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For additional info
please contact: Marci Welton, 602-571-4055;

Feb. 20, 2022 Group

Feb. 6, 2022 Group

Ben Avery

Clay Busters

Phoenix, Arizona

Cactus Wrens

Introduction to Upland Bird Hunting

(Pheasants & Chukars)

FY 2022:

Two Hunts with 9 Participants Only Each

Arizona Game & Fish Commission awarded Ben Avery Clay Busters a 2022 grant award for 9 women and youth to go pheasant and chukar hunting as an event offered through the Outdoor Skills Network.

Our 2022 hunts were at Desert Pheasant Recreation, Coolidge, AZ. These are guided hunt with partners from: Valley of the Sun Quail Forever and AZ Pointing Dog Club, to enable new hunters the experience of hunting pheasants and chukars with bird dogs. Our format: 3 hunters to 1 Guide and Bird Dog(s).

Thank you to Arizona Game & Fish Commission, Desert Pheasant Recreation, and our wonderful volunteers for helping us to provide memorable experiences for everyone. 

For other hunting experiences for novice hunters, please find more opportunities at the Arizona Game & Fish Department's  Outdoor Skills Network. If interested in our hunts, send your request to:

2022 Cactus Wren Program

Spring Program: Sporting Clays

Program Enrollment is FULL

Next Beginners Program: 

2022 FALL, starting early September.

Enrollments will open mid-July

Check this site in Summer for

On-line Registrations

What you need to know

about the Cactus Wren Program

  • Enroll by using our online Registration.  Participants will be on a 1st come—1st served basis, 15 slots only.
  • The Spring Sporting Clays program will be for 8 weeks on Thursdays only, from 5-5:30 PM to 7 PM. This course will receive both on-line and on-field instruction.
  • If you do not own a shotgun, you will need a loaner. Please let us know in advance, so we can help reserve a shotgun for you. Due to new protocols for the safety of your health, the Clay Target Center no longer provides loaners for our program.  Our students may use the club's shotguns for Cactus Wrens.
  • Shotgun ammo: Only 7 1/2, 8  or 9 shot is allowed at Ben Avery’s CTC.  If you plan to use a club loaner, it is important that you notify us as to your shotgun gauge preference: 20– or 12-gauge. We cannot provide 28 gauge or .410 ammo.
  • Participants will be responsible for Targets ($15 weekly). You will need a shooter’s Gold Card from the Ben Avery Clay Target Center for your targets.  12- and 20-gauge ammo will be provided per availability through Ben Avery Clay Busters.
  • Bring a hat, eye and ear protection.  If you are concerned about recoil, wear a should pad or shoulder insert pad for shooting vests. Please dress for your own protection. Ladies: No sandals.
  • All participants will be provided an opportunity for NRA Shotgun certification through this program.

· Questions?  Contact Coach Marci Welton