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Make plans to attend the 2018 Outdoor Expo – March 24-25

Don’t miss this year’s Arizona Game and Fish Department Outdoor Expo, presented by Shikar-Safari Club International.  This is the largest hands-on outdoor expo in the state! Admission and parking are free.

The Arizona Game and Fish Department Outdoor Expo dates are set for the next four years, at the Ben Avery Shooting Facility in Phoenix. The Expo is held on the last weekend of March, as it has been for the last 11 years.

2018 – March 24-25
2019 – March 30-31
2020 – March 28-29
2021 – March 27-28

Admission and parking are free!

There are always plenty of hands-on fun for all ages. To get a glimpse of what the Expo is like, see this video from 2016! There are huge family fishing tanks. See all sorts of live wildlife. Learn target archery and try 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.

There is an always popular cowboy mounted shooting competition, as well as OHV, ATV, RV and boating exhibits. You can 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 150 exhibitors, including outdoor recreation and conservation groups, government agencies, and commercial vendors of outdoor products and services.

The department auctioned 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 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 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. The Outdoor Expo is easy to find, located on Carefree Highway, about 1/2 mile west of I-17 in Phoenix.

If you are coming to the Expo, be sure to sign up to attend one of our free Educator Information Sessions offered at the event. You will have the chance to learn about the education programs and resources available from the Department and more than 20 other vendors. Register and  more information

The Arizona Hunter Education Program will be offering 11 Bonus Point Field Test sessions. Registration is now open for the 120 seats.

The Bonus Point Field Day is for Adults Only. Ages 18 and older, that have successfully completed the Arizona Hunter Education Online Course, and have a minimum of three years hunting experience. Adult students must complete the online Arizona Hunter Education course. Once a passing score of 80% is obtain on the course examination a completion certificate may be printed and a field test scheduled. Field tests are administered by certified Arizona Game and Fish Department Volunteer Instructors. Students rotate through practical application stations at their pace. The stations are: Live-fire, Matching, Practical Hunt and a final written examination. Average completion time is one hour. There is no instruction provided at a Bonus Point Field Test. This is a test-out option.

Pre-registration is required. You can register for Bonus Point Field Test.

The Bonus Point Field Test will be located in the Family Adventure Area at the Hunter Education booth at the AZGFD Outdoor Expo.

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