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Alaska's Field Day Requirements for the ONLINE Muzzleloader 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 Muzzleloader Education “field day qualifier” portion of the course. Students taking the Muzzleloader Education Online Course may not attend a Traditional Field Day to complete their course.

The field day associated with the Online Muzzleloader Education Course will be 3-4 hours depending on the amount of students attending, with a maximum class size of 12. The Field Day will include a short classroom session discussing current “Muzzleloader Only” hunts and regulations in Alaska, safety review of powder use, range safety protocol and a live fire proficiency test. Be sure to have proper clothing for the outdoor proficiency shoot.

Muzzleloader Field Day students that have completed the Online Course may still be required to take the current Alaska Muzzleloader written exam.

Live Fire Exercise:

All applicants for Muzzleloader education certification must successfully complete a standardized proficiency shoot. Each student must 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.

The proficiency test must be completed on targets provided by the instructor. Each student will choose their bullet and powder choice based on their prior shooting practice. The student will choose a shooting position; standing, kneeling, sitting, or prone and cannot have the aid of any rest. The student must place four out of five shots within an 8” group at 50 yards, or 4” group at 25 yards. We are looking for a “group”, not bulls-eye shooting.

If a student fails the proficiency shoot, they may, at the discretion of the instructor, re-shoot that day, but only after everyone else has shot. If the student fails the same day re-shoot, they must retake the entire online course and pay the course fee. Students will not be allowed to do a re-shoot any other day unless they are re-taking the entire course. If the student does not want to pay the fee for a second online course, they have the option of signing up (at no charge) for a future, Traditional Muzzleloader Course (contact ADF&G).

If a student fails to attend or is not successful in completing the proficiency 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.