Youth between the ages of 10 and 17 who are accompanied by adults will be able to practice their firearm skills for free between 1:00 and 4:00 p.m. at ADF&G's shooting ranges in Juneau, Fairbanks and Anchorage.
ADF&G employees will be on hand to provide instruction and information on safe firearm handling. Free gun locks will be handed out. Hunting heritage and conservation information will also be available.
September 12-19 has been declared "Take a Young Person Hunting Week," by Governor Frank Murkowski. In his proclamation, the governor encourages all experienced hunters to mentor young Alaskans in safe and ethical participation in our hunting tradition.
"Hunting is a respected, traditional outdoor activity that remains a substantial and integral part of Alaska's heritage, culture, and environment," Murkowski said. "Alaskans must play an active role in promoting this activity to our youth to ensure the future of Alaska's hunting heritage."
Private organizations and businesses are offering support through financial donations to offset the costs of admission/shooting for youth and to provide free hot-dogs. Juneau sponsors include Capitol Arms; The Juneau Gun Club; Super Bear Supermarket; The Territorial Sportsmen, Inc.; Rayco Sales; and Western Auto-Marine Sales.
For information contact Frank Zmuda at 586-4101. More information on hunter education and Alaska's shooting ranges is available at: www.huntereducation.alaska.gov.