Bring your family to the free Game and Fish Outdoor Expo

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February 17th, 2009

The Arizona Game and Fish Department’s Outdoor Expo is Arizona’s largest “outdoors” public event, intended on exposing people of all ages to our state’s magnificent outdoor recreational opportunities. The entire family can explore numerous activities and demonstrations that include live wildlife displays, camping, archery, hunting, fishing, shooting sports, wildlife conservation, off-highway vehicle riding and boating.

This two-day event will be held Saturday, March 28 and Sunday, March 29 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Ben Avery Shooting facility, one the largest public shooting facilities in the country.

You and your family can see live wildlife such as hawks, owls and reptiles, observe bass fishing demonstrations, try out target archery, see off-highway vehicles such as rock crawlers while learning about responsible OHV use, try out shooting sports on the range, view boats on display, and watch the Scholastic Clay Target Program and Archery in the Schools competitions.

Children will get a chance to catch a fish, try rock climbing, archery and youth air gun shooting, learn about wildlife conservation, and see exciting demonstrations by the Cowboy Action Shooters.

Visit with more than 100 ‘outdoor’ vendors and exhibitors, including sportsmen’s and conservation groups, outdoor retailers, firearm manufacturers, shooting organizations and government agencies.

There’s something for everyone, and admission and parking are FREE!

So you don’t miss a thing, trolley transportation is available throughout the 1,650-acre shooting facility, which is located on Carefree Highway, 1/4 mile west of I-17. However, bring a little cash for snacks and drinks at the food court and to take part in the specialty target-shooting activities.

This year’s Gold Sponsor is Pierce Bullet Seal Target Systems, a world-renowned target and frame supplier that will debut its new and unique state-of-the-art “Best Shot” barbecue grill, shaped in the form of a large pistol, at the event. To learn more about Pierce’s pistol grill, and “all weather proof” and “fully recyclable” targets and frames, visit www.pbsts.com.

There’s still time for “outdoor-related” vendors and sponsors to participate. Information about the event and vendor/sponsor registration forms can be obtained at www.azgfd.gov/expo or by calling (602) 236-7222. More than 26,000 visitors attended last year’s Expo.

In tough economic times, it’s important for everyone to focus on what is really important, including spending time with family and friends. Outdoor pursuits are the perfect opportunity to reconnect with family and friends. Come out to the Expo and learn how to re-invest in that valuable outdoor connection.

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