Arizona Outdoor Expo Offers Hands-On Fun

The Arizona Game and Fish Department Outdoor Expo-offering hands-on archery and other shooting events-will be held March 23-24 at the Ben Avery Shooting Facility in Phoenix.

Outdoor Expo hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 23, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 24.

ArizonaKidsArcheryThe free event offers loads of activities, presentations and exhibits for everyone ranging from novices to seasoned outdoor recreationists.

Activities and attractions include:
— Live wildlife exhibits (hawks, reptiles, small mammals, more).
— Take the kids to two huge catch-and-release fishing tanks (sponsored by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service).
— Learn target archery.
— Try out different firearms in a safe, controlled environment on the shooting range, or learn specialty shooting disciplines such as clay target, cowboy action, practical pistol, black powder, air gun, and more.
— Visit the Cabela’s Outdoor Experience and get your photo taken with life-size cutouts depicting fishing, hunting, camping or backpacking, or see the latest optics gear, or experience an interactive bowhunting scenario with pop-up blinds and decoys (sponsored by Cabela’s).
— View off-highway vehicle exhibits, the ATV simulator, and rock crawler demonstrations.
— Navigate a field course.
— See fishing demos and get tips from pros at the Fishing Demonstration Tank (sponsored by Sportsman’s Warehouse).
— View boating exhibits and learn about watercraft safety.
— See hunting/sporting dog demonstrations.

Other activities include informative talks on Arizona’s raptors, urban fishing, turkey hunting, Arizona’s reptiles, wilderness survival, and setting up the perfect hunting bow. A target shooting exhibition also is scheduled with Benelli exhibition shooter Tim Bradley.

Visit with more than 150 exhibitors, including outdoor organizations, government agencies, and vendors of outdoor products and services.

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Although admission and parking are free, you might want to bring a little cash to purchase food and beverages from the variety of concessionaires who will be on the Expo grounds, or if you are interested in purchasing outdoor-related products from the vendors who will be on site.

The Gold Sponsor for this year’s Arizona Game and Fish Department Outdoor Expo is Cabela’s.

“Cabela’s Glendale is very proud and honored to be the Gold Sponsor of the 2013 Arizona Game and Fish Department Outdoor Expo,” said Enrique Mendez, general manager of the Cabela’s store in Glendale, Ariz. “We are very excited to introduce outdoor activities to families here in the Valley and hope that they all enjoy themselves at the Expo.”

Silver Sponsors of the Expo are Remington, Waste Management, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Bronze Sponsors are Sportsman’s Warehouse, Iron City Polaris, A to Z Equipment Rentals and Sales, and Mule Deer Foundation. Other sponsors include HomCo Ace Hardware Tempe and White Flyer Targets.

The Ben Avery Shooting Facility is located at 4044 W. Black Canyon Blvd. in Phoenix (located on Carefree Highway, about 1/2 mile west of I-17 – just follow the signs).

The Arizona Game and Fish Department is operated on a “user pay, public benefit” business model. The Outdoor Expo promotes wildlife-related and other outdoor activities to the public, which supports the department’s mission and funding through their engagement in those activities. The department receives no Arizona tax dollars, and no tax dollars are used in conducting the Expo.

For more information, visit www.azgfd.gov/expo.

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