Archery And Rifle Target Shooting Leagues For All Ages

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Do you enjoy friendly competition? Do you want to improve your target shooting?

If yes, come out and enjoy the comfortable evenings under the lights of the Ben Avery Shooting Facility, located at 4044 W. Black Canyon Blvd. in Phoenix. The Arizona Game and Fish Department is offering summer shooting leagues starting in June.

The archery league begins June 11 and meets each Wednesday for eight weeks from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on the FITA archery range at Ben Avery.

Leagues will follow the Federation of International Target Archery (FITA) rules, the governing style for Olympic target archery shooting. Targets will consist of 3-spot or 4 cm at 20 yards. Both youth and adult divisions are available. Youth is for ages 8-17. Adult leagues are for participants 18 and older.

The cost is $60 for adults and $30 for youths. Loaner bows are available, but consist of introductory-type models only. Preregistration is required; contact Mike Raum at (623) 582-8313 or mraum@azgfd.gov.

The Rimfire rifle league (.22/.17) begins June 10 and meets each Tuesday for eight weeks from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on the Small Bore Range at Ben Avery. Participants will shoot at 25-, 50- and/or 100-yard target distances. Scoped and open sights are permitted. All ages are welcome and encouraged.

The cost is $10 for a league fee and $5 per night per distance. Youths, ages 17 and younger, are half price. A limited selection of loaner rifles is available. Preregistration is required; contact Nancy Hays at (623) 582-8313 or nhays@azgfd.gov.

To learn more about target shooting or the Ben Avery Shooting Facility, visit www.azgfd.gov/basf.

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