PUBLISHED: 4:45 PM on Wednesday, March 7, 2007
Varitey of gun training programs available
The National Rifle Association offers FIRST Steps Pistol Orientation course for women. The course will be taught by an NRA certified instructor, and will cover basic firearms safety, handgun parts and functions, loading and unloading exercises, ammunition, handgun shooting fundamentals, range/shooting experience, proper cleaning, transportation and storage and how to select a handgun.

The goal is to provide beginning shooters with an introduction to the knowledge, skills and attitude necessary to own and use a specific pistol model safely.

The course is held with a lecture from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Friday, March 16th, and range time, shooting and closing discussions from 9 a.m.-noon, Saturday, March 17, at Alaska Department of Fish and Game's Juneau Hunter Education Indoor Range. The range is located out Montana Creek road, next to the Juneau Gun Club, just before the community gardens.

Cost is $25 to cover the costs of course book and other materials, classroom and range fees, and ammunition. For more information or to make a class reservation, Call instructor Steve Hildebrand at 723-4544, or send him e-mail to

A hunter education course is presented by female instructors and focuses on hunting and firearms issues from the woman's perspective. A hunter education course is required to hunt in the other 49 states, several Game Management Units throughout the state, and will soon become a requirement for anyone to hunt on the Mendenhall Wetlands.

The course includes instruction on firearms safety and handling, wildlife conservation and management, game laws and regulations, and hunter ethics and responsibility. Successful graduates will be awarded a lifetime hunter education certification recognized throughout North America.

The class will take place from 6-9 p.m. March 22-23, and from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. March 24, at Juneau Hunter Education Facility, located at 5670 Montana Creek Road. Cost of independent study materials is $10. All persons interested in this course are required to purchase a packet of study materials at the JHEF or the Douglas office of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game Room 201. The study workbook must be completed prior to the start of the course and brought to the class.

If you are interested in the course or have any questions, please call the JHEF at 586-4101.

An NRA Basic Pistol Shooting Class will be offered at the Juneau Indoor Shooting Range. The course will focus on students ages 14-22; however parents of youth participants are encouraged to attend and participate. This course deals with the basic knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary for owning and using a pistol safely. Through this course the student will learn about pistol parts and ammunition, gun safety and shooting fundamentals. Upon successful, including a written examination and shooting qualification, the student will be awarded an NRA Basic Pistol Shooting Certificate and Basic Practical rocker.

The course will be held from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday, March 30, and from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday, March 31, at Alaska Department of Fish and Game Hunter Education Facility/Indoor Shooting Range, 5670 Montana Creek Road, Juneau. Cost is $25 per participant paid in advance. This fee includes all materials for the course. Participants must register in advance, class size is limited.

For more information. Call the facility at 586-4101 or call Ernie Mueller at 209-4618 or send e-mail at