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Museum to hold hunting, trapping expo on Saturday

Submitted by Kerynn Fisher
Phone: 907-474-6941

10/16/08

The University of Alaska Museum of the North will hold a hunting and trapping expo on Saturday, Oct. 18 from noon to 5 p.m. Museum admission includes the expo and will be discounted all day: $8 for adults, $3 for youth 7-17 and free for children under 7 as well as museum members.

At the expo, visitors of all ages can try their hand at a virtual shooting range, part of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game's hunter safety and education programs, and talk to local hunting and trapping experts, including representatives from the Alaska Outdoor Council, Alaska Trappers Association and the Outdoor Heritage Foundation of Alaska. The expo will also include seminars, films and demonstrations on skinning and fur handling, reloading ammunition and pet safety on traplines.

George Albert of Ruby will talk about making traditional Athabascan snowshoes and Athabascan artists Ginger Placeres and Charlotte Douthit will demonstrate skin-sewing and beadworking. The Cooperative Extension Service will have information and demonstrations on making sausage from game meat. Representatives from the Fairbanks Community Foodbank will have information on how hunters can help local families through their donations of game meat.

The expo is the latest in the museum's fall programs planned to complement the current special exhibit, "Hunting and Trapping in Alaska's Interior: Our Stories, Our Lives." The special exhibit continues through the end of November and is included with the museum's general admission. The museum is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, closed on Sundays. For more information on the upcoming programs and events, visit the museum online at www.uaf.edu/museum or call 907-474-7505.

CONTACT: Kerynn Fisher, University of Alaska Museum of the North communications coordinator, at 907-474-6941 or 907-378-2559.