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Thinking about snowbirding in AZ any info

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  1. chipking

    chipking TS Member

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    I an seriously considering becoming a snowbird but I would prefer to avoid Florida. I had thoughts of Arizona and I was wondering if anyone had any info on doing the snowbird out west. Cost of living and availability of Trap clubs are prime considerations. Thanks

    --- Chip King ---
     
  2. Barry C. Roach

    Barry C. Roach Well-Known Member

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    Tucson or North and Northwestern Phoenix if you're an ATA registered shooter. South of South Mountain in Phoenix might work. You'd be about half way between Ben Avery (north phoenix) and Casa Grande (south of Phoenix) and only about an hour drive time to Tucson.

    If you just practice and league stuff just look at the Arizona Trapshooters Association site and pick a place with a gun club that will suit you.
     
  3. halfmile

    halfmile Well-Known Member

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    If you are an ATA shooter, go in February, and shoot the Chain and Spring Grand.

    More than enough targets, even more if you stick around for the AZ State.

    If you go the first of the month, there is still some good hunting for Gambel's quail. Very tasty little bird. Desert cottontails are good too.

    HM
     
  4. Bob Hawkes

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    Chip King, I also much prefer AZ over FL. You owe it to yourself to at least go for one winter and check it out. Barry is correct about locations. There are not a lot of shotgunning clubs since Red Mountain is gone. I am in east Mesa which means 1 1/4 hrs to Ben Avery or Casa Grande, plus a pile of traffic. It is a great state with much more to see and do than Florida. Good luck and enjoy the trip. Bob
     
  5. cubancigar2000

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    Once you go and experience the dry warm weather, you will never go back to the humidity of Florida.
     
  6. W.P.T.

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    If your interests go beyond trapshooting into other types of shooting Ben Avery would be the place for you ... They have rifle (up to and including 1000 yard range), pistol, skeet, sporting clays, and they have put in an international bunker but I'm not sure if its operational as of yet ... If you have a motorhome and they don't have an opening, there are several RV places in the immediate area ... Then you would have to drive to the Casa Grande and Tucson clubs ... There are many day trips that you could do such as Apache Trail, Black Canyon City, Jerome, and even the Grand Canyon if you leave early and get back late ... The State has a lot to see and more Casino's than you could shake a stick at if thats your pleasure ... WPT ... (YAC) ...
     
  7. white rattler

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    Chip King, I bought a place in downtown Phoenix 10 years ago and I love it. I spend 6 months a year here. The closing of Red Mt. was a real kick in the ass but there is still lots of shooting if you want to travel. I come out of Canada and I find the cost of living much better down here. Trevor Dawe.
     
  8. paul e. stark

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    Don't snowbird here it's too hot and you won't like it!
     
  9. JRW

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    This will be my 3rd winter in AZ. I am not fond of Florida. I pull my RV and follow some of the shooting. I stay in a RV park in Tucson for the Spring Grand the move north to Casa Grande area. Casa Grande G/C shoots alot Ben Avery is about a 1 1/2 hr drive. Wife has many things of interest. Our first year we traveled all around, and found Casa Grande to be a central place for us. Jerry in MI.
     
  10. W.P.T.

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    It fills up fast so get here early for the best seats ... It won't be long and we will have crowds again just like last year and every year before that ... Not sure it means anything but every other plate you see will be from another state very soon, problem is they all drive like they are back home ... I conclude the absolute worst drivers are from Washington, trust me on that one ... They must think they have the right of way no matter what so they don't even bother looking before pulling out in front of you ... WPT ... (YAC) ...
     
  11. halfmile

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    Bill, I disagree. The kid from Mexico City (at least his license said that) ran right into the passenger door. Apparently did not know what the word "STOP" meant.

    Cousin's car, insurance card expired, the whole deal. Good thing Frank is a body man. Good thing I wasn't up against the door, he really whacked it.

    At least the Washington drivers hablo Inglesi.

    HM
     
  12. W.P.T.

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    HM,

    I was talking about the legals who are supposed to be citizens but drive like they are from another planet ... The Illegals, its a gimme that they don't know how to drive for the most part which has to make you wonder how they steal most of the cars ..? I just went to the bank, got cut off twice by two cars that have Washington plates on them (3.2 miles round trip), then they give you a dirty look for standing on the horn ... lol ... WPT ... (YAC) ...


    Are you sure they Habla Inglesi ..?
     
  13. shot410ga

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    I was going to suggest Casa Grande, but I see someone else has.
     
  14. Jennifer

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    Lake Havasu City has a very nice club (my dad shoots there) but the town does get awful crowded during the snowbird months. Whenever we're down there in the winter we dread having to go shopping, esp. at Walmart. There are so many people in the aisles I get claustrophobic and just want to leave, and the traffic can be amazing sometimes too - and the worst offenders at rude driving are the snowbirds! Jennifer
     
  15. Joe Woods

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    I have your interests, I have made some dicisions and would be glad to share.
    The Red Mountain Club closing has changed many snowbirds ideas.
    I have enjoyed shooting at Tucson,Casa Grande & Ben Avery.
    I was at the same shoots as Trevor & Jerry last winter, but never was able to shake there hand. Maybe this winter.


    Joe Woods/Ontario
     
  16. JRW

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    Jen I will be at LHC for the ATA shoot Feb 6th and 7th. If you are there hope to meet you. Jerry in MI.
     
  17. Jennifer

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    Hey Jerry, look for my dad Mike on the skeet range, but I'll be in Idaho shooting in the snow! Take care, enjoy the sunshine, J
     
  18. W.P.T.

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    I was reading an article in the paper yesterday about the Snowbirds and that more of them are coming and staying longer than have in the past 3 years due to the gas prices and cost which seems to have been adjusted to some degree now that all of the business owners have figured out that its costing them big money to drive customers away ... In the Tempe/Mesa area there are over 44,000 RV rental spots that are occupied by Snowbirds according to this particuler article ... In the Yuma area there are over 24,000 RV rental spots that are occupied by Snowbirds besides the land that is BLM land where Snowbirds just come to and squat on ... This is only two small areas in the State and is not even 10% of the RV and rentals that are occupied by Snowbirds in Arizona ... I can attest to the fact that the traffic is already getting bad and will no doubt get much worst before its all over ... Stay away from cars with Washington plates or you will be sorry, I got cut off by another one today because I was obviously in his way while I was driving down the street ... I love living in Arizona but there are a few things I'm not thrilled about during the winter months and trust me its not the weather ... WPT ... (YAC) ...
     
  19. rwieser

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    I am also a "snowbird". Tucson is the place to be if you want to shoot alot of registered targets in great weather and not the congestion of the Phoenix area.
    I just reviewed the schedule for Jan. through March. Tucson (which is a great club),has 37 days of registered shooting in that time period. Also, less than 1 hour away, at the Casa Grande Club, they have 18 days scheduled. Then if you want to drive 1 1/2 hours there is Garden Canyon in Sierra Vista and Double Adobe, about another 1/2 hour.Suggest you go to the Tucson Trap and Skeet Club web site for more info on their regular hours as well. You will not be disappointed at this location. Much to do in the area when your not shooting.
     
  20. dbcook

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    if you like flea markets,head out to quartzsite near the calif border on I=10. that should keep you busy for a few hours. i don,t know if it still goes on but there is a racetrack between phoenix & casa grande on I 10 that dealers used to have a big camper sale there in the spring. there were some pretty good deals there. everything from million dollar motor homes to pop up campers. i was fortunate enough to find a jayco 5th wheel that someone from wyoming traded to a dealer in mesa.i made an offer on it & they accepted.i used the 5th wheel for 5 years & got more out of it than i paid. but i don,t know if they still have that sale or not.dwain
     
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