, and Internet access.
  2. Check the online field day course schedule to ensure that one of the field days fits in to your schedule before committing to an online course. The link to the field day schedule is at the bottom of this page.
  3. Study “Today’s Muzzleloader Hunter” on the website and complete the chapter review questions. Re-study any material you may have answered incorrectly.
  4. When you have studied all the chapters, take the Practice Test as many times as you like-free of charge-to ensure you've mastered the course material. A different set of questions is presented each time you take the Practice Test.
  5. To become eligible for admittance to a Field Day, take the Field Day Qualifier Examination. There is a $30.00 charge for the online exam. This fee is collected whether you pass or fail. A score of 80% is required for passing the examination.
  6. 6. Upon passing the Field Day Qualifier Exam, you can print out your Field Day Qualifier Certificate. After a one to three day waiting period, you will receive an email informing you that you can sign up online for a Field Day event. You must wait to receive this notification email before you can sign up. The Field Day will include a short discussion on “Muzzleloader Only” hunts and regulations in Alaska, safety review of powder use, range safety protocol and a live fire proficiency test. All students will then be required to pass a shooting proficiency with a certified instructor. Students that have completed the Online Course may still be required to take the current written exam at their field day.
  7. Each student will use their own muzzleloader firearm, projectiles, and powder. Only blackpowder or approved blackpowder substitutes are allowed. Smokeless powder is NOT allowed. The proficiency shoot must be completed with a muzzleloading firearm that meets the current state requirements for big game “Muzzleloader Only” hunts. The minimum caliber is .45, and scopes are NOT permitted.
  8. The student must successfully complete the online test and shooting proficiency to be certified. If any portion is not successfully completed, the student must retake the entire course. Online students also have the option to sign up for a Traditional Course for free if they failed the online course field day and don’t want to pay the online fee again.

Since Alaska is one of only a few states that offer a muzzleloader certification course, we understand that hunters from other states or those located in remote regions of Alaska, might have difficulty attending a scheduled muzzleloader field day in our more urban locations. In these cases, the following applies:

  • For Non-Residents: After you have successfully completed the online portion of the course, Alaska will allow a "certified proctor" in your state to conduct the shooting proficiency test for the required Field Day. A "certified proctor" will include any current NRA Instructor, NMLRA Instructor (National Muzzleloader Rifle Association), RSO (Range Safety Officer), or any active IHEA Volunteer Instructor (International Hunter Education Association). The proctor will be required to provide their current certification number to be valid. It will be your responsibility to locate a proctor in your area. You will also receive a copy of the current Alaska Game Regulations and required field day material that applies directly to hunting in Alaska with a muzzleloader. You must read and understand this material. Once you have completed the online portion of the course, please contact Gail Volt (907-267-2187) or by email, gail.volt@alaska.gov to receive the required packet for your Field Day.
  • For Alaska Residents: A number of muzzleloader field days will be offered in every region of the state of Alaska throughout the year. As the need arises, additional field days can be added to the schedule, based on volunteer instructor availability and location of requests. You can view the statewide schedule of Muzzleloader Field Days at www.huntereducation.alaska.gov. Utilizing a "certified proctor" will only be approved on a case-by-case basis for students living in areas where a field day has not been offered. A "certified proctor" in Alaska would included any current NRA or NMLRA Instructor, Range Safety Officer, IHEA Volunteer Instructor, ADF&G employee, Wildlife Trooper, Village Public Safety Officer, or Wildlife Refuge Officer. Please contact Gail Volt (907-267-2187) or by email, gail.volt@alaska.gov for more information.

Learn more about what is in involved in an Online muzzleloader field day.

View the statewide schedule for the Online Muzzleloader Hunter Education Field Days.

Enroll in the Online Muzzleloader Hunter Education Course.

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