Chandler Rod & Gun Club is hosting a free Cast & Blast Weekend that will introduce people to the outdoors. All that is required is some basic camping gear; they will do the rest.
On March 1-2, the club will host an event at the Powers Butte Wildlife Area in Buckeye that includes a fishing pond, canoeing, 3-D archery, small-caliber and shotgun firearm safety and shooting, and small game hunting.
Powers Butte, which is adjacent to the Gila River, is comprised of approximately 1,681 acres and offers a mixture of desert upland, agricultural and wetland/riparian habitats. The area attracts a variety of wildlife species, including migratory birds and waterfowl like dove, ducks, geese, rails, and egrets. The uplands are inhabited by javelina, rabbit, mule deer and quail, as well as numerous reptile species.
Space is limited. To sign up, call (480) 290-8344 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information and maps of Powers Butte Wildlife Area, visit www.azgfd.gov/outdoor_recreation/wildlife_area_powers_butte.shtml.
A significant milestone was celebrated at the Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade Show in Las Vegas earlier this month. The firearms industry has contributed $3 billion dollars since 1991 to finance wildlife conservation through the payment of federal excise taxes.
Since the inception of the excise tax in 1937, more than $5 billion dollars has been collected.
The Firearms and Ammunition Excise Tax on firearms and ammunition products is collected and given to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, where it is deposited into the Wildlife Restoration Trust Fund.
In just the past 12 months, the firearms and ammunition industry has contributed more than $280 million - a 41-percent increase over the last five years.
The complete amount collected through federal excise tax payments, a number that includes payments from the archery and fishing industries, tops $1 billion a year.