Even when our weather jumps from warm to hot, the shooting sports never stop the need for practice — whether you shoot for pure enjoyment, competition and recreation or are a serious wild game hunter. With the constant practice, you will be more proficient than you would be without it. If you enjoy the competition, the practice will get you awards along with a feeling of great satisfaction. If you are a hunter, it can mean the difference of being able to harvest your animal without wounding and causing unnecessary pain and suffering. This is very important (ethical) to any of us who can complete the hunt to enjoy the accomplishment of having good meat in the freezer and on the table.
Besides the indoor firearms shooting range at Sprague's Sports, we're very fortunate in Yuma to have ideal outdoor practice opportunities fairly close to town at Adair Park where there are ranges set up to accommodate most firearms disciplines and archery as well as at the Foothills Archery Range for shooting enthusiasts. Both Adair Park ranges and the Foothills range are maintained by experienced shooting clubs ready and waiting to welcome and assist the beginning shooter as well as provide much-needed practice and enjoyment for the experienced shooter with weekend open opportunities for one and all.
• Renegade Archers of Yuma invite archers of all ages to enjoy the fun to shoot the trail of 3D animals each Sunday at 8 a.m. (to beat the heat) at the Foothills Archery Range located off Avenue 15E east of Foothills Blvd., south side of I-8 in the Foothills with shoot fees $3 adults, $5 family or couples, youngsters of all ages are always free of charge. Archery equipment (recurve bows and arrows) are available for use, also free of charge by calling Jean Wilson at 247-4450 or Kevin Wilson at 726-0953 prior to the Sunday shoots.
• Yuma Trap and Skeet Club hosts open trap and skeet for shooters 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays and Sundays at the Adair Park range with the next board meeting at 6 p.m. Monday at Round Table Pizza. Youth Scholastic Clay Trap Practice (SCTP) will resume again in September at the range. Call Gary Knight at 210-0805.
• Yuma Territorial Longrifles Club holds open black powder matches 1st and 3rd Saturdays at 8:30 a.m. at the range with the monthly meeting proceeding the 1st shoot each month. Call Dennis Hansel at 342-7573.
• Cholla Gun Club won't resume their regular matches at the Adair Park metallic silhouette range until fall but the range is open for practice for shooters during daylight hours.
• Yuma Rifle and Pistol Club is hosting the open Across the Course Match today for civilian, service women, men and junior shooters who sign-in by 7:30 a.m. at the Adair Park big bore range. For club information, call Paul Lerma at 783-6766 or Gerald Brooker at 305-9681.
• Yuma Matchmasters holding matches at the Adair Park small bore range will sign-in shooters at 6:30 a.m. the 1st Saturday for the Steel Challenge and the 2nd Sunday for IPSC Combat Matches. Cowboy Matches on the 4th Sunday of the month will sign-in at 7:30 a.m. For details and club information, call Mike DeLong at 345-9246 or visit the website at YumaMatchmasters.com.
• The Arizona Game and Fish Department reports Gov. Jan Brewer has signed SB 1223 (license simplification), a bill that allows the Arizona Game and Fish Commission to set future hunting and fishing license structure and fees directly through a streamlined customer-focused process. The bill which is supported by 24 sportsmen's organizations, gives Game and Fish the ability to operate more like a business and react to changing market conditions and customer needs in a timely manner. It previously passed the Arizona House 43-10 on April 15 and the Arizona Senate, 25-2 on March 6. The department has presented its proposed public outreach process to the Game and Fish Commission on May 11 to give the Commission the opportunity to provide input or further direction and now it will go to public meetings at regional offices around the state, our Yuma public meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Yuma Regional Office at 9140 W. 28th St. This discussion will serve as a starting point to know what constituents think and what input they might have. A good opportunity to make your wants be known. Don't pass this up! For those unable to attend the meeting, input/comments will be accepted at LicenseSimplification@azgfd.gov.
• Sprague's Sports announces their June 1 Street Safety Survival Class will be instructed by Dave McDowell, veteran law enforcement specialist. The cost is $75 for those wanting to sign-up. Note: first shots classes run twice each month as well as the Arizona concealed-carry weapons classes. Check the web at www.sprague's.com or call 726-0022 or 1-800-440-3892. The NRA basic pistol course is still planned for 6 to 9 p.m. May 29-30 finishing up June 1. The cost is $125 for the 10-hour course covering and teaching basic pistol and revolver knowledge, safe handling, fundamentals of marksmanship, types of ammunition, care and maintenance and much more, and taught by certified instructors. Call Richard Sprague at 726-0022 to sign-up.
• The Elk Society is planning the annual Burro Creek Work Project at Big Lake Unit 1 with focus on working in cooperation with the Forest Service and the Game and Fish Department to clear out old barbed wire fencing and posts to open up the area to provide more freedom of movement for the wildlife and will include restoring riparian areas, tearing down old corrals, fixing stock tanks and wildlife trick tanks to open up over 30,000 acres for wildlife exclusively. Volunteers are always needed. It's not an easy job. The terrain is rough with few roads that are not in the best of shape, rocky hills, dead fall and miles of solitude, but your help will get the job done. Members of both the Forest Service and Game and Fish will work with groups during the weekend with eight or nine work areas planned and spread out over many hundreds of acres. For details, visit arizonaelksociety.org/project/burro-creek-allotment. To RSVP, visit arizonaelksociety.org/component/rsform/form/13-work-project-burro-creek-26-bar-ranch-june-8-9-2013.
• Desert Bass Anglers: The fun way to fish will be on the water June 1 for the Open Team Bass Tournament launching out of Fisher's Landing. Bass anglers interested can call Mac or Bobbi McDermott at 726-1984. Fishermen can fish one tournament as a non-member. Dues are $15 ($10 each additional family member), membership open to anyone with a tournament approved boat. A reminder to all fishermen of the regulations requiring boaters to remove the plug and drain your bilge in the parking lot before leaving the water so as not to move the Quagga Mussel from one body of water to another. The club reminds us to always remember overheating is no fun! When you plan to be on the water, take along plenty of water/sports drinks, hats, sunscreen, long-sleeve shirts along with towels to sit on and to wet and wear. You can always pull over to a sand bar and get wet to bring your core temperature down or take a break at Fisher's to get under the Air conditioning.
• Yuma Valley Rod and Gun Club members will fish the June 1-2 Ted Townsend Memorial Catfish Derby beginning Saturday at noon with weigh-in beginning Sunday at 6:15 a.m. ending promptly at 7 a.m. when prizes will be chosen. Call Matt Phillips at 941-1341 or Mark Loghry at 726-4896. If you are not a member but would like to be in order to fish this competition as well as future tournaments, the club is now open to women and families as well as men. Call Becky Pope at 502-0121 about membership.
• The Wednesday Jackpot Derby has a $5 sign-up at the Fisher's Landing gas dock by 8 a.m. each Wednesday with the biggest fish weighed-in, any species, taking the pot; If you want to fish the Swede Ferguson Monthly Memorial Bass Derby, sign-up $10 anytime during each month with weigh-in at Fisher's dock. The winner is determined the last day each month. Call Jimmy Phipps at 782-2207.
• Call Mike Castello at 783-3422 to learn about camping, fishing and other outdoor recreation available there to military personnel and their families at the Martinez Lake area.
• If you're interested in learning everything there is to know about bass fishing at local waters with a bass boat and all gear provided for a great day on the water, call Dave Willhide at 782-2621. Ask also about bass fishing seminars available this summer for RV parks and home groups.
Contact Jean Wilson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 247-4450.