Arizona ISE Offers Archery Classes

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The Arizona Game and Fish Department is introducing something new this year, archery classes at the upcoming International Sportsmen's Exposition (ISE) on March 7-9 (Friday through Sunday) at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale.

The Game and Fish Department is teaming up with the Arizona Bowhunters Association to offer the free introductory archery classes at ISE.

"Last year we provided an opportunity for youth to experience shooting a bow and arrow during ISE," said Denise Raum, the statewide archery and bowhunting coordinator for the Game and Fish Department. "This year, we are expanding our efforts and actually providing half-hour introductory classes to give youngsters and adults a solid foundation on which to build should they desire to pursue this fun and exciting sport."

Raum explained that archery is the great equalizer. "Gender, size, background, or ability doesn’t matter -- anyone can do archery."

For the archery classes at ISE, youth must be at least eight years old to participate. The free half-hour archery classes will focus on range procedures, safety, proper form and technique. The class size is limited to 20 participants and the archery equipment is provided. Just visit the Youth Outdoor Sports Fair section of the exposition.

"Parents are encouraged to participate with their children and may not leave their children at the archery booth unattended," Raum said.

Classes will be utilizing the department's Arizona Archery in the Schools format. Currently more than 100 schools are participating in the program. The Arizona Archery in the Schools Program is an in-school physical education curriculum for grades 4-12. Similar archery classes will also be available during the Arizona Game and Fish Department Outdoor Expo 2008 at the Ben Avery Shooting Facility on March 29-30.

At the ISE gathering, come join more than 20,000 outdoor-sports enthusiasts who will be visiting an estimated 400 exhibitors from around Arizona and the world at this fun three-day expo. There are also multiple seminar stages, contests, and a large youth outdoor sports fair.

The Arizona Game and Fish Department will once again have a significant presence this year and will operate the kids fishing pond, as well as live wildlife, including all Arizona’s venomous reptiles, plus the archery area, and a trailer for shooting air guns. You can even purchase a hunting and fishing license there.

ISE show hours are Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. General admission is $12. Children 12 years and under receive free admission. Parking is free. Get your tickets online now! All tickets are valid for one-day admission. For more information, visit www.sportsexpo.com.