Shooting Sports News – May 2008
In this issue you will find:
- U.S. Olympic archery trials to be held at Ben Avery, May 1-4
- Young shooters vie for trap titles this Saturday
- Archery in the Schools state championship results
- Arizona crowns youth skeet champions
- Experience the fun of shooting sports at upcoming programs
- Public input sought on proposed fee increases at Ben Avery Shooting Facility
- Ben Avery Shooting Facility to switch to summer hours May 12
- NRA grant funds aid department’s gun safety and target-shooting education programs
U.S. Olympic archery trials to be held at Ben Avery, May 1-4
The nation’s finest archers will take center stage when the Arizona Game and Fish Department and Arizona State Archery Association host the third (and final) selection round for the U.S. Olympic Archery Team this week (May 1-4) at the Ben Avery Shooting Facility in Phoenix.
Eight male and eight female archers will vie for the three remaining men’s spots and two women’s spots on the U.S. team that will compete at the Olympic Games in Beijing, China this summer.
The competitors will register and practice on May 1. The 70-meter ranking rounds will be held on May 2, single-elimination match play on May 3, and round-robin competition on May 4. Scores will be tabulated and team selection announced on May 4.
Previous selection rounds were held in September 2007 in Conyers, Ga., and last month in Chula Vista, Calif. The combined ranking points from all three events will determine the final standings for the U.S. Olympic Team.
The public is invited to visit the Ben Avery Shooting Facility FITA range to watch this amazing event. Spectators are advised to bring their optics and to check-in at the information booth for an event program. Souvenir team photos will be available for children.
The Ben Avery Shooting Facility is located at the northwest corner of I-17 and Carefree Highway. To get to the FITA archery range, take I-17 to the Carefree Highway exit (Exit 223) and go 1.5 miles west on Carefree Highway to the stoplight at the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s headquarters building. Turn right and follow the signs to the archery event.
Information on the event will be updated daily at: www.azgfd.gov/i_e/archery/OlympicArcheryTrials.shtml
For event information, please contact Denise Raum, statewide archery and bow hunting coordinator, at draum [at] azgfd [dot] gov or (623) 236-7567.
Young shooters vie for trap titles this Saturday
More than 170 youths from different parts of the state will compete in the Commissioners’ Cup state trap championships on Saturday, May 3, at the Red Mountain Trap and Skeet Club in Scottsdale, Ariz.
The event is the final of three segments of the Commissioners’ Cup state championships, which concludes the season for Arizona’s Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP). Previous competitions were held in sporting clays at the Ben Avery Shooting Facility on March 29, and in skeet at the Tucson Trap and Skeet Club on April 12.
Teams in five divisions will compete for SCTP state trap titles and a chance to represent Arizona at the SCTP National Championships on July 31-Aug. 5 at the World Shooting and Recreational Complex in Sparta, Ill.
This Saturday’s state trap championship event starts at 9 a.m. A late-afternoon awards ceremony will follow the competition.
The Red Mountain Trap and Skeet Club is located at 15001 E. Beeline Highway in
SCTP, for youths in grades 12 and under, is a program of the National Shooting Sports Foundation managed in partnership with the national governing bodies for shooting sports: USA Shooting, Amateur Trapshooting Association, National Skeet Shooting Association and National Sporting Clays Association. In Arizona, the program is administered by the Arizona Game and Fish Department. With remarkable growth over the past eight years, the program is considered “the Little League of shooting sports.” Some 8,000 to 9,000 students from more than 45 states are expected to compete this year.
Archery in the Schools state championship results
The Arizona Game and Fish Department’s Archery in the Schools Program held its championship shoot at the Ben Avery FITA archery range during the 2008 Outdoor Expo, Friday, March 28. Students of all grades and ages from different schools across the state competed in six different divisions of this international-style target archery event.
“The Archery in the Schools Program has been part of many Arizona schools’ physical education curriculum for several years, and the state championship event brings it to the next level,” says Denise Raum, statewide archery and bow hunting coordinator for the Arizona Game and Fish Department. “The teachers who work with the department on this program are very enthusiastic about it.”
For a complete listing of results, visit www.azgfd.gov/i_e/archery.shtml, and click on the “2008 Archery in the Schools State Championship Results” link.
Arizona crowns youth skeet champions
Teams qualify for upcoming national championships
Young skeet shooters from across Arizona earned state titles-with many qualifying to represent Arizona at upcoming national championships-at the Scholastic Clay Target Program’s (SCTP) Arizona Commissioners’ Cup Skeet State Championship s on April 12.
The competition was held at the Tucson Trap and Skeet Club and featured some of Arizona’s top young shooters in five divisions: varsity, junior varsity, intermediate advanced, intermediate entry, and rookie.
Squads from the Ben Avery Clay Crushers (Phoenix area), Red Mountain Target Terminators (East Valley), Huachuca Hot Shots (Sierra Vista) and the Tucson SCTP Shooting Starts (Tucson area) finished in the top three in the various divisions.
Arizona teams participating in the state title shoot qualified for the SCTP National Championships July 31-Aug. 5 at the World Shooting and Recreational Complex in Sparta, Ill.
The best of these young shooters could be selected to attend an Olympic development camp in Colorado Springs, and some will go on to compete at the collegiate level.
For a complete list of results, visit www.azgfd.gov/sctp and click on the link “skeet results” under the “Commissioners’ Cup Results” heading.
To learn more about SCTP, visit www.azgfd.gov/sctp or www.nssf.org/sctp.
Experience the fun of shooting sports at upcoming programs
Whether you’re a beginner or seasoned shooting sports enthusiast, the Ben Avery Shooting Facility has the several fun programs available to suit your interest. Some of the programs offered are:
Introduction to shooting: Arizona State Rifle and Pistol Association offers a one-night, basic course on firearm safety and how to shoot, including firing a .22-rimfire rifle. The free class is offered typically every Thursday evening at the Ben Avery Shooting Facility. To register, contact Richard at mersman442 [at] yahoo [dot] com.
Ladies shotgun 101: Ladies, sign up for our free introductory shotgun shooting program called the Desert Roses. This hands-on program is offered the first and third Thursday of every month. Participants will be taught how to shoot a shotgun and learn three clay target games – trap, skeet and sporting clays. Space is limited and registration is required. Contact Fred Jeffers at fjeffers [at] azgfd [dot] gov or (623) 262-4623. Did we mention it‘s free?
Ladies handgun/rifle 101: The Annie Oakley Sure Shots was designed by women and is hosted by women. It’s held on the second and fourth Thursday evening of every month. It’s free and it’s fun. You do not need to have a firearm to participate, nor do you need any knowledge of firearms. Join us and learn! Preregistration is required. Click here for the online application. www.annieoakleysureshots.com/registration_form2008.htm
Rimfire leagues: Come out and join us for some friendly competition, make new friends, and introduce someone new to match shooting. Scoped and open sights are permitted, and distances are 25, 50 and/or 100 yards. Leagues run for eight weeks and there is a nominal fee. Loaner guns are available. The next league starts June 10. To register, call (623) 582-8313.
Archery leagues: Come out and join us for some friendly competition, make new friends, and introduce someone new to match archery. There are brackets for men’s and women’s compound unlimited, compound bowhunter and recurve/ longbow. There is also a junior class (8-17 years old). Leagues run for eight weeks and there is a nominal fee. Loaner bows are available. The next league starts June 11. Contact Mike Raum at mraum [at] azgfd [dot] gov.
Sporting clays organized shoots: A shotgun shooters version of golf, sporting clays offers challenging clay target presentations, excercise and fresh air. From May through the end of the year, the Ben Avery Clay Target Center will be hosting one event a month. Each shoot will offer multiple classes for all skill and interest levels, are very sociable, and are very welcoming to new shooters. For listing of events, dates and contact visit www.azgfd.gov/ctc or call (623) 434-8119.
Located on 1,650 acres near the northwest corner of I-17 and Carefree Highway in north Phoenix, the Ben Avery Shooting Facility is one of the largest government-operated recreational shooting complexes in the world. It averages more than 120,000 shooters per year and is home to a number of regional- and national-class competitions and other major events. Offering a wide array of target-shooting opportunities, the facility has 67 covered stations at the main range (all handicap accessible), and over 25 additional rifle, pistol, and archery ranges for recreational and competitive shooting. The Clay Target Center offers 18 lighted trap / skeet overlay fields and two sporting clays courses. For more information, visit www.azgfd.gov/basf or www.azgfd.gov/ctc.
Public input sought on proposed fee increases at Ben Avery Shooting Facility
The Arizona Game and Fish Department is seeking public input on a proposal to adjust some of the user fees at the Ben Avery Shooting Facility to meet rising operational costs. These increases are being proposed to keep the Phoenix Point of Pride location functioning and expanding as one of the top shooting facilities in the nation.
“The range is operated in large part with revenues generated from user fees. Operating costs have significantly increased over the past seven years. Examples include electricity up 72 percent, waste disposal up 100 percent, janitorial supplies up 81 percent, fuel up 48 percent, and clay targets up an average of 25 percent. In addition to consumables, a number of full and part-time positions have been added, many specifically to handle large shooting events and peak usage hours,” says Jay Cook, education branch chief for the department. “The last fee increase was implemented nearly seven years ago on July 1, 2001.”
Examples of some proposed increases: A day on the main shooting range or archery range would cost $7 compared to $5 today. Children 17 years and under are still free. A round of trap or skeet at the completely renovated and modernized Clay Target Center will run a dollar more at $6 compared to the current price of $5. Twenty-five targets at the sporting clays course will bump to $10 from the current rate of $8. For a full schedule of proposed fees, visit www.azgfd.gov/basf and click on “proposed fees” at the top of the page.
Fee increases do require approval from the Arizona Game and Fish Commission. Public comments will be accepted through May 1, 2008 and the department will be providing the commission a final fee schedule recommendation during its meeting May 16 – 17 at the Prescott Quality Inn & Suites, 4499 Highway 69, Prescott, 86301.
The public is encouraged to e-mail comments to BASFfees2008 [at] azgfd [dot] gov or mail them to 5000 W. Carefree Highway, Phoenix, AZ 85086, Attention BASF Fees 2008, c/o Jay Cook.
Ben Avery Shooting Facility to switch to summer hours May 12
The Ben Avery Shooting Facility Main Range, archery ranges, and Clay Target Center will switch to summer hours of operation for the public beginning Monday, May 12. The new hours will be:
- Monday – CLOSED
- Tuesday – CLOSED
- Wednesday – 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
- Thursday – 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
- Friday – 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- Saturday – 7 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
- Sunday – 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.
“The summer hours are designed for the facility to be open during the coolest parts of the day and still give the recreational shooting community the most quality shooting times on weekends even during the hotter days of the summer months,” says Ben Avery Range Manager Marty Hererra.
For more information on the Ben Avery Shooting Facility, visit www.azgfd.gov/basf or contact (623) 582-8313. For more information on the Ben Avery Clay Target Center, visit www.azgfd.gov/ctc or contact (623) 434-8119.
NRA grant funds aid department’s gun safety and target-shooting education programs
The Arizona Friends of the NRA (National Rifle Association) and the NRA Foundation recently awarded the Arizona Game and Fish Department $16,000 in grant funds to purchase shotguns and small caliber rifles, which will be used by certified instructors to teach firearm safety and introductory target shooting programs to youth.
Youth shotguns and .22-caliber single-shot rifles will be purchased and packaged into “kits” that can be used by the department’s shooting staff, education branch, and partnered user groups to educate the public about firearm safety, marksmanship, as well as the traditions and benefits of shooting sports, hunting and fishing.
“Having these ‘kits’ of quality firearms at our disposal is a great asset and allows us additional resources to conduct target shooting events throughout the state,” says Anthony Chavez, the department’s statewide shooting ranges administrator. “We [Arizona Game and Fish] get many requests from organizations, such as the Boy Scouts of America as well as local conservation and sportsmen groups, to host target shooting events. Unfortunately in the past, the lack of equipment has limited our ability to meet every need of these interested groups.”
Target shooting is self-rewarding, builds hand-eye coordination skills, and teaches patience, discipline, and the understanding and respect for firearms. Shooting sports and hunting are rated among the safest forms of recreation. Some 40 million people of all ages safely participate in these activities. However, research shows there are nearly 48 million men and women who are interested in shooting and are simply waiting for an invitation – grants of this kind will assist the department’s already successful shooting education programs.
The Arizona Friends of NRA and the NRA Foundation have awarded the department financial grants in the past. Some of the department-run programs that have benefited from these types of grants include the Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP), First Shots, Trailblazer Adventure Day, Step Outside, and Hunter Education classes. To find out more about programs like these, visit www.azgfd.gov/education.