Each Spring the Arizona Game and Fish Department hosts the very popular outdoor experience called the Outdoor Expo. The largest outdoor expo in the state, this interactive experience allows people of all ages to participate in activities, see exhibits, and attend educational presentations relating to Arizona's wildlife, nature, hunting, camping, boating, recreational target shooting, archery, off-roading, and fishing.
Saturday, March 24, 2018, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 25, 2018, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Ben Avery Shooting Facility
There are no tickets required and admission and parking are free. Most activities are free (there is a small charge for ammunition used for certain shooting sports and instruction).
There is plenty to do at the Outdoor Expo, much of which is interactive. Hands-on activities include huge fishing tanks, a kayaking pond, target archery, and other shooting sports. Try specialty shooting disciplines like clay target, cowboy action, practical pistol, black powder, and air gun. You can also watch the cowboy mounted shooting competition. All shooting activities take place in a supervised, safe environment.
You can also explore OHV (off highway vehicle) and ATV (all-terrain vehicle) exhibits. Or hike a field course and acquire some camping tips. If being on the water is your thing, find out about boating and boat safety. And through all of this, you can observe the local wildlife. Finish the day visiting with more than 150 exhibitors, including outdoor recreation and conservation groups, government agencies, and commercial vendors of outdoor products and services.
Wildlife artwork, taxidermy, as well as antlers, hides, and head mounts will be auctioned off during the Expo. Items are either donated, seized during law enforcement investigations, or are from animals killed in vehicle collisions. All proceeds go toward protecting the state's wildlife resources as well as purchasing equipment for the investigation of wildlife crimes.
You are encouraged to bring your own outdoor equipment if you have it, or you may borrow equipment at the Expo. Many of the food and beverage concession stands only accept cash so be sure to bring money to avoid ATM fees. And feel free to bring the kids—this is a family-friendly event!
No Arizona tax dollars are used to present this event. Arizona Game and Fish, and the Ben Avery Shooting Facility are funded by user fees (on days other than on Expo days), fishing and hunting licenses, and grants and receives some financial support from the Heritage Fund (Arizona Lottery receipts).
For more information, visit Arizona Game and Fish online.