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2017 Seminar, Workshop & Demonstration Schedule

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Children’s Fishing Pond
4 to 8 p.m. Ben Boeke Arena

ADF&G Interactive Laser Shooting Range
4 to 9 p.m. Ben Boeke Arena

Archery Range
4 to 9 p.m. Sullivan Arena

Hands-On Air Rifle Range
4 to 9 p.m. Ben Boeke Arena

Bird Treatment and Learning Center
4 to 9 p.m.

5:00 p.m.

Stage 1: Halibut Fishing for Beginners & Advanced Anglers withJohn Beath, Alaska fishing guide and tackle manufacturer, will share the best halibut fishing tactics, locations, strategies and secrets to help anglers consistently catch more halibut in Alaska’s vast waters. He will cover best baits, lures, tides, currents, anchoring, chumming, drifting, jigging and more. The presentation will also feature images and video. Beath is the owner of Halibut.net and Squidlures.com.

VIP Room: Fishing with and Understanding CHIRP Sonar with Regional Marine Trainer John Murch of Garmin will teach fishing enthusiasts how to use and understand Garmin’s Chirp Sonar, along with Clear Vu, Side Vu technology. See what’s on the screen and how to use different frequencies.

6:00 p.m.

Stage 1: Hunting Namibia: If you’re interested in hunting Africa, this seminar is for you, whether you’re planning your first safari or are a veteran African hunter. Mark Tuter, a veteran of 15 African safaris, Alaska’s Professional Sportsman of the Year and author of “Heart of the Hunter” will explain how to plan and enjoy a safari to Africa’s most reasonably priced and safest destination – the country of Namibia.

Stage 2: Super Salmon – The Movie: A salmon in Alaska makes an unlikely journey on “the Mount Everest of rivers,” the Susitna as residents consider the costs and benefits of a mega dam. Presented by Trout Unlimited and the Susitna River Coalition.

Stage 3: Field Care of Big Game Meat and Trophies with Author and Big Game Guide Michael Strahan will include proper field care of your meat and trophies, from the kill site to the processor. Strahan will talk about tools and methods to keep your meat from spoiling in the field and includes an overview of the legal requirements for handling your big game.

Stage 4: Proper Trolling Techniques for Saltwater Fishing with Captain Mike Patterson of Catch A Lot Charters will cover troll speed, boat handling techniques and proper bait rigging.

VIP Room: Firearm Laws of Alaska with Brenda Trefren of Majority Arms Firearm Training will include an overview of Alaska firearm laws, Alaska conceal carry laws, justifications for lethal force and where you can and can’t carry a firearm.

Outdoors-through the Upstairs NE Doors: Burl Bowl Carving Demo with Tom Corr of Tom’s Custom Log homes will show how to make a bowl from a spruce or cottonwood burl.

7:00 p.m.

Stage 1: Fishing with Electric Reels and Deep Drop Angling with Steward Valladolid, a buyer and pro angler with B&J Sporting Goods, features basic to advanced ways to fish your electric reel and tips on how to catch deep dwelling fish.

Stage 3: Alaska Hunt Planning Workshop with Michael Strahan teaches the steps involved in planning a successful Alaska expedition hunt. Whether you’re considering a float hunt or a drop-camp hunt, an organized approach is essential to your success. Learn from and ask questions of a 25-year veteran hunt planner and registered guide. Strahan is a Registered guide and author and also is the owner of www.alaskaoutdoorssupersite.com and the Alaska Outdoor Forums.

Stage 4: Fishing Better Beads with Damond Blankenship of Fish & Float will show you how to take “raw” beads and make them into fish catching beads. Learn how to modify and store packaged beads for better results in fishing, as well as how to present beads while fishing. He will demonstrate effective hook and bead connections, show you how to properly sharpen a hook and explain how to know when the hook is sharp.

Fly Casting Pond: Advanced Fly Casting with Instructor Tony Weaver

Friday, March 31, 2017

Children’s Fishing Pond
12 to 7 p.m. Ben Boeke Arena

ADF&G Interactive Laser Shooting Range
12 to 8 p.m. Ben Boeke Arena

Archery Range
12 to 8 p.m. Sullivan Arena

Hands-On Air Rifle Range
12 to 8 p.m. Ben Boeke Arena

Bird Treatment and Learning Center
12 to 8 p.m.

1:00 p.m.

Stage 1: Kayak Fishing in Southcentral Alaska with Rudy Tsukada of Alaska Raft and Kayak will cover kayak selection, required gear, locations and techniques for catching salmon, halibut and trout from a kayak in Southcentral Alaska.

Stage 2: Halibut Hand Grenades with Captain Scott Vanderlooven of All About Fishing Charters will discuss no fail scents, lures and techniques to put more and bigger halibut in your freezer.

Stage 3: Flyfishing for Arctic Grayling with Pudge Kleinkauf, author of “Fly Fishing for Alaska’s Arctic Grayling: Sailfish of the North” will share information about Alaska’s incredible Arctic grayling — how to catch them, where to find them and why they are such a special fish.

Stage 4: Trolling for King Salmon with a Downrigger with Captain Jeff Peterson of Kodiak will cover how to setup a downrigger, how to rig herring and various tackle setup techniques. Peterson trolls for king salmon year-round in Alaska’s waters.

VIP Room: GPS for Outdoor Enthusiasts is presented by the Alaska Arc User Group. Join Chris Harrington and Luke Gasek to learn what’s new in GPS navigation devices. Navigate a course using an old-school map and compass, as well as Garmin GPS handhelds with the group. Whether you are into recreational geocaching or a hunter, this class is a great introduction to GPS technology.

Fly Casting Pond: Fly Casting Tips & Tricks with Instructor Tony Weaver

2:00 p.m.

Stage 1: Do-It-Yourself Halibut fishing in Kachemak Bay with David Bayes of Bayes Boat Rental LLC will share tips and techniques on how to interpret local weather and tides in Kachemak Bay. He’ll also cover halibut fishing tips and techniques for fishing out of Homer.

Stage 2: Are You Ready? Cold Water and Survival Gear with Kelli Toth of the Alaska Office of Boating Safety. Alaska’s paradise is amazing, but are you rescue ready if the unexpected occurs? Regardless of swimming ability or experience on the water, Mother Nature can be relentless in Alaska and accidents can happen. Explore how to survive cold water immersion, what to expect if you do end up in the water and what types of required and recommended gear do you need for your boat.

Stage 3: Stand Up Paddling (SUP) in Alaska: A Growing Trend will cover the history of SUP, its emergence in Alaska, different types of SUPs and predictions on the potential for SUP in Alaska from Sami Glascott, Owner and Instructor with Unravel, LLC. Find out how to SUP safely, what it takes to set up an SUP business (equipment and qualified instructors) and the basics on how to SUP.

Stage 4: Proper Trolling Techniques for Saltwater Fishing with Captain Mike Patterson of Catch A Lot Charters will cover troll speed, boat handling techniques and proper bait rigging.

VIP Room: Active Shooter Response, with Lead Firearm Instructor Brenda Trefren with Majority Arms Firearm Training, will profile active shooter and response options in various active shooter events. Her advice is based on the principle of ALDCE and run, hide and fight.

3:00 p.m.

Stage 1: Saltwater Salmon Trolling Secrets and Strategies with fishing guide and tackle manufacturer John Beath will include his secrets and strategies to catch more coho and Chinook salmon in Alaska’s vast saltwater. Beath’s presentation will explain the six-hour tidal window and why anglers should understand when and why some colors and baits work better as tides and currents change throughout the day. Beath holds the IGFA six-pound line class world record for Chinook salmon.

Stage 2: Fishing the Nushagak for Kings with Dillingham Fisheries Biologists Jason Dye and Ian Fo will discuss management, regulations, run timing and techniques for fishing kings in the Nushagak River.

Stage 3: Buying and Selling Land and Cabins in Alaska is for anyone looking to buy or sell a cabin or land in Alaska. Join Yvan Corbin of Top Shelf Realty as he offers tips on how to find land and cabins that are for sale, as well as how to list your cabin or land if you want to sell. A lender also will be on hand to discuss financing options and other details of the transaction.

Stage 4: Super Salmon – The Movie – A salmon in Alaska makes an unlikely journey on “the Mount Everest of rivers,” as Susitna residents consider the costs and benefits of a mega dam. Presented by Trout Unlimited and the Susitna River Coalition.

VIP Room: Satellite Communication, SOS and Tracking on the Garmin inReach with Bill Loud and Josh Moremen of Garmin USA will teach you how to do remote two-way communications using the Garmin inReach. This workshop covers the SOS activation and rescue process, location tracking, beginning and advanced product training and account setup training. Learn the background of the technology used and hear several success stories from inReach users.

4:00 p.m.

Stage 1: Fishing with Electric Reels and Deep Drop Angling with Stewart Valladolid, a buyer and pro angler with B&J Sporting Goods, features basic to advanced ways to fish your electric reel and tips on how to catch deep dwelling fish.

Stage 2: Big Su Burbot with the Alaska Department of Fish & Game. Burbot are not often targeted as much as other sport fish and fishing pressure is relatively low on the Big Susitna Drainage. Join Palmer Fisheries Biologist Daryl Lescanec for information about this fishery and methods for targeting burbot in the winter months under the ice on the Big Susitna River.

Stage 3: Women and Couples Flyfish Around Alaska Show with Pudge Kleinkauf of Women’s Flyfishing. It’s true, flyfishing definitely takes you to beautiful places and Pudge will take you there too, as she shows you why both women and couples enjoy wonderful guided trips with her for salmon, trout, grayling, char and pike in a variety of locations around Alaska. Let’s go exploring!

Stage 4: Halibut Hand Grenades with Captain Scott Vanderlooven of All About Fishing Charters will discuss no fail scents, lures and techniques to put more and bigger halibut in your freezer.

VIP Lounge: Your Guide to Kodiak with Chastity McCarthy, the executive director of Discover Kodiak, will give you all the information you need about Kodiak Island activities, fishing seasons, special events and how to plan a trip to this beautiful Alaska destination.

5:00 p.m.

Stage 1: Field Care of Alaskan Bears with Russell Knight of Knight’s Taxidermy is one of the Sportsman Show favorite seminars. Knight will discuss skinning and hide field preparation for Alaskan black and brown bears.

Stage 2: Hunting Alaska’s Grouse, Ptarmigan, and Hare offers an opportunity to learn about Alaska’s grouse, ptarmigan and hare species from Small Game Biologist Rick Merizon. Find out where to find them, how to hunt them, regulations and current status of local populations.

Stage 3: Field Care of Big Game Meat and Trophies with Author and Big Game Guide Michael Strahan will include proper field care of your meat and trophies, from the kill site to the processor. Strahan will talk about tools and methods to keep your meat from spoiling in the field and includes an overview of the legal requirements for handling your big game.

Stage 4: Fishing and Boat Knots with Damond Blankenship of Fish and Float will teach you how to tie knots that are strong, and what makes a strong and weak knot. This class includes hands on practice on knots for boating and docking, as well as for securing loads.

VIP Room: Fishing with and Understanding CHIRP Sonar with Regional Marine Trainer John Murch of Garmin will teach fishing enthusiasts how to use and understand Garmin’s Chirp Sonar, along with Clear Vu, Side Vu technology. See what’s on the screen and how to use different frequencies.

Fly Casting Pond: Hands-on Women’s Fly Casting Clinic with Pudge Kleinkauf of Women’s Flyfishing

6:00 p.m.

Stage 1: Halibut Fishing for Beginners & Advanced Anglers: John Beath, Alaska fishing guide and tackle manufacturer, will share the best halibut fishing tactics, locations, strategies and secrets to help anglers consistently catch more halibut in Alaska’s vast waters. He will cover best baits, lures, tides, currents, anchoring, chumming, drifting, jigging and more. The presentation will also feature images and video. Beath is the owner of Halibut.net and Squidlures.com.

Stage 2: Fishing Kodiak’s Road System with Kodiak Sport Fish Fisheries Biologists Tyler Polum and Mark Witteveen will cover sportfishing opportunities in the Kodiak Road Zone for both freshwater and saltwater. They will discuss sockeye, king and coho fishing in freshwater systems and opportunities to fish kings and coho in the salt from the Port of Kodiak, as well as halibut, lingcod and rockfish. Find out the best opportunities for a do-it-yourself fishing trip on Kodiak.

Stage 3: Alaska Hunt Planning Workshop with Michael Strahan teaches the steps involved in planning a successful Alaska expedition hunt. Whether you’re considering a float hunt or a drop-camp hunt, an organized approach is essential to your success. Learn from and ask questions of a 25-year veteran hunt planner and registered guide. Strahan is a Registered guide and author and also is the owner of www.alaskaoutdoorssupersite.com and the Alaska Outdoor Forums.

Stage 4: Hunting Namibia: If you’re interested in hunting Africa, this seminar is for you, whether you’re planning your first safari or are a veteran African hunter. Mark Tuter, a veteran of 15 African safaris, Alaska’s Professional Sportsman of the Year and author of “Heart of the Hunter” will explain how to plan and enjoy a safari to Africa’s most reasonably priced and safest destination – the country of Namibia.

VIP Room: Outdoor Ethics with the Chugach Children’s Forest youth. These kids have been practicing outdoor leave no trace principles for several years on their trips into the forest and Prince William Sound. View several fun and informative videos they have developed about responsible land use. This seminar, presented by Chugach National Forest, should be of interest to backcountry hikers, hunters, fisherman, kayakers and boaters.

Fly Casting Pond: Fly Casting Tips and Tricks with Instructor Tony Weaver.

Outdoors-through the Sullivan Arena Northeast Doors: Burl Bowl Carving Demo with Tom Corr of Tom’s Custom Log homes will show how to make a bowl from a spruce or cottonwood burl.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Children’s Fishing Pond
10 a.m. to 7 p.m Ben Boeke Arena

ADF&G Interactive Laser Shooting Range
10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Ben Boeke Arena

Archery Range
10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sullivan Arena

Hands-On Air Rifle Range
10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Ben Boeke Arena

Bird Treatment and Learning Center
10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

11:00 a.m.

Stage 2: Fishing Kodiak’s Road System with Kodiak Sport Fish Fisheries Biologists Tyler Polum and Mark Witteveen covers sportfishing opportunities in the Kodiak Road Zone for both freshwater and saltwater. They will discuss sockeye, king and coho fishing in freshwater systems and opportunities to fish kings and coho in the salt from the Port of Kodiak, as well as halibut, lingcod and rockfish. Find out the best opportunities for a do-it-yourself fishing trip on Kodiak.

Stage 3: Field Care of Big Game Meat and Trophies with Author and Big Game Guide Michael Strahan will include proper field care of your meat and trophies, from the kill site to the processor. Strahan will talk about tools and methods to keep your meat from spoiling in the field and includes an overview of the legal requirements for handling your big game.

Stage 4: Hunting Namibia: If you’re interested in hunting Africa, this seminar is for you, whether you’re planning your first safari or are a veteran African hunter. Mark Tuter, a veteran of 15 African safaris, Alaska’s Professional Sportsman of the Year and author of “Heart of the Hunter” will explain how to plan and enjoy a safari to Africa’s most reasonably priced and safest destination – the country of Namibia.

VIP Room: House Problems with Tom Corr of Tom’s Custom Log Homes includes instruction on how to finish a long home, how to deal with problems with log building and tips for saving money on tools.

12 noon

Stage 1: Fishing with Electric Reels and Deep Drop Angling with Stewart Valladolid, a buyer and pro angler with B&J Sporting Goods, features basic to advanced ways to fish your electric reel and tips on how to catch deep dwelling fish.

Stage 2: Fishing Kodiak’s Remote Waters features Kodiak Sport Fish Fisheries Biologist Michelle Stratton who will highlight all of Kodiak’s fly-out fisheries and discuss opportunities to fish sockeye, kings, coho and halibut. The presentation also will spotlight drainages such as the Karluk, Ayakulik, Uganik, Litnik and Dog Salmon and includes a look at Kodiak’s increasingly popular steelhead fisheries.

Stage 3: Pacific Salmon and Flies that Take Them with Pudge Kleinkauf of Women’s Flyfishing will educate you about Alaska’s five species of Pacific salmon and their life cycle and habitats. Learn how to use and tie lots of new flies to help you catch them. Pudge also will introduce you to the 32 flies in her book “Pacific Salmon Flies: New Ties & Old Standbys.”

Stage 4: Proper Trolling Techniques for Saltwater Fishing with Captain Mike Patterson of Catch A Lot Charters will cover troll speed, boat handling techniques and proper bait rigging.

VIP Room: GPS for Outdoor Enthusiasts is presented by the Alaska Arc User Group. Join Chris Harrington and Luke Gasek to learn what’s new in GPS navigation devices. Navigate a course using an old-school map and compass, as well as Garmin GPS handhelds with the group. Whether you are into recreational geocaching or a hunter, this class is a great introduction to GPS technology.

Fly Casting Pond: Kids Casting with Orlando Gonzales Alaska on the Fly Guide & Outfitters.

1:00 p.m.

Stage 1: Saltwater Salmon Trolling Secrets and Strategies with Alaska fishing guide and tackle manufacturer John Beath will share his secrets and strategies to catch more coho and Chinook salmon in Alaska’s vast saltwater. His presentation will explain the six-hour tidal window and why anglers should understand when and why some colors and baits work better as tides and currents change throughout the day. Beath holds the IGFA six-pound line class world record for Chinook salmon.

Stage 2: Shrimping in Prince William Sound includes all the information you need on how to target various shrimp species found in Prince William Sound with Area Management Biologist, Jay Baumer.

Stage 4: Lace ‘Em Up – How to Prep For Your Alaska Dall Sheep Hunt with Scott Luber, Owner of Proving Trail Adventures, will cover backpack hunting tips and tricks and ethics learned from sheep hunting in Alaska. Luber will discuss physical and mental preparation for the hunt, stalking rams and judging legal rams. Luber is one of two people in Alaska to have taken a Dall ram from every mountain range in Alaska, all by hiking in from the road. He’ll also share some spectacular photos in his Powerpoint presentation.

VIP Lounge: Halibut Hand Grenades with Captain Scott Vanderlooven of All About Fishing Charters will discuss no fail scents, lures and techniques to put more and bigger halibut in your freezer.

Fly Casting Pond: Hands-on Women’s Fly Casting Clinic with Pudge Kleinkauf of Women’s Fly Fishing

Outdoors: Through the Upstairs Northeast Doors: Let’s Cut Lumber with Tom Corr of Tom’s Custom Log Homes is a demonstration of how to cut lumber with a chainsaw.

2:00 p.m.

Stage 1: Field Care of Alaskan Bears with Russell Knight of Knight’s Taxidermy is always a Sportsman Show favorite seminar. Knight will discuss skinning and hide field preparation for Alaskan black and brown bears.

Stage 2: Deepwater Release and Rockfish Survival will cover the use of deepwater release mechanisms and how they can greatly increase the survivability of rockfish. Explore the use of deepwater release methods and learn about the life history of various species of rockfish found in Alaska by attending with Assistant Area Management Biologist Brittany Blain.

Stage 3: Alaska Hunt Planning Workshop with Michael Strahan teaches the steps involved in planning a successful Alaska expedition hunt. Whether you’re considering a float hunt or a drop-camp hunt, an organized approach is essential to your success. Learn from and ask questions of a 25-year veteran hunt planner and registered guide. Strahan is a Registered guide and author and also is the owner of www.alaskaoutdoorssupersite.com and the Alaska Outdoor Forums.

Stage 4: Fishing Better Beads with Damond Blankenship of Fish & Float will show you how to take “raw” beads and make them into fish catching beads. Learn how to modify and store packaged beads for better results in fishing, as well as how to present beads while fishing. He will demonstrate effective hook and bead connections, show you how to properly sharpen a hook and explain how to know when the hook is sharp.

Fly Casting Pond: Fly Casting Basics with Instructor Tony Weaver

3:00 p.m.

Stage 1: Halibut Fishing for Beginners & Advanced Anglers with John Beath, Alaska fishing guide and tackle manufacturer, will share the best halibut fishing tactics, locations, strategies and secrets to help anglers consistently catch more halibut in Alaska’s vast waters. He will cover best baits, lures, tides, currents, anchoring, chumming, drifting, jigging and more. The presentation will also feature images and video. Beath is the owner of Halibut.net and Squidlures.com.

Stage 2: Are You Ready? Cold Water and Survival Gear with Kelli Toth of the Alaska Office of Boating Safety. Alaska’s paradise is amazing, but are you rescue ready if the unexpected occurs? Regardless of swimming ability or experience on the water, Mother Nature can be relentless in Alaska and accidents can happen. Explore how to survive cold water immersion, what to expect if you do end up in the water and what types of required and recommended gear do you need for your boat.

Stage 3: Buying and Selling Land and Cabins in Alaska is perfect for anyone looking to buy or sell a cabin or land in Alaska? Join Yvan Corbin of Top Shelf Realty for tips on how to find land and cabins that are for sale, as well as how to list your cabin or land if you want to sell. A lender also will be on hand to discuss financing options and other details of the transaction.

Stage 4: Active Shooter Response with Lead Firearm Instructor Brenda Trefren with Majority Arms Firearm Training will profile active shooter and response options in various active shooter events. Her advice is based on the principle of ALDCE and run, hide and fight.

VIP Room: Learn Flyfish with Flyfishing Instructor and Author Tony Weaver will cover the basic “need to know” information for anyone interested in learning how to get started with flyfishing. In this accelerated learning seminar, Weaver will discuss how to buy the correct rod, reel and line and how to set up your gear for Alaska. He also will cover basic knots, leaders and a simple fly box setup for Alaska fishing. Learn all the basics and common mistakes in purchasing equipment in this one-hour intensive workshop. Join Tony on the Casting Pond following the seminar.

Fly Casting Pond: Going the Distance, Learning the Double Haul with Orlando Gonzales with Alaska on the Fly Guide & Outfitters.

4:00 p.m.

Stage 1: Pick it Up, Pack it Out: Be Strong for Your Hunting and Fishing Season with Ginny Grabowski of AlaskaFit will give you all the information you need to be strong for your summer activities. Learn simple things you can do at home and in your tent to have your best hunting and fishing season. Ginny is a best-selling author and a 14-year Alaska resident who enjoys all aspects of outdoor life and loves to share her knowledge of fitness and nutrition with fellow outdoorsmen and women. Even if you’re not as young as you used to be, Ginny has tips for how you can enjoy the experience.

Stage 2: Hunting Alaska’s Grouse, Ptarmigan, and Hare offers an opportunity to learn about Alaska’s grouse, ptarmigan and hare species from Small Game Biologist Rick Merizon. Find out where to find them, how to hunt them, regulations and current status of local populations.

Stage 3: Women and Couples Flyfish Around Alaska Show with Pudge Kleinkauf of Women’s Flyfishing. Flyfishing definitely takes you to beautiful places and Pudge will take you there too, as she shows you why both women and couples enjoy wonderful guided trips with her for salmon, trout, grayling, char and pike in a variety of locations around Alaska. Let’s go exploring!

Stage 4: Lace ‘Em Up – How to Prep For Your Alaska Dall Sheep Hunt with Scott Luber, Owner of Proving Trail Adventures, will cover backpack hunting tips and tricks and ethics learned from sheep hunting in Alaska. Luber will discuss physical and mental preparation for the hunt, stalking rams and judging legal rams. Luber is one of two people in Alaska to have taken a Dall ram from every mountain range in Alaska, all by hiking in from the road. He’ll also share some spectacular photos in his Powerpoint presentation.

VIP Room: Introduction to Log Home Building with Tom Corr of Tom’s Custom Log Homes covers the basics of building with logs, costs, determining the number of logs needed, choosing the right size logs and what to expect throughout the project.

5:00 p.m.

Stage 1: Kayak Fishing in Southcentral Alaska with Rudy Tsukada of Alaska Raft and Kayak will cover kayak selection, required gear, locations and techniques for catching salmon, halibut and trout from a kayak in Southcentral Alaska.

Stage 2: Fishing for Kings and Silvers in Anchorage with the Alaska Department of Fish & Game shares how to effectively fish for anadromous king and silver salmon in Anchorage-area waters. This seminar will cover location, run timing, bait and lure choices and is presented by Fish & Wildlife Technician Donald Arthur.

Stage 3: Float Hunting Alaska’s Wild Rivers: This intensive two-hour seminar by Michael Strahan includes three sections of material: 1) Choosing a River – how to find the right river for your float hunt. Includes brand new information sources that will make the planning process more effective; 2) Boat Selection – Are you lost in the confusion on raft fabrics and all the different einflatables for float hunting? Learn how to choose the best boat for your float fishing or float-hunting expedition; and 3) Field Techniques – Learn the best field techniques from over 20 years of guiding float hunters for moose, caribou and bear. This session also discusses river hunting principles and strategies, pacing and river navigation.

Stage 4: Trolling for King Salmon with a Downrigger with Captain Jeff Peterson of Kodiak Combos will cover how to setup a down rigger, how to rig herring and various tackle setup techniques. Peterson trolls for king salmon year-round in Alaska’s waters.

VIP Room: Fishing with and Understanding CHIRP Sonar with Regional Marine Trainer John Murch of Garmin will teach fishing enthusiasts how to use and understand Garmin’s Chirp Sonar, along with Clear Vu, Side Vu technology. See what’s on the screen and how to use different frequencies.

6:00 p.m.

Stage 1: Do-It-Yourself Halibut Fishing in Kachemak Bay with David Bayes of Bayes Boat Rental LLC will share tips and techniques on how to interpret local weather and tides in Kachemak Bay. Bayes also cover halibut fishing tips and techniques for fishing out of Homer.

Stage 2: Super Salmon – The Movie – A salmon in Alaska makes an unlikely journey on “the Mount Everest of rivers,” the Susitna as residents consider the costs and benefits of a mega dam. Presented by Trout Unlimited and the Susitna River Coalition.

Stage 3: Float Hunting Alaska’s Wild Rivers with Michael Strahan (continued).

Stage 4: Fly Fishing for Rainbow, Grayling and Dolly Varden: Equipment & Patterns with Rich Johnson of Alaska Fly Fishers will discuss basic equipment needs for all three species and effective fly patterns, both commercially available and custom-tied for fishing on Southcentral streams and lakes and in the Denali Highway area. If you are new to Alaska, or a novice fly fisher, this seminar is the perfect way to be successful at flyfishing.

VIP Room: Recommended Firearms for Self Defense in Alaska with Brenda Trefren, a Lead Firearm Instructor with Majority Arms Firearm Training, will teach you about firearm safety, what firearms work in Alaska’s harsh environment and which ones don’t work. Trefren will cover the requirements for a self-defense gun and how to choose a firearm for a woman.

Fly Casting Pond: Advanced Fly Casting with Instructor Tony Weaver

Outdoors: Through the Upstairs Sullivan Arena NE Doors: Let’s Scribe is a hands-on demonstration of how to scribe and cut logs and log walls with Tom Corr of Tom’s Custom Log Homes.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Children’s Fishing Pond
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Ben Boeke Arena

ADF&G Interactive Laser Shooting Range
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Ben Boeke Arena

Archery Range
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sullivan Arena

Hands-On Air Rifle Range
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Ben Boeke Arena

Bird Treatment and Learning Center
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

11:00 a.m.

Stage 3: Alaska Hunt Planning Workshop with Michael Strahan teaches the steps involved in planning a successful Alaska expedition hunt. Whether you’re considering a float hunt or a drop-camp hunt, an organized approach is essential to your success. Learn from and ask questions of a 25-year veteran hunt planner and registered guide. Strahan is a Registered guide and author and also is the owner of www.alaskaoutdoorssupersite.com and the Alaska Outdoor Forums.

Stage 4: Super Salmon – The Movie: A salmon in Alaska makes an unlikely journey on “the Mount Everest of rivers,” as Susitna residents consider the costs and benefits of a mega dam. Presented by Trout Unlimited and the Susitna River Coalition.

VIP Room: Uses of a Chainsaw with Tom Corr of Tom’s Custom Log Homes covers ways you can use a chainsaw for everything from building to hunting and fishing cabins, building docks, bridges, furniture and more.

12 noon

Stage 1: Are You Ready? Cold Water and Survival Gear with Kelli Toth of the Alaska Office of Boating Safety. Alaska’s paradise is amazing, but are you rescue ready if the unexpected occurs? Regardless of swimming ability or experience on the water, Mother Nature can be relentless in Alaska and accidents can happen. Explore how to survive cold water immersion, what to expect if you do end up in the water and what types of required and recommended gear do you need for your boat.

Stage 4: Proper Trolling Techniques for Saltwater Fishing with Captain Mike Patterson of Catch A Lot Charters will cover troll speed, boat handling techniques and proper bait rigging.

VIP Room: GPS for Outdoor Enthusiasts is presented by the Alaska Arc User Group. Join Chris Harrington and Luke Gasek to learn what’s new in GPS navigation devices. Navigate a course using an old-school map and compass, as well as Garmin GPS handhelds with the group. Whether you are into recreational geocaching or a hunter, this class is a great introduction to GPS technology.

1:00 p.m.

Stage 1: Kayak Fishing in Southcentral Alaska with Rudy Tsukada of Alaska Raft and Kayak will cover kayak selection, required gear, locations and techniques for catching salmon, halibut and trout from a kayak in Southcentral Alaska.

Stage 2: Fly Fishing for Rainbow, Grayling and Dolly Varden: Equipment & Patterns with Rich Johnson of Alaska Fly Fishers will discuss basic equipment needs for all three species and effective fly patterns, both commercially available and custom-tied for fishing on Southcentral streams and lakes and in the Denali Highway area. If you are new to Alaska, or a novice fly fisher, this seminar is the perfect way to be successful at flyfishing.

Stage 3: Women and Couples Flyfish Around Alaska Show with Pudge Kleinkauf of Women’s Flyfishing. Flyfishing definitely takes you to beautiful places and Pudge will take you there too, as she shows you why both women and couples enjoy wonderful guided trips with her for salmon, trout, grayling, char and pike in a variety of locations around Alaska. Let’s go exploring!

Stage 4: Trolling for King Salmon with a Downrigger with Captain Jeff Peterson of Kodiak Combos will cover how to setup a downrigger, how to rig herring and various tackle setup techniques. Peterson trolls for king salmon year-round in Alaska’s waters.

VIP Room: Satellite Communication, SOS and Tracking on the Garmin inReach with Bill Loud and Josh Moremen of Garmin USA will teach you how to do remote two-way communications using the Garmin inReach. This workshop covers the SOS activation and rescue process, location tracking, beginning and advanced product training and account setup training. Learn the background of the technology used and hear several success stories from inReach users.

2:00 p.m.

Stage 1: Pick it Up, Pack it Out: Be Strong for Your Hunting and Fishing Season with Ginny Grabowski of AlaskaFit will give you all the information you need to be strong for your summer activities. Learn simple things you can do at home and in your tent to have your best hunting and fishing season. Ginny is a best-selling author and a 14-year Alaska resident who enjoys all aspects of outdoor life and loves to share her knowledge of fitness and nutrition with fellow outdoorsmen and women. Even if you’re not as young as you used to be, Ginny has tips for how you can enjoy the experience.

Stage 2: Stand Up Paddling (SUP) in Alaska: A Growing Trend will cover the history of SUP, its emergence in Alaska, different types of SUPs and predictions on the potential for SUP in Alaska from Sami Glascott, Owner and Instructor with Unravel, LLC. Find out how to SUP safely, what it takes to set up an SUP business (equipment and qualified instructors) and the basics on how to SUP.

Stage 3: Field Care of Big Game Meat and Trophies with Author and Big Game Guide Michael Strahan will include proper field care of your meat and trophies, from the kill site to the processor. Strahan will talk about tools and methods to keep your meat from spoiling in the field and includes an overview of the legal requirements for handling your big game.

Stage 4: Fishing and Boat Knots with Damond Blankenship of Fish and Float will include how to tie knots that are strong, and what makes a strong and weak knot. This class includes hands on practice on knots for boating and docking, as well as for securing loads.

VIP Room: Recommended Firearms for Self Defense in Alaska with Brenda Trefren, a Lead Firearm Instructor with Majority Arms Firearm Training, will teach you about firearm safety, what firearms work in Alaska’s harsh environment and which ones don’t work. Trefren will cover the requirements for a self-defense gun and how to choose a firearm for a woman.

Fly Casting Pond: Hands on Flyfishing Clinic for Women with Pudge Kleinkauf of Women’s Flyfishing.

3:00 p.m.

Stage 1: Halibut Fishing for Beginners & Advanced Anglers with John Beath, Alaska fishing guide and tackle manufacturer, will share the best halibut fishing tactics, locations, strategies and secrets to help anglers consistently catch more halibut in Alaska’s vast waters. He will cover best baits, lures, tides, currents, anchoring, chumming, drifting, jigging and more. The presentation will also feature images and video. Beath is the owner of Halibut.net and Squidlures.com.

Stage 3: Buying and Selling Land and Cabins in Alaska is for anyone looking to buy or sell a cabin or land in Alaska? Join Yvan Corbin of Top Shelf Realty for Corbin will offer tips on how to find land and cabins that are for sale, as well as how to list your cabin or land if you want to sell. A lender also will be on hand to discuss financing options and other details of the transaction.

Stage 4: Campfire Safety and Bear Aware with Alicia King and Jessica Ilse with Chugach National Forest will teach you campfire basics on how to build a fire, safety and how to properly put a fire out. This workshop also will discuss bear aware basics such as how to travel in bear country, identification of bears and use of deterrents. Alicia is the Public Affairs Officer for the Chugach National Forest and Jessica is a wildlife biologist working with bears and serving on the Anchorage Bear Committee.