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    I am signing up soon to take the Certification Class in Anchorage, I believe you do the walking course at Rabbit Creek?
    What should I be expecting (shooting wise)?
    Distances, accuracy, etc..... Thanks

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    Its been awhile but as I remember you shoot two times at each target, one must be a good shot. The first one was a close shot and I think you had to stand on one shot and kneel on the other shot. The second shot was longer as was the third, the last shot was down hill. I also remember that they also had you follow a blood trail in the middle of the shooting. I passed it the first time shooting my long bow. And they would not let you use range finders in the testing. Some one my have taken the class last year and can be more help. good shooting to ya.

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    Default george d right on the money

    I took the class last year and you have 5 targets. You shoot one standing, one kneeling and no further than 30 yards. I think you can use a range finder if you say that you are going to hunt with it.

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    SperBear,

    I too took it at Rabbit Creek and passed on my first attempt. As the others said we had to take 2 shots on each target, 1 standing and 1 kneeling. 1 of the 2 shots had to be in the "Boiler Room", or kill zone, on each target AND on any 1 of the targets both shots had to be in the boiler room. Distances varied but nothing over 30 yards and the last target was a downhill shot.

    Hope this helps. Practice, practice, practice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike S
    SperBear,

    I too took it at Rabbit Creek and passed on my first attempt. As the others said we had to take 2 shots on each target, 1 standing and 1 kneeling. 1 of the 2 shots had to be in the "Boiler Room", or kill zone, on each target AND on any 1 of the targets both shots had to be in the boiler room. Distances varied but nothing over 30 yards and the last target was a downhill shot.

    Hope this helps. Practice, practice, practice.

    Mike
    Exactly. 4 Targets/2 arrows each (one standing/one kneeling) ... need 5 hits (one target has to be a double) and you can not miss twice on the same target. Nothing over 30 yards - one elevated shot. Plus the blood trail. Sucess rate is about 60% on average.

    Aside from Mike's sound advcie to "practice, practice, practice" I would recommend: practice, practice, practice.

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    I shot at the rabbit creek bow range the day before and the morning before the test and it helped incredibly. If you can shoot all stations of the bow range accurately then you shouldn't have any worries. good luck

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    The shooting is at Rabbit Creek. You can use a rangefinder, but cannot share it with others. Those who have rangefinders cannot tell you the distance either. You will shoot 5 targets, two arrows per target. One will be standing and one will be kneeling. You have to have at least one kill shot per target. The last target is from a "tree stand". The farthest target is 27 yards. This proficiency test is very easy if you practice. Also, you can use field points, not broadheads.

    BTW, I'm a certified instructor.

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    Kusko,

    What is required to become and instructor? I took the class probably 10-12 years ago.
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    You have to be certified in the discipline you want to facilitate (Basic, Bow, Muzzle Loader), have a background check, fill out some paperwork and take the instructors certification course.

    Contact F&G (Lee, Maggie or Jerry) at 907-267-2196.

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    for the info LB. I'll look into it.
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    I just completed this certification on Thursday, and the way it goes is 4 targets ranging from 13 to 27 yards. 2 shots at each(1 kneeling and 1 standing). You must have 1 kill on 3 targets, and 2 kills on the 4th (doesn't matter which target). You can use a rangefinder, but as someone else said, you can't tell anyone the range. If you haven't already signed up for a class, good luck. I went to the Fish & Game office back in March, and this was the first available class, so it's probably pretty much booked for this year.

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    Talking the AK bow certification is good nationally and ...

    internationally I have heard. I was told by our instructor that its the best curriculum and most thorough shooting test offered most anywhere. Its nice to know you can shoot in practically any location you want with your card. (Some African locations are requiring proficiency tests now too.) --Your card should work there as well we were told.
    All who tried passed the written and shooting portions when I took it here in Fairbanks.
    Best of Luck and practice hard!

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    There is going to be a "Shoot Only" Wednesday evening (1800hrs) for those that took the class and need to shoot/re-shoot. Enough time to qual and get in for those tags!

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    I'm new to this forum, but have bow hunted in Alaska once and elsewhere for years. What is this certification stuff all about? We don't have it here in Michigan. Is it required? I think it would be a great thing as I see many bow hunters in my area that really shouldn't be flinging arrows at critters.

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    dtrumble - Certification is required if you're hunting in a bow-only area, or if you're hunting bears over bait in certain units. If you're hunting in an area that allows rifle hunting, you don't have to be certified. Obviously, this certification requirement came about as a way to make sure bowhunters are proficient before heading into the woods. You can shoot an animal in the leg with a bullet and still take it down, while with a bow you may just wound the animal. In my opinion, the only problem is that the certification requirements aren't tough enough. Only 5 out of 8 shots are required to be in the kill zone? That's too lenient. If the standards were stricter (like 8 out of 8), it would have meant that I would not have passed on the first try. You know what? I shouldn't have passed. I hit 6 out of 8, and at that point I had no business going bowhunting. We owe the animals better than that, in my opinion. That's the same reason that I bowhunted caribou on the Haul Road last year and wasn't successful. I was within 40-50 yards at least 10 times, but was never absolutely sure that I would make the shot. Better to go home empty-handed than lose a wounded animal.

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    I agree with you about the 8 out of 8. Just because you can acurately hit targets, even in a "hunting situation" it doesn't mean you can cleanly bring down an animal. I know several bow shooters that can repeatedly hit a small pie plate at up to 40 yards, but have repeatedly wounded whitetail.

    Do you know if other states or areas have the test available? Is there a national organization?

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    The class is affiliated with IBEP, so if you took another IBEP class in another state I'm guessing it would transfer to Alaska. I know there are options, as non-resident bowhunters come up here all the time.

    -Brian

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    Hi, Can you tell me what the size of the target is? I assume it's the standard archery bull. Correct?

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    I think it does transfer becuase I have a friend who is goes to college in texas and he got his IBEP down there and he talked to fish and game and they said as long as its certified by IBEP then its all good up here

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