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Thursday, January 18 2018 @ 10:39 AM AKST

Mandatory Crossbow Education Course Now Available Online

Fish and Game(STATEWIDE) — A new online crossbow education course is now available on the Alaska Department of Fish and Game's website. The course — along with an accompanying field program — is mandatory under regulations that go into effect this summer requiring hunting certification for those who use crossbows to take big game in Alaska.

Beginning July 1, 2018, only hunters who have successfully completed a department-approved crossbow certification course may use crossbows to take big game in Alaska. Regulations mandating certification were adopted by the Alaska Board of Game in 2016.

Alaska's online crossbow education course provides instruction on crossbow techniques, safety, wildlife conservation, and outdoors preparedness. After passing a test covering the online curriculum, hunters must attend a field day and successfully complete a proficiency shoot. Crossbow certification is awarded to those who complete both portions, and certification cards must be carried in the field while hunting.

For more information about crossbow hunting education and requirements in Alaska, or to participate in the department's online crossbow education course, visit the Crossbow Education webpage at http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=huntered.crossbow or contact Ginamaria Smith at (907) 267-2196 or ginamaria.smith@alaska.gov .

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