John Markel

NSCA National Delegate

I have lived in Alaska for over 40 years. I have film and TV production service called Alaska Film Locations, which specializes in producing & staging media events and productions statewide.

I began shooting sporting clays about 5 years ago, after a visit to the Rabbit Creek range and discovering how much fun I had been missing out on. I went to the Nationals in “D” class, after shooting my first 400 targets that year.

One thing I have learned from my national sporting travels is that Alaska happens to have one of the very the best opportunities to shoot and compete in registered events in the entire country. Alaska may not have the biggest clubs but we have some of the best and most active. Alaska’s very unique clubs offer an outstanding value and target challenges combined with one of the most active event schedules (during the summer months) This will only get better as the clubs and memberships develop.

During the Alaskan winter season, I have traveled to many of the larger events in the US and have learned what makes a good training facility and a good event. Alaska needs to continually improve its facilities and games to provide the best training and competitive venues in the country. The AKSCA can lead this effort.


Jerry Soukup

NSCA National Delegate

My wife and I moved to Alaska in 1982 with the United Sates Air Force. After 23 years of military service I was fortunate to begin a new career with the Alaska Department of Fish & Game. During my 10 years with ADF&G, I served as the statewide coordinator for the Hunter Information & Training Program. Working with over 300 volunteer instructors, we taught Basic Hunter Education, Bowhunter/Muzzleloader Certification Courses and were heavily involved with Youth Recruitment Programs. This led to my first real exposure to clay target shooting with the Rabbit Creek Youth Shotgun League.

Being involved with these young shooters quickly sparked my own interest in the clay shooting sports, to include 5-Stand, FITASC, Sporting Clays, Trap and Skeet. I was committed to becoming a better coach and shooter, earning my NSCA Level I/II Instructor Certifications as well as completing an NRA Shotgun Coaching Course. After 14 years of shooting competitively and traveling to a number of Shooting Clubs in the Lower 48, I would like to help other shooters find that same passion, excitement and pure fun in the shooting sports.

As one of your National Delegates, I pledge to keep all Alaskan shooters informed of what is happening with our sport at the national level. I will work closely with our State Association and advise them of any rule changes being proposed, or any new programs or ideas being promoted to enhance the shotgun sports in Alaska. I plan to attend the annual NSCA Advisory Council meetings and will provide a thorough summary of what was discussed. Lastly and most importantly, I want to hear your ideas and suggestions on how to improve our sport as well. You can contact me any time with questions or concerns at or my cell, 301-0381. Hope to see many of you at the shooting clubs.