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2018 Seminar, Workshop & Demonstration Schedule

Thursday, April 5, 2018

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

Seminars and Workshops

 5:00 p.m. 

Stage 1: Halibut Fishing Tactics, Tips & Strategies Hear about the best locations, tips and tricks, strategies and secrets to consistently catch halibut in Alaska’s vast waters. This seminar also will delve into the best baits, lures, tides, currents, anchoring, chumming, drifting, jigging and more. Beath is the owner of SquidPro Tackle, is an Alaska halibut guide, tackle manufacturer and outdoors writer.

Stage 2: Shrimping in Prince William Sound Prince William Sound is known for its spectacular coastal scenery and is home to a popular and ever-growing shrimp fishery. Join Area Management Biologist Jay Baumer as he discusses ways to improve your success while targeting shrimp in the waters of Prince William Sound.

Stage 3: Field Care of Big Game Meat & Trophies

Over the last five years, warm conditions during Alaska’s fall hunting season have created many difficulties with meat care on remote hunts. Learn how to prevent the leading causes of meat and trophy spoilage from Michael Strahan, author, big-game guide and owner of Alaskaoutdoorssupersite.com and the Alaska Outdoor Forums.

6:00 p.m.

 Stage 1: Using Electric Reels for Halibut & Bottomfish Join Daiwa Sales Rep Josh Leach for instruction on setting up and rigging an electric reel, best practices and techniques for using the electric reel and how to maintain and take care of your reel. Leach has been a sales rep for five years and has 16 years of experience as a charter captain for Kodiak Lodge in Larsen Bay, AK.

Stage 2: Fishing and Camping: Pitch A Tent and Cast A Line Alaska is the land of the Midnight Sun and with the longer summer days comes more opportunities for fishing and camping adventures with family and friends. Join Assistant Area Management Biologist Samantha Oslund as she discusses the numerous fishing and camping opportunities available around stocked and wild waters.

Stage 3:  Anchorage Bowl Salmon Fishing Find out how to fish for salmon in the Anchorage bowl from Dustin Slinker of The Bait Shack. This seminar includes discussion on gear selection, timing of the tides, baits to choose, locations, regulations and special events, such as youth fishing days.

Stage 4:  Understanding and Influencing Your Fish and Game Regulatory Process Have you always wondered how the Alaska Department of Fish and Game sets bag and possession limits and the methods and means you can use to sport fish? Join Alaska Board of Fisheries Executive Director Glenn Haight as he discusses how the Alaska regulatory process works and how anglers can submit proposals affecting Alaska fisheries. The presentation also will provide tips on how the public can increase their effectiveness in influencing the regulatory process.

VIP Lounge: Firearms Laws of Alaska Alaska firearms laws can be complicated, so join Lead Firearms Instructor Brenda Trefren of Majority Arms LLC to learn your rights as a responsible gun owner. Find out when you are justified to use deadly force, where you can and cannot carry your gun and how to talk with law enforcement about a deadly force incident. Though a permit is not required to conceal a firearm, you do need to know the laws.

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

7:00 pm

Stage 1: Are You Rescue Ready? Boating safety means choosing emergency communication and distress signaling devices specific for your boating activity and location. Explore the difference between each device and make a decision based on knowledge. This seminar is led by Kelli Toth, education specialist and Joseph McCullough, education coordinator with the Office of Boating Safety. Toth and McCullough are involved on national boating committees and are instructor trainers for the National Safe Boating Council Boat Control Program.

Stage 2: Light Tackle Bottom Fish Jigging Join Steward Valladolid with Big Ray’s for all the details on a new way to catch bottom fish. Valladolid has 25 years of experience in sporting goods retail and he’s been fishing Alaska’s waters for 34 years.

Stage 3: Knots for Fishing, Boating and Camping Damond Blankenship of Alaska Fishing and Lodging will cover the basic fishing knots and what makes them strong, as well as their weaknesses. New lines are made out of different fibers, so all knots are NOT equal. Blankenship has been fishing Alaska waters for more than 50 years and has taught fishing for two decades.

Stage 4: Burbot of the Susitna River Interested in catching a burbot, but don’t have an idea on where to start? Join Fishery Biologist Stephen Dotomain as he discusses sport fishing opportunities for burbot in the Susitna area. The presentation will cover the biology of burbot, fishing locations and different gear types and technique to use when targeting burbot in the Susitna River. He also will demonstrate how to measure and clean burbot.

VIP Lounge: Take Better Fishing Photos Learn about equipment, techniques and setups to improve trip candids and “hero” shots from Rich Johnson. Rich has been a professional portrait and event photographer for more than 30 years and is the owner of Purnell Photography and 2 Guys Fly Fishing.

Fly Casting Pond:  Advanced Fly Casting with Instructor Tony Weaver


Friday, April 6, 2018

 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

Seminars and Workshops

 

1:00 p.m.

Stage 1: Finding New Halibut Spots and Techniques for Targeting Large Halibut Looking for new places and new strategies to catch larger halibut? Join Randy Wells of Fish Seward Alaska for ideas he’s picked up after being a full-time fishing guide out of Seward for the last 11 years.

Stage 2: Nushagak River King Salmon Not only is the Nushagak River located in the beautiful Bristol Bay, it also supports one of the largest king salmon runs in Alaska. Join Area Management Biologist Jason Dye and Assistant Area Management Biologist Lee Borden as they discuss how the Alaska Department of Fish & Game manages the sport fishery. This class also takes a look at current research and regulations and covers the popular gear types and techniques to use when targeting king salmon on the Nushagak River.

Stage 3: Field Care of Big Game Meat & Trophies Over the last five years, warm conditions during Alaska’s fall hunting season have created many difficulties with meat care on remote hunts. Learn how to prevent the leading causes of meat and trophy spoilage from Michael Strahan, author, big-game guide and owner of Alaskaoutdoorssupersite.com and the Alaska Outdoor Forums.

Stage 4: Shrimping in Prince William Sound Get the basics on how to shrimp in Prince William Sound from Joe Hok of LFS Marine & Outdoor. This seminar will cover the ecology of the area and equipment you need to have for shrimping.

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

2:00 p.m.

Stage 1: Kayak Fishing in Southcentral Alaska Rudy Tsukada of Alaska Raft and Kayak will cover kayak selection, required gear, location and techniques for catching salmon, halibut and trout from a kayak in Southcentral Alaska. Tsukada and his son are Prostaff for Hobie Kayaks and Kokatat Drysuit and PFD. He has more than 20 videos on YouTube of his kayaking fishing adventures in Alaska.

Stage 2: Shrimping in Prince William Sound Prince William Sound is known for its spectacular coastal scenery and is home to a popular and ever-growing shrimp fishery. Join Area Management Biologist Jay Baumer as he discusses ways to improve your success while targeting shrimp in the waters of Prince William Sound.

Stage 3: Five Elements of a Successful Alaska Hunt Alaska is the largest state in the country, with the lowest density of game animals per square mile. Knowing the most common elements that can lead to failure is the key deciding factor on whether you’ll have a successful hunt, or just an expensive camping trip. Learn these keys to success from hunting author and guide Michael Strahan.

Stage 4:  Flyfishing Overview Join Flyfishing Expert Pudge Kleinkauf (www.PudgeKleinkauf.com) for an armchair look at a few fly fishing locations and some fish species in Alaska. She’ll also discuss the flies that will catch them all.

Fly Casting Pond: Kids Casting Clinic with Orlando Gonzales

3:00 p.m.

Stage 1: Secrets of the Pros, Saltwater Salmon Trolling for Kings & Coho Alaska guide and tackle manufacturer will share years of trolling secrets to catch more salmon more often. He will cover tides, currents, downriggers, baits, lures, flashers and best colors to use throughout the day. Beath holds the IGFA six-pound line class world record for Chinook salmon.

Stage 2:  Deepwater Release and Rockfish Survival Alaskan waters are home to roughly 30 different types of rockfish. Rockfish are a remarkable and diverse species of fish with extremely long life expectancies. Bringing these deep dwelling fish to the surface can result in “barotrauma,” caused by the expansion of gases in their swim bladder. However, using deepwater release mechanisms can greatly increase rockfish survival. Join Assistant Area Management Biologist Brittany Blain-Roth as she discusses the use of deepwater release methods and the life history of rockfish species found in Alaska waters.

Stage 3: Better Beads Learn about coloring and preparing plastic beads for trout, dollies and grayling. Damond Blankenship of Alaska Fishing and Lodging also will discuss presenting the beads, choice of color, size, hook types and connections, as well as how to “wrap” the finished bead.

Stage 4:  How To Be a Successful DIY Backpack Dall Sheep Hunter Learn all aspects of what it takes to dall sheep hunt in Alaska from Scott Luber of Proving Trail Adventures. Luber will discuss preparation, research and how to judge legal rams. He also will share hunt stories and share lots of pictures to inspire you to pursue your own dall sheep hunt.

VIP Lounge: Handgun for Self Defense Brenda Trefren of Majority Arms Firearm Training will recommend pistols for the Alaskan in the woods and on the street. Not all firearms perform well in Alaska’s harsher climate and glacial, silty sand. You may be surprised at what they recommend stays home in your safe. Multiple guns to handle. Trefren is an Alaska state certified and NRA certified Firearm Instructor. Recommended for anyone age 10 or over.

Fly Casting Pond: Fly Casting Clinic with Pudge Kleinkauf

4:00 p.m.

Stage 1: Chasing Esox: Pike Fishing in Interior Alaska Jason Rivers of Big Rays will discuss rod, reels and tackle tips and tricks to chase trophy Northern Pike in Interior Alaska. This presentation will cover conventional and fly fishing and how to safely manage your catch. Rivers is the manager of Big Rays Fly and Tackle department in Fairbanks and runs Savage Water Adventures, a guide service that focuses on Interior Alaska fishing.

Stage 2: Fishing Kodiak’s Road System There is an abundance of freshwater and saltwater sportfishing opportunities in the Kodiak Road Zone. Join Area Management Biologist Tyler Polum as he discusses fishing for sockeye, king and coho salmon in freshwater. He also will discuss saltwater fishing opportunities for king and coho salmon, as well as halibut, lingcod and rockfish from the Port of Kodiak. Find out the best opportunities for a do-it-yourself fishing trip on Kodiak Island.

Stage 3:  Anchorage Bowl Salmon Fishing Find out how to fish for salmon in the Anchorage bowl from Dustin Slinker of The Bait Shack. This seminar includes discussion on gear selection, timing of the tides, baits to choose, locations, regulations and special events, such as youth fishing days.

Stage 4: Light Tackle Bottom Fish Jigging Join Steward Valladolid with Big Ray’s for all the details on a new way to catch bottom fish. Valladolid has 25 years of experience in sporting goods retail and he’s been fishing Alaska’s waters for 34 years.

VIP Lounge: Take Better Fishing Photos Learn about equipment, techniques and setups to improve trip candids and “hero” shots from Rich Johnson. Rich has been a professional portrait and event photographer for more than 30 years and is the owner of Purnell Photography and 2 Guys Fly Fishing.

Fly Casting Pond: Learning the Double Haul with Orlando Gonzales

5:00 p.m.

Stage 1: Using Electric Reels for Halibut & Bottomfish Join Daiwa Sales Rep Josh Leach for instruction on setting up and rigging an electric reel, best practices and techniques for using the electric reel and how to maintain and take care of your reel. Leach has been a sales rep for five years and has 16 years of experience as a charter captain for Kodiak Lodge in Larsen Bay, AK.

Stage 2: Fishing Kodiak’s Remote Waters Don’t let Kodiak Island’s remote location deter you from sportfishing, it provides an array of opportunities for anglers who want to have a difference fishing experience, such as an increasingly popular steelhead fishery. Join Assistant Area Management Biologist Mark Witteveen as he discusses some of the fly-out or remote fisheries located on Kodiak Island and spotlights drainages such as the Karluk, Ayakulik, Uganik, Litnik and Dog Salmon. This presentation also will cover sportfishing opportunities for sockeye, kings, coho, halibut and other saltwater species.

Stage 3: Alaska Hunt Planning Made Simple Putting together a successful Alaska big-game hunt requires careful attention to many details, the neglect of which can be both costly and dangerous. Learn a simplified approach to structuring your own Alaska expedition hunt from experienced commercial hunt planner and big-game guide Michael Strahan. This seminar is a sneak-preview of over 40 hours of comprehensive hunt planning material that was recently released. Michael Strahan, author, big-game guide and owner of Alaskaoutdoorssupersite.com and the Alaska Outdoor Forums.

Stage 4: Bugs, Eggs and other stuff – The ABC’s of Alaskan Trout Food Join Fly Fishing Author Kelly Pinnell for a presentation on the types of food available to trout and other non-salmon fishes in Alaska’s water systems. He’ll also cover flies that mimic each type of food source. Pinnell has more than 25 years of fly fishing experience in Alaska’s freshwater systems. He is the author of two fishing books and a contributor to Fish Alaska Magazine.

VIP Lounge: GPS for Outdoor Enthusiasts GIS Specialists Joel Cusick and Chris Felker will teach you how to mark your current location using a GPS receiver, how to navigate back to “home” along a route and how to use a compass and map when all else fails. A free satellite map showing the Sullivan Arena will be provide, along with GPS devices to practice on. This seminar is presented by the Alaska Arc User Group and Naitonal Park Service and is for adults, kids, hunters, fishermen, aviators, snowmachiners and hikers.

6:00 p.m.

Stage 2: Targeting Susitna’s Wild Rainbow Trout Rainbow trout are one of Alaska’s most respected and sought after native fish because of their tenacious fighting abilities. From breakup to freeze up, learn when and where to target rainbows as they move seasonally between habitats. Join Area Management Biologist Sam Ivey as he discusses his favorite hike-in and float trip opportunities when targeting wild Susitna rainbow trout. This presentation also will cover different gear types and available techniques.

Stage 3: Float Hunting Strategies for Success

For experienced and beginner float hunters alike, this seminar tackles the unique aspects of float hunting and reveals the top strategies for successfully hunting moose, caribou and bear on your next Alaska float hunt.

Stage 4: Seward Kings and Coho Get tips, techniques, gear advice and all the information you need to target king and coho salmon out of Seward. Randy Wells with Fish Seward Alaska Inc. will also discuss the hatchery king salmon run in Seward. Wells has been guiding out of Seward since 2007, is co-host of the national fishing show Lunker Junkies TV and has written many fishing articles for national magazines.

VIP Room: Spring Bear Field Care Learn proper skinning and fleshing techniques on your spring bear. Russell Knight of Knights Taxidermy will help you understand what it takes to skin and take care of your bear trophy.

Fly Casting Pond: Fly Casting Tips & 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 7, 2018

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

Seminars and Workshops

11:00 a.m. 

Stage 1:  Understanding and Influencing Your Fish and Game Regulatory Process Have you always wondered how the Alaska Department of Fish and Game sets bag and possession limits and the methods and means you can use to sport fish? Join Alaska Board of Fisheries Executive Director Glenn Haight as he discusses how the Alaska regulatory process works and how anglers can submit proposals affecting Alaska fisheries. The presentation also will provide tips on how the public can increase their effectiveness in influencing the regulatory process.

 Stage 2:  Year-Round Lake Fishing Opportunities in the Anchorage Bowl  Anchorage offers an abundance of urban fishing opportunities year-round for those solo adventures and family outings. Join Fish and Wildlife Technician Phillip Stacey as he discusses how accessible fishing is in the Anchorage Bowl and where to go fishing. This presentation also will cover the different fish species present throughout the year and different methods used to catch them.

Stage 3: Field Care of Big Game Meat & Trophies Over the last five years, warm conditions during Alaska’s fall hunting season have created many difficulties with meat care on remote hunts. Learn how to prevent the leading causes of meat and trophy spoilage from Michael Strahan, author, big-game guide and owner of Alaskaoutdoorssupersite.com and the Alaska Outdoor Forums.

Stage 4:  How To Be a Successful DIY Backpack Dall Sheep Hunter Learn all aspects of what it takes to dall sheep hunt in Alaska from Scott Luber of Proving Trail Adventures. Luber will discuss preparation, research and how to judge legal rams. He also will share hunt stories and share lots of pictures to inspire you to pursue your own dall sheep hunt.

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.

Casting Pond: Kids Casting Clinic with Orlando Gonzales

12:00 p.m.

Stage 1: Chasing Esox: Pike Fishing in Interior Alaska Jason Rivers of Big Rays will discuss rod, reels and tackle tips and tricks to chase trophy Northern Pike in Interior Alaska. This presentation will cover conventional and fly fishing and how to safely manage your catch. Rivers is the manager of Big Rays Fly and Tackle department in Fairbanks and runs Savage Water Adventures, a guide service that focuses on Interior Alaska fishing.

Stage 2: Tips and Tactics for Targeting Northern Pike in Southcentral Northern pike are sought by anglers because of their size and hard hitting aggressive strikes. However, in Southcentral Alaska, Northern pike are an invasive species. Join Fishery Biologist Cody Jacobson as he discusses how Northern pike have become an issue in Southcentral Alaska and how you can help remove them from the area through year-round sport fishing opportunities. This presentational will cover prime locations, different gear types and techniques to use when targeting pike.

Stage 3: Knots for Fishing, Boating and Camping Damond Blankenship of Alaska Fishing and Lodging will cover the basic fishing knots and what makes them strong, as well as their weaknesses. New lines are made out of different fibers, so all knots are NOT equal. Blankenship has been fishing Alaska waters for more than 50 years and has taught fishing for two decades.

Stage 4:  Flyfishing Overview Join Flyfishing Expert Pudge Kleinkauf (www.PudgeKleinkauf.com) for an armchair look at a few fly fishing locations and some fish species in Alaska. She’ll also discuss the flies that will catch them all.

VIP Lounge: GPS for Outdoor Enthusiasts GIS Specialists Joel Cusick and Chris Felker will teach you how to mark your current location using a GPS receiver, how to navigate back to “home” along a route and how to use a compass and map when all else fails. A free satellite map showing the Sullivan Arena will be provide, along with GPS devices to practice on. This seminar is presented by the Alaska Arc User Group and Naitonal Park Service and is for adults, kids, hunters, fishermen, aviators, snowmachiners and hikers.

1:00 p.m.

Stage 1: Halibut Fishing Tactics, Tips & Strategies Hear about the best locations, tips and tricks, strategies and secrets to consistently catch halibut in Alaska’s vast waters. This seminar also will delve into the best baits, lures, tides, currents, anchoring, chumming, drifting, jigging and more. Beath is the owner of SquidPro Tackle, is an Alaska halibut guide, tackle manufacturer and outdoors writer.

Stage 2: Fishing Kodiak’s Road System There is an abundance of freshwater and saltwater sportfishing opportunities in the Kodiak Road Zone. Join Fishery Biologist Michelle Stratton as she discusses fishing for sockeye, king and coho salmon in freshwater. She also will discuss saltwater fishing opportunities for king and coho salmon, as well as halibut, lingcod and rockfish from the Port of Kodiak. Find out the best opportunities for a do-it-yourself fishing trip on Kodiak Island.

Stage 3: Shrimping in Prince William Sound Get the basics on how to shrimp in Prince William Sound from Joe Hok of LFS Marine & Outdoor. This seminar will cover the ecology of the area and equipment you need to have for shrimping.

Stage 4: Saltwater Salmon Trolling Techniques Get salmon trolling basics such as rigging, troll speed and proper care of bait from Mike Patterson of Catch A Lot Charters. Mike has 24 years of guiding experience.

VIP Lounge: Take Better Fishing Photos Learn about equipment, techniques and setups to improve trip candids and “hero” shots from Rich Johnson. Rich has been a professional portrait and event photographer for more than 30 years and is the owner of Purnell Photography and 2 Guys Fly Fishing.

Fly Casting Pond: Fly Casting Clinic with Pudge Kleinkauf

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: Using Electric Reels for Halibut & Bottomfish Join Daiwa Sales Rep Josh Leach for instruction on setting up and rigging an electric reel, best practices and techniques for using the electric reel and how to maintain and take care of your reel. Leach has been a sales rep for five years and has 16 years of experience as a charter captain for Kodiak Lodge in Larsen Bay, AK.

Stage 2: Fishing Kodiak’s Remote Waters Don’t let Kodiak Island’s remote location deter you from sportfishing, it provides an array of opportunities for anglers who want to have a difference fishing experience, such as an increasingly popular steelhead fishery. Join Fish and Game Program Technician PJ Purdy as she discusses some of the fly-out or remote fisheries located on Kodiak Island and spotlights drainages such as the Karluk, Ayakulik, Uganik, Litnik and Dog Salmon. This presentation also will cover sportfishing opportunities for sockeye, kings, coho, halibut and other saltwater species.

Stage 3: Five Elements of a Successful Alaska Hunt Alaska is the largest state in the country, with the lowest density of game animals per square mile. Knowing the most common elements that can lead to failure is the key deciding factor on whether you’ll have a successful hunt, or just an expensive camping trip. Learn these keys to success from hunting author and guide Michael Strahan.

Stage 4: Seward Kings and Coho Get tips, techniques, gear advice and all the information you need to target king and coho salmon out of Seward. Randy Wells with Fish Seward Alaska Inc. will also discuss the hatchery king salmon run in Seward. Wells has been guiding out of Seward since 2007, is co-host of the national fishing show Lunker Junkies TV and has written many fishing articles for national magazines.

VIP Lounge: Firearms Laws of Alaska Alaska firearms laws can be complicated, so join Lead Firearms Instructor Brenda Trefren of Majority Arms LLC to learn your rights as a responsible gun owner. Find out when you are justified to use deadly force, where you can and cannot carry your gun and how to talk with law enforcement about a deadly force incident. Though a permit is not required to conceal a firearm, you do need to know the laws.

Casting Pond: Fly Casting Basics with Tony Weaver

 3:00 p.m.

Stage 1: Secrets of the Pros, Saltwater Salmon Trolling for Kings & Coho Alaska guide and tackle manufacturer will share years of trolling secrets to catch more salmon more often. He will cover tides, currents, downriggers, baits, lures, flashers and best colors to use throughout the day. Beath holds the IGFA six-pound line class world record for Chinook salmon.

Stage 2: Saltwater Fishing in Prince William Sound and the North Gulf Coast Prince William Sound and North Gulf Coast are known for their spectacular scenery and ample saltwater fishing opportunities. Join Assistant Area Management Biologist Brittany Blain-Roth as she discusses run timing and life history characteristics of different saltwater fish species to help increase your success while fishing.

Stage 3: 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. Join Tony on the Casting Pond following the seminar.

Stage 4:  How To Be a Successful DIY Backpack Dall Sheep Hunter Learn all aspects of what it takes to dall sheep hunt in Alaska from Scott Luber of Proving Trail Adventures. Luber will discuss preparation, research and how to judge legal rams. He also will share hunt stories and share lots of pictures to inspire you to pursue your own dall sheep hunt.

VIP Room: Spring Bear Field Care Learn proper skinning and fleshing techniques on your spring bear. Russell Knight of Knights Taxidermy will help you understand what it takes to skin and take care of your bear trophy

Casting Pond:  Learning the Double Haul with Orlando Gonzales

4:00 p.m.

Stage 1: Satellite Communications and GPS Navigation Garmin Sales Manager Josh Moreman and Training Specialist Bill Loud will discuss a wide variety of products that are pertinent to the outdoors including inReach, the Rino and Huntview Maps. Learn the benefits of these products and real-world tips for using them in the field.

Stage 2: Northern Pike: Southcentral Invaders versus ADF&G and Anglers Northern pike are a voracious invasive species in Southcentral Alaska and can serverly impact salmon and trout populations, which reduce sportfishing opportunities. Join Fishery Biologist Cody Jacobson as he discusses programs the ADF&G has underway in many places to control these fish, such as the use of rotenone and gillnets. This presentation also will cover different gear types and techiques to use when sport fishing for pike.

Stage 3: Alaska Hunt Planning Made Simple Putting together a successful Alaska big-game hunt requires careful attention to many details, the neglect of which can be both costly and dangerous. Learn a simplified approach to structuring your own Alaska expedition hunt from experienced commercial hunt planner and big-game guide Michael Strahan. This seminar is a sneak-preview of over 40 hours of comprehensive hunt planning material that was recently released. Michael Strahan, author, big-game guide and owner of Alaskaoutdoorssupersite.com and the Alaska Outdoor Forums.

Stage 4: Are You Rescue Ready? Boating safety means choosing emergency communication and distress signaling devices specific for your boating activity and location. Explore the difference between each device and make a decision based on knowledge. This seminar is led by Kelli Toth, education specialist and Joseph McCullough, education coordinator with the Office of Boating Safety. Toth and McCullough are involved on national boating committees and are instructor trainers for the National Safe Boating Council Boat Control Program.

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.

Fly Casting Pond:  Fly Casting Basics with Tony Weaver

5:00 p.m.

Stage 1: Kayak Fishing in Southcentral Alaska Rudy Tsukada of Alaska Raft and Kayak will cover kayak selection, required gear, location and techniques for catching salmon, halibut and trout from a kayak in Southcentral Alaska. Tsukada and his son are Prostaff for Hobie Kayaks and Kokatat Drysuit and PFD. He has more than 20 videos on YouTube of his kayaking fishing adventures in Alaska.

Stage 2: Sportfishing for Chinook Salmon in the Homer Area The mighty Chinook or king salmon is on every angler’s fishing list. Kachemak Bay offers anglers the opportunity to fish for king salmon year-round. Join Assistant Area Management Biologist Michael Booz as he discusses the opportunities available to fish for king salmon in the saltwater and freshwaters around the Homer area. He’ll also cover different gear types and available techniques.

 Stage 3: Float Hunting Alaska’s Wild Rivers: The Video Series SPECIAL SESSION: A sneak preview of the upcoming video series, “Float Hunting Alaska’s Wild Rivers”, by Michael Strahan. Based on the wildly popular seminar series and book, join Mike in an overview of this exciting new series on float hunting in Alaska. ONE SESSION ONLY! Strahan is an author, big-game guide and owner of Alaskaoutdoorssupersite.com and the Alaska Outdoor Forums.

Stage 4: Bugs, Eggs and other stuff – The ABC’s of Alaskan Trout Food Join Fly Fishing Author Kelly Pinnell for a presentation on the types of food available to trout and other non-salmon fishes in Alaska’s water systems. He’ll also cover flies that mimic each type of food source. Pinnell has more than 25 years of fly fishing experience in Alaska’s freshwater systems. He is the author of two fishing books and a contributor to Fish Alaska Magazine.

VIP Lounge: GPS for Outdoor Enthusiasts GIS Specialists Joel Cusick and Chris Felker will teach you how to mark your current location using a GPS receiver, how to navigate back to “home” along a route and how to use a compass and map when all else fails. A free satellite map showing the Sullivan Arena will be provide, along with GPS devices to practice on. This seminar is presented by the Alaska Arc User Group and Naitonal Park Service and is for adults, kids, hunters, fishermen, aviators, snowmachiners and hikers.

Fly Casting Pond:  Kid’s Casting Clinic with Orlando Gonzales

6:00 p.m.

Stage 1:  Anchorage Bowl Salmon Fishing Find out how to fish for salmon in the Anchorage bowl from Dustin Slinker of The Bait Shack. This seminar includes discussion on gear selection, timing of the tides, baits to choose, locations, regulations and special events, such as youth fishing days.

Stage 2: Light Tackle Bottom Fish Jigging Join Steward Valladolid with Big Ray’s for all the details on a new way to catch bottom fish. Valladolid has 25 years of experience in sporting goods retail and he’s been fishing Alaska’s waters for 34 years.

Stage 3: Better Beads Learn about coloring and preparing plastic beads for trout, dollies and grayling. Damond Blankenship of Alaska Fishing and Lodging also will discuss presenting the beads, choice of color, size, hook types and connections, as well as how to “wrap” the finished bead.

Stage 4: Fly Fishing for Trout, Grayling & Dolly Varden: Equipment & Patterns Learn about basic equipment needs for all three species and effective fly patterns, both commercially available and custom-tied. The focus of this seminar, led by Rich Johnson of the Alaska Fly Fishers, will be on Southcentral streams and lakes and the Denali Highway area.

VIP Room: Active Shooter Response Are you prepared to respond to an active shooter? This class, led by Brenda Trefren of Majority Arms LLC, is based on the ALICE principles of alert, lockdown, inform, counter and evacuate. Take a proactive, prepared response and start talking to your family today about how to respond to an active shooter. Kids are welcome to attend this seminar.

Fly Casting Pond: Advanced Flycasting with 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 8, 2018

 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

Seminars and Workshops

11 a.m. 

VIP Lounge: Handgun for Self Defense Brenda Trefren of Majority Arms Firearm Training will recommend pistols for the Alaskan in the woods and on the street. Not all firearms perform well in Alaska’s harsher climate and glacial, silty sand. You may be surprised at what they recommend stays home in your safe. Multiple guns to handle. Trefren is an Alaska state certified and NRA certified Firearm Instructor. Recommended for anyone age 10 or over.

 12:00 p.m.

 Stage 1: Kayak Fishing in Southcentral Alaska Rudy Tsukada of Alaska Raft and Kayak will cover kayak selection, required gear, location and techniques for catching salmon, halibut and trout from a kayak in Southcentral Alaska. Tsukada and his son are Prostaff for Hobie Kayaks and Kokatat Drysuit and PFD. He has more than 20 videos on YouTube of his kayaking fishing adventures in Alaska.

 Stage 3: Five Elements of a Successful Alaska Hunt Alaska is the largest state in the country, with the lowest density of game animals per square mile. Knowing the most common elements that can lead to failure is the key deciding factor on whether you’ll have a successful hunt, or just an expensive camping trip. Learn these keys to success from hunting author and guide Michael Strahan.

Stage 4: Saltwater Salmon Trolling Techniques Get salmon trolling basics such as rigging, troll speed and proper care of bait from Mike Patterson of Catch A Lot Charters. Mike has 24 years of guiding experience.

VIP Lounge: GPS for Outdoor Enthusiasts GIS Specialists Joel Cusick and Chris Felker will teach you how to mark your current location using a GPS receiver, how to navigate back to “home” along a route and how to use a compass and map when all else fails. A free satellite map showing the Sullivan Arena will be provide, along with GPS devices to practice on. This seminar is presented by the Alaska Arc User Group and Naitonal Park Service and is for adults, kids, hunters, fishermen, aviators, snowmachiners and hikers

1:00 p.m.

Stage 1: Halibut Fishing Tactics, Tips & Strategies Hear about the best locations, tips and tricks, strategies and secrets to consistently catch halibut in Alaska’s vast waters. This seminar also will delve into the best baits, lures, tides, currents, anchoring, chumming, drifting, jigging and more. Beath is the owner of SquidPro Tackle, is an Alaska halibut guide, tackle manufacturer and outdoors writer.

Stage 3: Light Tackle Bottom Fish Jigging Join Steward Valladolid with Big Ray’s for all the details on a new way to catch bottom fish. Valladolid has 25 years of experience in sporting goods retail and he’s been fishing Alaska’s waters for 34 years.

Stage 4: Fly Fishing for Trout, Grayling & Dolly Varden: Equipment & Patterns Learn about basic equipment needs for all three species and effective fly patterns, both commercially available and custom-tied. The focus of this seminar, led by Rich Johnson of the Alaska Fly Fishers, will be on Southcentral streams and lakes and the Denali Highway area.

VIP Room: Active Shooter Response Are you prepared to respond to an active shooter? This class, led by Brenda Trefren of Majority Arms LLC, is based on the ALICE principles of alert, lockdown, inform, counter and evacuate. Take a proactive, prepared response and start talking to your family today about how to respond to an active shooter. Kids are welcome to attend this seminar.

2:00 p.m.

Stage 1: Satellite Communications and GPS Navigation Garmin Sales Manager Josh Moreman and Training Specialist Bill Loud will discuss a wide variety of products that are pertinent to the outdoors including inReach, the Rino and Huntview Maps. Learn the benefits of these products and real-world tips for using them in the field.

Stage 3: Alaska Hunt Planning Made Simple Putting together a successful Alaska big-game hunt requires careful attention to many details, the neglect of which can be both costly and dangerous. Learn a simplified approach to structuring your own Alaska expedition hunt from experienced commercial hunt planner and big-game guide Michael Strahan. This seminar is a sneak-preview of over 40 hours of comprehensive hunt planning material that was recently released. Michael Strahan, author, big-game guide and owner of Alaskaoutdoorssupersite.com and the Alaska Outdoor Forums.

Stage 4: Finding New Halibut Spots and Techniques for Targeting Large Halibut Looking for new places and new strategies to catch larger halibut? Join Randy Wells of Fish Seward Alaska for ideas he’s picked up after being a full-time fishing guide out of Seward for the last 11 years.

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.

Fly Casting Pond: Fly Casting Clinic with Pudge Kleinkauf

 3:00 p.m.

 Stage 3: Float Hunting Strategies for Success

For experienced and beginner float hunters alike, this seminar tackles the unique aspects of float hunting and reveals the top strategies for successfully hunting moose, caribou and bear on your next Alaska float hunt.

 Stage 4: Bugs, Eggs and other stuff – The ABC’s of Alaskan Trout Food Join Fly Fishing Author Kelly Pinnell for a presentation on the types of food available to trout and other non-salmon fishes in Alaska’s water systems. He’ll also cover flies that mimic each type of food source. Pinnell has more than 25 years of fly fishing experience in Alaska’s freshwater systems. He is the author of two fishing books and a contributor to Fish Alaska Magazine.