Alaskans Afield


Class Information Date(s) Facility Cost per adult
Introduction to Big Game Hunting

Interested in filling your freezer? Experienced hunters will teach you the basics of how to hunt for big game species, including how to read the regulations, where to go, and what to pack.

Register for Introduction to Big Game Hunting
Friday, March 23, 2018, 6 to 9pm Matanuska Experiment Farm $10 (under 18 Free with each paying adult)
Field to Pantry Series

Participants must register for the entire 3-part series. Alaskans Afield Field to Pantry is brought to you by Alaska Department of Fish and Game, UAF Cooperative Extension Service and Outdoor Heritage Foundation of Alaska. This course is designed as a series so that participants have a start-to-finish preview of hunting a big game animal before venturing into the field. To ensure a safe environment and that students get hands-on experience, the course has a capacity of 10 people and a minimum age of 13.
  • Big Game Field Dressing — Learn to gut and skin the animal with hands-on experience! Our instructors will share tips on how to properly care for meat in the field so you maximize the quality and quantity of the meat you take home.
  • Big Game Meat Processing — The next step beyond field dressing is to assess the condition of the meat and process it for consumption. Instructors will show you how to make quality cuts- steaks and roasts- or use a grinder to make burger. Wrap the meat and take it home to your freezer!
  • Preserving Wild Game Meat — After harvesting game meat, learn ways to preserve the bounty for the future including canning, drying and freezing. In the lab, follow along as our instructor demonstrates how to preserve meat using a pressure canner.

Register for Field to Pantry Series
Saturday, March 24, 10am to 2pm; Friday, March 30, 6 to 9pm; Saturday, March 31, 10am to 3pm Matanuska Experiment Farm $100
Riflery — Principles & Practice

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.

— Not yet available for registration.
June TBA TBA $40
Outdoor Survival

Have you ever been stuck in the wilderness unexpectedly? Give yourself a better shot at surviving and being found by learning the basics of how to signal a rescue party, create an emergency kit, build a fire, and prevent bear encounters.

Register for Outdoor Survival
Saturday, June 2, 10am–1pm Matanuska Experiment Farm $20 (under 18 Free with each paying adult)
Archery for All

How do you hold a bow? What is a "nock?" Can you really hit that target? Absolutely! Our expert instructors will have you shooting bows successfully in no time!

Register for Archery for All
Saturday, July 14, 10am–1pm Archers Club Chugiak $20 (under 18 Free with each paying adult)
Small Game Hunting (2-part class)

Session I — Ptarmigan, grouse, and hare can make a tasty dinner. Learn where to find them and what equipment you'll need. Learn how to care for, and field-dress small game. We will also share some of our favorite recipes to get you started.

Session II — Learn to identify small game species and their preferred habitats. Participants will have the opportunity to venture into the field with Small Game Biologist, Rick Merizon, to observe hare, grouse and ptarmigan habitat.

Register for Small Game Hunting (2-part class)
Fri. August 17, 6–8 pm; Sat. August 18, 10am–1 pm Matanuska Experiment Farm $20 (under 18 Free with each paying adult)