Learn to Shoot a Shotgun2016-11-25T20:08:26-07:00

Educational shooting activities conducted by Arizona Outdoor Sports, Inc; 

a 501(c)3 nonprofit Arizona corporation



Recreational shooting: We will coach you and your offspring to master the basics needed to have safe family fun in the outdoors and on gun ranges all over the United States.  Learning about safe responsible handling of firearms is valuable knowledge for anyone.


Competition shooting: Lots of opportunity with SCTP, and the national clay target associations in trap, skeet, and sporting clays.  Arizona championship shooting for SCTP members are the AZGFD Commissioner’s Cup events for the three American clay target disciplines.  Practices are offered to SCTP members during most of the school year to prepare for these competitions.


Junior Olympic Shooting: Really serious competitors in any sport are subject to developing an Olympic dream.  We can open the doors to Olympic Village making it possible for their dreams to come true.  We have sent shooters to Olympic Village every year for 8 years.  These shooters have come in all sizes and shapes and in both genders.  Size, speed, and strength is not a factor in Olympic shooting championships. Click here for more info.


Hunting: Arizona offers year around hunting for small game such as rabbits, Eurasian doves, and pigeon.  In season hunting for ducks, doves, quail, geese, and squirrel add variety and the opportunity to explore more of our beautiful state.  We work actively with AZGFD and other volunteer groups in sponsoring hunt camps for these species.  Help is available at these camps for everything from camping and all meals to cleaning and preparing the harvest for transportation to the dinner table.  Click here for more info on AZGFD.

It is a very special treat and feeling of empowerment for a young family member to bring home birds harvested on a hunting trip for dinner.  It sure beats store bought factory chicken.


All of the above is possible.  Of the 80 students registered on our SCTP Team known as the Dust Devils, 11 went to Olympic Village this year, 40 competed in trap shooting and 35 in sporting clay events.  Approximately 50 student athletes participated in hunting or hunter education activities along with their parents.  Some competed with ACUI and others shot with us and with their college teams.  Most of our athletes became shooters in several areas.

Our shooting athletes and their families make the decision on which and how many of the shooting activities they would like to pursue.  Our volunteer state certified coaches stand ready to help these athletes develop their skills and achieve their goals.

Yes, we teach and coach more than just shooting skillsIt is amazing how rapidly our athletes learn that safety is their personal responsibility.  Safe gun handling becomes a way of life for them as they learn to respect the power of guns and the safety of others.  Communication skills spanning the generations are quickly learned by athletes and coaches.  For coaching to work and skills develop quickly, communication must be a two-way street.  Eye contact and serious listening are parts of our coaching program.  Electronic communication devices are turned off during competition and practices so attention can be focused on learning more about shooting.

The scholastic part of our program is important.  Good athletes quickly learn to take responsibility for the priorities in their lives.  This includes maintaining and striving to improve grade point averages.  Scholarships and grants for college are offered in several areas.

We coach our athletes and ourselves from the positive side.  We do things that produce good results because we want to.  The good results make it all worthwhile.

Negatives results, or worst, lie in wait for shooters who use drugs or alcohol in any part of our shooting activity.  They would be excused from further participation.

Having a good self-image and a good public image are important aspects to reassure folks who do not like guns that most shooting is done by very responsible people.  Voters who defend our second amendment rights look at shooters to decide their vote.  Our shooters are both good scholars and good citizens.


COST:  Good news.  The biggest cost is a shotgun and that is already covered for you by AOS and the Arizona Game and Fish Dept.  All AOS athletes will have access to very popular shotguns for target shooting and hunting.  This is at no cost to the athlete.

More good news on cost:  All regular scheduled practice ammo, targets, range fees, plus eye and ear safety gear are included with the annual registration fee, currently under $150.  Volunteers work together to provide most of the food at hunt camps.  AZGFD offers a special hunting and fishing license for shooting athletes under 18.  State license fee is only $5.

Ammo and targets for competitions are athlete responsibilities as is transportation to all activities.  Special hunting gear is a hunter responsibility.


WHERE:  We shoot and hunt all over Arizona.  Our regular twice a month practices are held at the Rio Salado Shooting Club on Usury Pass Road in NE Mesa.


SOUNDING GOOD?  Great.  Let’s get started.  Get a feel for who we are by checking on the Arizona Game and Fish web site for the Scholastic Clay Target Program.


Next:  Check out he schedule.  The AOS web calendar is usually posted several months in advance.


Make contact for more information with a note to the AOS Head Coach by sending an email with your contact info to:  tom@ArizonaOutdoorSports.com