Phoenix, AZ – There’s good news for trap, skeet and sporting clays shooters.

The Arizona Game and Fish Department’s Ben Avery Clay Target Center is now open seven days a week to offer expanded opportunities for shotgun shooting sports enthusiasts. The new hours became effective Oct. 1, 2011.

“The Clay Target Center traditionally had been closed on Mondays and Tuesdays,” said Manager Dan Twitchell. “We decided to have the center open on every day of the week to provide additional opportunities and convenience to our customers.”

Twitchell added that the new hours will remain in effect throughout the year. “The Clay Target Center won’t switch to separate winter and summer hours, as we’d traditionally done in the past.”

The new hours are:

  • Monday – 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Tuesday – 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Wednesday – 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Thursday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Sunday – 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The last shooter check-in is 30 minutes prior to closing.

Special holiday hours will be in effect on the following dates:

  • Thursday, Nov. 24, 2011 (Thanksgiving Day) – Closed.
  • Saturday, Dec. 24, 2011 (Christmas Eve) – 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Sunday, Dec. 25, 2011 (Christmas) – Closed.
  • Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011 (New Year’s Eve) – 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012 (New Year’s Day) – 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Ben Avery Clay Target Center is a world-class shotgun-shooting facility offering trap, skeet, sporting clays, 5-stand, and bunker trap. The center caters to shooters of all abilities, from total beginners to seasoned competitive shooters. It is located on the grounds of the Ben Avery Shooting Facility in north Phoenix.

To get there, take I-17 to the Carefree Highway exit and go west on Carefree Highway for 1.5 miles. Turn north at the light (the Arizona Game and Fish Department headquarters is on the corner) and follow the signs. If coming from the west, take State Route 74/Carefree Highway to the stoplight at Game and Fish headquarters, turn north at the light and follow the signs.

For more information, visit www.azgfd.gov/ctc or call (623) 434-8119.

Ben Avery Main Range switches to winter hours

The Ben Avery Shooting Facility’s Main Range for rifle and pistol shooting switched over to winter hours effective Oct. 12. The winter hours are:

  • Monday – Closed.
  • Tuesday – Closed.
  • Wednesday – 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Thursday – 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Friday – 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Saturday – 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Sunday – 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Special holiday hours for the Main Range will be in effect on the following dates:

  • Thursday, Nov. 24, 2011 (Thanksgiving Day) – Closed.
  • Saturday, Dec. 24, 2011 (Christmas Eve) – 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Sunday, Dec. 25, 2011 (Christmas) – Closed.
  • Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011 (New Year’s Eve) – 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012 (New Year’s Day) – Closed.

The Ben Avery Archery Ranges are closed on Mondays and Tuesdays and are open 8 a.m. to sunset on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Fridays and Sundays.

The Ben Avery Shooting Facility is a five-star rated range (the highest rating given) and a Phoenix Point of Pride. To get there, take I-17 to Carefree Highway and go west on Carefree Highway a short distance to the sign for the entrance.

For more information on the Ben Avery Main Range and Archery Ranges, visit www.azgfd.gov/basf.

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