Enjoy fishing, archery, shooting and take the bonus point field test at the AZGFD Outdoor Expo

PHOENIX — The largest hands-on outdoor recreation expo in Arizona is coming soon!

This weekend is the AZGFD Outdoor Expo at the Ben Avery Shooting Facility in North Phoenix from March 30-31, which is free admission and parking. Families can enjoy a variety of activities and exhibits, including taking their bonus point field test. Visit AZGFD.gov/expo for more information. Photos courtesy of AZGFD
This weekend is the AZGFD Outdoor Expo at the Ben Avery Shooting Facility in North Phoenix from March 30-31, which is free admission and parking. Families can enjoy a variety of activities and exhibits, including taking their bonus point field test. Visit AZGFD.gov/expo for more information. Photos courtesy of AZGFD

Dates are set for the Arizona Game and Fish Department Outdoor Expo presented by Shikar Safari Club International. Come out Saturday, March 30 and Sunday, March 31 to the world-famous Ben Avery Shooting Facility in Phoenix. Admission and parking are free.

Check out our amAZing wildlife tent, which has been a huge attraction the past few years. You’ll have the opportunity to see live “ambassador animals” from the department’s Wildlife Center and learn fun facts.

As always, there will be plenty of hands-on fun for all ages like family fishing tanks, archery with a twist, and other shooting sports in a safe, supervised, controlled environment on the range. Get a feel for specialty shooting disciplines like clay target, cowboy action, practical pistol, black powder, and air gun. Check out the many firearms manufacturers, including some new brands this year.

Don’t miss the always popular cowboy mounted shooting competition. See OHV and ATV exhibits. Give kayaking a try at the “Lake Paddlemore” kayaking pond.

Hike a field course and learn cool camping tips. Learn about boating and how to stay safe on the water. Talk to experts about Arizona’s wildlife, fishing, hunting and more. Visit with more than 160 exhibitors, including outdoor recreation and conservation groups, government agencies, and commercial vendors of outdoor products and services.

The department will auction off its annual collection of wildlife assets at the Expo. Sets of antlers, hides, skulls and head mounts, as well as wildlife artwork and taxidermy – all seized during law enforcement investigations, obtained from animals killed in vehicle collisions, or acquired through donations – will be put on the auction block both days. Funds generated from the auction are used to purchase equipment and technology used in the investigation of wildlife crimes and to protect the state’s wildlife resources.

Concessionaires will have food and beverages available for purchase, and many accept only cash — ATMs will be on site. There is a nominal charge for ammunition at some of the target shooting venues.

Expo hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 30, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 31. The Outdoor Expo is easy to find, located on Carefree Highway, about 1/2 mile west of I-17 in Phoenix.

Take the bonus point field test at the expo and register for one of 13 sessions offered.

AZGFD is offering a unique opportunity for adult hunters looking to complete the field test portion of the Arizona Hunter Education Program’s requirement to earn a bonus point. A total of 13 field test sessions are reserved for March 30-31 during the expo.  Students should report to the Arizona Hunter Education Program booth in the Family Adventure Area. 

To register for a field test session, visit https://www.register-ed.com/programs/arizona/143-arizona-bonus-point-field-day.    

The field test is for adults 18 and older who have successfully completed the online course and have three years of hunting experience. Once a passing score of 80 percent is obtained on the course examination, a completion certificate may be printed, and a field test scheduled.

All field tests are administered by certified department volunteer instructors. Students rotate through practical application stations at their pace. The stations include live-fire, matching, practical hunt and a written examination. The average completion time is one hour. There is no instruction provided during a field test. 

A bonus point, by definition, is an accumulated credit that authorizes the department to issue a big game drawing applicant additional computer-generated random numbers during a draw.

For more information about the Arizona Hunter Education Program, visit www.azgfd.gov/HunterEd or call (623) 236-7235. For more information about the Expo visit azgfd.com/expo.