What is the Ben Avery Clay Target Center?
The Clay Target Center provides a recreational venue for skeet, trap, sporting clays and five-stand shotgun shooters. It is on the property of the 1,600-acre Ben Avery Shooting Facility, which is located near the northwest corner of I-17 and Carefree Highway in Phoenix. The Ben Avery Shooting Facility is owned by the Arizona Game and Fish Commission and administered by the Arizona Game and Fish Department. The Clay Target Center is accessed off Carefree Highway through an entrance 1.5 miles west of the main Ben Avery Shooting Facility gate. The address is 37016 N. Archery Drive, Phoenix, AZ 85086.
Why the change in management?
The Department received direction at the monthly public meeting of the Arizona Game and Fish Commission in June to move forward with assuming operational control of the Clay Target Center at the end of the current vendor’s lease agreement. The Department administers the other shooting ranges at the Ben Avery Shooting Facility and has a great deal of expertise in shooting range management. The Department also administers the Scholastic Clay Target youth program, and the center will play a key role in the development of that program.
Will service be interrupted during the management change?
The center will remain open during the transition to new management, and no interruption in service is planned.
What can customers expect?
Customers will notice several things, both immediately and over the next year:
The Clay Target Center is undergoing extensive renovation. Once the Department takes over management, customers will immediately notice:
- Extended hours year-round - 7 a.m. until 9 p.m., Wed. - Sun.
- Refurbished trap/skeet fields with new towers
- New sporting clays shooting stations
- New target throwers
- Outstanding customer service in a safe, friendly recreational shooting environment
By early 2007, the center will include:
- 18 fully functional trap and skeet fields (14 overlays with four additional trap fields)
- Upgraded electrical service and lights for night shooting
- Full-service RV spaces
- Refurbished clubhouse
Personalized customer service
We’ll provide the same outstanding level of customer service that we deliver to customers at the other Department-operated shooting ranges at the Ben Avery Shooting Facility. Our staff serves the needs of recreational shooters of all experience levels. Beginners are welcome and will receive expert instruction in a safe, controlled environment.
The Department has developed a strong schedule of events for the 2006-07 season, including two major competitions and a number of registered events. The Ben Avery Shooting Facility also hosts other large events, such as Winter Range and the Arizona Game and Fish Department Outdoor Expo.
The center is integral to continued development of our youth programs, such as the rapidly growing Scholastic Clay Target Program. The center will serve as a venue for state championship events and as a practice facility for area youth.
The Department’s long-term goal
The Arizona Game and Fish Department believes the Clay Target Center has huge potential in serving the needs of our local shooting community. Our goal is to one day turn it into the finest trap, skeet and sporting clays facility in the country
The Arizona Game and Fish Department supports shooting sports programs, firearms safety, hunter safety and shooting range development, in addition to its wildlife management and conservation responsibilities.
Send us your questions or suggestions – we want to communicate with you
As with any change, there are bound to be concerns and questions. Please forward your questions or suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will make every effort to respond to you in a timely manner. We will also post some of the more prevalent questions (and answers) on this Web site, as well as significant updates as they occur. We want to work with our shooting community to maximize the potential of the Ben Avery Clay Target Center.
For more information
Contact the Clay Target Center at 623-434-8119 or Anthony Chavez, statewide shooting ranges coordinator, at (623) 236-7395 or email@example.com