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AZGFD Outdoor Expo to be held this weekend


PHOENIX – Join the fun this weekend at the Arizona Game and Fish Department Outdoor Expo at the Ben Avery Shooting Facility. Admission and parking are free, and the expo will feature something for all ages.

See live wildlife up close and personal at the expo. Kids can take part in fishing at the huge kids’ fishing tanks. Target archery and other shooting sports will be held in a safe, supervised environment on the range. Get a feel for specialty shooting disciplines like clay target, cowboy action, practical pistol, black powder, and air gun. Also featured will be a cowboy mounted shooting competition. OHV and ATV exhibits will also be on-site.

Give kayaking a try at the “Lake Paddlemore” kayaking pond. Hike a field course and learn camping tips. Get information about boating and how to stay safe on the water. Talk to experts about wildlife, hunting and fishing tips, and more. Participants can also visit with more than 150 exhibitors, including outdoor recreation and conservation groups, government agencies, and commercial vendors of outdoor products and services.

Admission is free; food and beverages will be available for sale. For those who want to try shooting sports, there is a nominal charge for ammunition at some of the target shooting venues.

Expo hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday, April 2, and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on Sunday, April 3. The Ben Avery Shooting Facility is located on Carefree Highway, about 1/2 mile west of I-17 in Phoenix.

The title sponsor for this year’s event is Shikar Safari Club International. Gold sponsors are Cabela’s, Arizona State Credit Union, and the National Shooting Sports Foundation.