The HIT Program has received numerous questions regarding how we plan to inform the public (resident & non-resident hunters) and meet their education needs due to the Alaska Board of Game’s recent decision to pass the following regulation, “Bowhunters in hunts restricted to archery only must carry their IBEP or equivalent department approved certification card on them while archery hunting in the field, and must show their card to peace officers and department employees upon request. Beginning July 1, 2016, all big game hunters using archery will be required to have successfully completed a department approved certification course. Currently, this is required if the hunt is restricted to archery only.
The HIT Program is currently completing the following actions in order to get the word out to non-resident and resident bowhunters so that they aren’t surprised by this requirement:
1. Updates to our webpage. http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=huntered.main
2. Emails to lower 48 State Agency contacts that proctor similar programs
Ie-International Hunter Education Association (IHEA) members and National Bowhunter Education Foundation (NBEF) members
3. Emails to Alaska Professional Hunters Association
4. Emails to Alaska archery and bowhunting clubs/groups
5. Emails to Archery Trade Association membership (all archery-related retailers)
6. Advertisements at sporting goods and archery stores
To meet the need, we plan to increase the number of Bowhunter Ed. classes offered statewide over the next two years. We have over 150 volunteer Bowhunter Ed. instructors living throughout the state and if we don’t have an instructor in a particular city or village, we have instructors that are willing to travel to conduct classes. If you have questions from community members about class schedules, opportunities, or the new regulations, please have them contact us at: (907) 267-2196, firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website at www.huntereducation.alaska.gov.