Ben Avery Shooting Facility has shooting programs for all
Dec 31, 2008

Ben Avery Shooting Facility has shooting programs for all
 
Whether you enjoy shooting rimfire rifles, a bow and arrow or sporting shotguns, the Ben Avery Shooting Facility is the place to go for a safe and controlled target-shooting experience.
 
Target shooting is self-rewarding, builds hand-eye coordination skills, and teaches patience, discipline and knowledge of firearms and bows. League shooting offers a slight competitive edge to teach you how to become even more proficient.
 
Archery leagues:
 
Finding a safe and challenging place to shoot your bow and arrow is getting tougher each year. To help archers keep their skills sharp, the Ben Avery Shooting Facility is offering an eight-week long winter archery league starting Jan. 7, 2009.
 
Every Wednesday night, under stadium lights on the FITA Range, shooters can safely shoot 3-spot or single targets at 20 yards. Archery classifications for men and women include compound unlimited, compound bowhunter and recurve/longbow. A junior class is also available for shooters ages 8-17 to encourage family participation.
 
Leagues run from Jan. 7 – Feb. 25, 2009. There will be a cookout and an awards banquet on March 11. The cost is $60 per adult and $30 for junior shooters. Registration fees are reduced for families. If one parent participates, each junior is only $20, and if both parents participate, each junior is only $10. Some introductory loaner bows (compound and recurve) are available.
 
Preregistration is required; contact Mike Raum at (623) 582-8313 or mraum@azgfd.gov.
 
Rimfire leagues:
 
If you got a new .22 for Christmas or are just itching to get out and shoot your trusty rimfire rifle, then come out to the Ben Avery Shooting Facility for an evening rimfire league, starting Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2009.
 
Rimfire rifle (.22/.17) league is every Tuesday night from 6:30-8:30 p.m. for eight weeks. Participants will shoot at 25-yard and 50-yard target distances on the Small Bore Range. All ages are welcome and encouraged.
 
The cost is a $10 league fee and $5 per night per distance. Youths (17 years old and younger) are half price. Preregistration is required; contact Larry Collins at (623) 236-7074.
 
Shotgun shooting:
 
The recent renovations to the Clay Target Center feature the latest in throwing equipment and facility technologies, from voice-activated throwers to electronic play card devices. The new Business / Visitor Center is now open and offers a comfortable retreat between shoots. In addition, all of the trap/skeet fields have stadium lighting offering evening shoots as well.
 
Sanctioned Shoots:
Monthly sanctioned sporting clays, skeet and trap shoots for all skill and interest levels are available nearly all year long. Prizes, membership, and becoming part of a shooting social network are all part of the fun. Each course typically consists of 15 stations with 100 targets for five-person squads. Registration typically begins at 7 a.m. with shooting starting at 9 a.m. First quarter dates and event names are:
 
2009 Sporting Clays Events (NSCA/ASCA Sanctioned)
Jan. 17-18, Copper State Open
Feb. 21, Sweetheart Open
Mar. 15, Pintail Open
 
2009 Skeet Shooting Events (NSSA/ASSA Sanctioned)
Jan. 30-Feb. 1, Bill Holgate Memorial Open
Feb. 11-12, Copper State Open Mid Week Event
Feb. 13-15, Copper State Open Main Event
Mar. 7-8, Cholla Desert Classic
 
2009 Trap Shooting Events (ATA/ASTA sanctioned)
Jan. 7-11, Quail Winter Chain
Feb. 3-8, Howlin' Coyote Classic
Mar. 18-22, Rattler Classic
 
Leagues:
If sanctioned shoots don’t suit your nature, maybe league shooting will. Weekly leagues for skeet, trap, trap doubles, sporting clays and mixed bag will begin Wednesday, Feb. 11 and run for eight weeks. This is a great way to have a “friends night out” for fun, camaraderie and a little competition.
 
Teams consist of three to five people and the league fee is $34 each, $50 for the mixed bag league, which covers the league costs and an awards banquet. Standard shooting fees per round apply.
 
Preregistration is required; contact the Clay Target Center at (623) 434-8119.
 
The Ben Avery Shooting Facility is one of the largest public-operated shooting facilities in the country. The facility received a Five-Star rating from the National Association of Shooting Ranges, meaning that it is the best of the best at providing a safe and friendly shooting environment. The Ben Avery Shooting Facility is located on the northwest corner of I-17 and Carefree Highway in north Phoenix.