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Posted: Friday, April 29, 2005

Kachemak Bay State Park seeking volunteers

Alaska State Parks is seeking volunteers to work full- or part-time at the Islands and Ocean Visitor Center in Homer as public information specialists. The Division of Parks needs people who are willing to provide visitors with information about the park, including hiking and camping opportunities, how to book a public-use cabin or yurt, how to get there (and back) as well as other recreational opportunities in Kachemak Bay.

Volunteers will receive a small stipend as well as compensation in the form of free night stays in public use cabins, water taxi transportation to the park and transportation to the park with park staff.

Applicants must be 18 years of age or older, have their own transportation and a valid driver's license. To apply, go to the State Parks Web site at www.alaskastateparks.org and print the park volunteer application. Send to Alaska State Parks, P.O. Box 3248, Homer, AK 99603. For further information, call District Ranger Roger MacCampbell 907-235-7024.

Fish and Game to host firearms clinics

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game will host a shotgunning and steel shot clinic, as well as a muzzleloader certification course.

The shotgunning and steel shot clinic will be a two-part clinic scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday with a lecture and a shooting portion. Participants need to attend the lecture portion to take part in the shooting portion. This clinic covers all topics associated with steel shot (ballistic information, performance issues, barrel damage issues, shot selection, how to improve shooting skills, how to minimize wounding loss, patterning, etc.).

The class runs Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. and Thursday from 6 to 10 p.m. Participation is limited to 20 shooters. The Wednesday seminar is free but the Thursday shooting clinic is $20 to cover the cost of targets and ammunition.

The state-approved muzzleloader certification course, slated for May 6 and May 7, will give participants knowledge about proper safety, operation, ballistic limitations and fundamentals of muzzleloaders for hunting in Alaska. Successful completion of this certification course will meet state requirements for certification to hunt in Alaska's "muzzleloader-only" hunts. This course will also be accepted by any other state that requires a muzzleloader certification course in order to participate in certain hunts.

The classroom session on May 6 runs from 6 to 9 p.m., and the May 7 session is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the shooting range. Participation is limited to 12 people with a minimum age limit of 11 years old. Cost of the course is $20.

For both clinics, classroom sessions will take place at the Cook Inlet Aquaculture building on Kalifornsky Beach Road in Kenai. Range sessions will take place at the Snowshoe Gun Club on Shotgun Drive off the Kenai Spur Highway in Kenai. Participants must sign up in advance by calling the Alaska Department of Fish and Game at 262-9368.

Clarion collecting duct tape stories

In the great outdoors, duct tape can be indispensable. From quick repairs that make camp life more comfortable to fixes that pull an outdoorsperson through a life-threatening situation, duct tape has unlimited applications — something Alaskans have known since long before the Department of Homeland Security suggested the sticky silver stuff be part of everyone's emergency kit.

The Peninsula Clarion is collecting the Kenai Peninsula's best, most interesting and unique outdoors-related duct tape anecdotes. If you have a tale to share, contact Clarion reporter Will Morrow by phone at (907) 283-7551 ext. 239, or by e-mail at will.morrow@peninsulaclarion.com.



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