Ben Avery Shooting Facility offers a range of shooting sports opportunities
Women’s introductory program teaches the fun of clay target shooting

The monsoon season brings cooler temperatures in the mornings and evenings, making this a great time to step back outside and take in some fun target shooting.

The Ben Avery Shooting Facility Main Range and Clay Target Center business hours begin early and extend well into the evening hours under the new lighting system, allowing shooters a reprieve from the peak heat of the day.

Women interested in learning to shoot are encouraged to join the Desert Roses, an introductory women’s-only shotgun program that offers a unique “night out with the girls.” Ladies will learn to handle shotguns safety and experience the fun of sporting clays, trap and skeet shooting. Classes are free and are offered the first and third Thursday of each month from 7-9:30 p.m. The next dates are August 7 and 21, September 4 and 18, and then October 2 and 16. Loaner shotguns are available for use. Contact Fred Jeffers to register at [email protected] or (623) 262-4623. Space is limited.

For upland- and wing-shooters, the Clay Target Center is hosting a number of open sporting clays events designed to sharpen your shotgunning skills for the upcoming dove, quail and waterfowl seasons. Registration begins at 7 a.m., with shooting starting at 9 a.m. Each course is typically 15 stations with 100 targets. Upcoming shoots include the August 23 “Dove Season Primer” open, the September 20 “Gettin’ Ready for Quail” open, and the October 26 “Spooky Bird” classic. There is a nominal fee, and shotgun loaners and rentals are available.

Fall hunters are reminded to come out and sight in your rifle for your upcoming hunt. Also, this is a great time for Kaibab Plateau and Strip tag holders to test out the recommended non-lead ammo in support of the department’s voluntary reduction of lead use in the endangered California condor range.

All visitors to the Ben Avery Shooting Facility are reminded that all firearms must be in a case or properly holstered to enter the main range, and eye protection must be worn by shooters and spectators while on the main range.

The Ben Avery Shooting Facility is on the northwest corner of I-17 and Carefree Highway in north Phoenix. The Clay Target Center is just west of the main facility. The summer hours are: Wednesday and Thursday, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., then 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 range is closed Monday and Tuesday.

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