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    Still Time To Make The Expo

    An awesome effort by Game and Fish! If you didn’t make it yesterday, you can still go today! ~DesertRat

    Experience the great outdoors this Saturday, March 27, and Sunday, March 28, at the state’s largest hands-on outdoor exposition. The Arizona Game and Fish Department Outdoor Expo will be held at the Ben Avery Shooting Facility in Phoenix, located on Carefree Highway about ½ mile west of I-17. Admission and parking are free.

    There’s a full day’s worth of activities for people of all ages. You can:

    *Take an archery class
    *Have your kids catch a fish at the huge kids fishing tank
    *See live wildlife displays
    *Try out firearms from different manufacturers on the range
    *Attend informative presentations on wildlife, backcountry gear, turkey hunting, wildlife photography and more
    *See off-highway vehicle demonstrations and exhibits and learn about safe, responsible OHV recreation
    *Navigate a hunter education field course
    *Visit wildlife conservation exhibits
    *Watch exciting cowboy mounted shooting competition
    *Get fishing tips from local experts
    *Traverse an archery field course with 3D targets
    *Try out specialty shooting disciplines such as cowboy action, black powder, practical pistol, steel target shooting, and skeet and sporting clays
    *Learn about boating recreation and safety
    *Watch mini gun demos
    *View hunting/retrieving dog demonstrations
    *Visit with more than 100 outdoor organizations, agencies and vendors.

    A full schedule of activities, workshops and a map of the Expo grounds can be found on the department’s Web site at www.azgfd.gov/expo.

    Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Although admission and parking are free, you may want to bring a little cash for the food and beverage vendors or for the nominal ammunition fee if you want to try out firearms on the range.

    The Gold Sponsor for this year’s Outdoor Expo is the American Red Cross, Grand Canyon Chapter. Silver Sponsors are Weatherby Foundation International, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, White Flyer Targets, Winchester Ammunition, and Diamond Ridge Development Corporation (Diamond Ridge partner contributors include Eagle Plumbing Services, Kat CSI Construction Services, Sunshine Painting, and Valleywide Plumbing).

    The Arizona Game and Fish Department is operated on a “user pay, user benefit” business model. The Outdoor Expo promotes wildlife-related and other outdoor activities to current and future customers who support 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.

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