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Don't miss the expanded activities at the Arizona Game and Fish Department Outdoor Expo

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Mar 27, 2007

Come enjoy the outdoor recreation action at the FREE Arizona Game and Fish Department Outdoor Expo on March 31 and April 1 at the Ben Avery Shooting Facility in Phoenix.

The event not only offers all of the target shooting opportunities of last year's Shooting Showcase, but also has expanded to include activities, demonstrations, workshops and exhibits on hunting, fishing, archery, off-highway vehicle recreation, boating recreation, camping, wildlife conservation and more.

Here are some of the fun activities you won't want to miss:

Try out the latest firearms in a safe, controlled environment on the shooting range. Manufacturers on hand include Smith & Wesson; Sturm, Ruger & Co.; and Glock. Some venues may charge a nominal fee for ammunition.

Visit the Family Fun Adventures area to catch fish in the huge catch-and-release tank. We'll provide photos of the kids as they catch their feisty sunfish. Then head to the firearm safety unit for beginning air gun shooting, or to a special supervised range for beginning .22 rifle shooting.

Test-drive an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) on the new ATV course. View quads, sand rails, 4x4s and dirt bikes, and see exciting demonstrations by the "unstoppable" rock crawler. Learn where you can ride and what clubs you can join.

Learn archery fundamentals or hone your skills at the archery range-geared toward archers of all abilities, from beginner to advanced.

See live wildlife, including an eagle, great horned owl, hawk, bats, reptiles and more. Attend informative workshops on wildlife and wildlife conservation.

Try out specialty shooting disciplines (cowboy action, black powder, rifle and pistol silhouette, and more) on specialty shooting ranges, hosted by local shooting organizations. Some venues may charge a nominal fee for ammunition.

Have your child audition to be "guest host for a day" for a future episode of the Arizona Wildlife Views television show (limited to children ages 7-18).

Watch two championship youth events on Saturday: the Scholastic Clay Target Program Commissioners' Cup sporting clays state championships (at the Clay Target Center), and the Arizona Archery in the Schools Program state championships (at the FITA archery range).

Check out the hunter field course/nature trail and see demonstrations of proper camp set-up, how to keep a clean camp, and tips on map reading, GPS and orienteering.

Try out a Gatling gun on the range (fee for ammunition), or learn about high-power rifle shooting.

Attend workshops and demonstrations on hunting with bird dogs, falconry, turkey and coyote calling, venomous reptiles, using science to catch more fish, improving your big game draw odds, and maximizing your outdoor recreation fun in Arizona state parks.

Learn how to shoot trap, skeet and sporting clays, and international trap and skeet (Sunday only, at the Clay Target Center).

Visit the air gun building, and experience the fun and challenge of Olympic-style air rifle and air pistol-for shooters of all abilities, from beginner to advanced.

Get information on boating recreation, and attend workshops on watercraft safety.

See exhibits on canoeing, kayaking and hang gliding.

Try out the rock climbing wall.

See exciting clay target shooting demonstrations by world-class shooter Emily Blount.

Learn about Dutch oven cooking.

Visit with more than 100 exhibitors-vendors of outdoor products and services, sportsmen's/conservation groups, government agencies and other nonprofit organizations.

The Arizona Game and Fish Department Outdoor Expo is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 31 and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 1. Admission and parking are free. Free trolley transportation within the 1,690-acre Ben Avery complex will enable you to explore all of the action.

The Ben Avery Shooting Facility is located at 4044 W. Black Canyon Blvd. in Phoenix. To get to the Expo, take I-17 to Carefree Highway (exit 223) and go west 1/2 mile on Carefree Highway to the entrance at Long Shot Lane.

Click here to download a copy of the event program, or visit to obtain more information.

Sponsors of the Arizona Game and Fish Department Outdoor Expo are Sportsman's Warehouse, Winchester Tents, Rugged Gear and the Weatherby Foundation.

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