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Posted: Wednesday, August 9, 2006 1:25 am | Updated: 3:51 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Looking for a local place to shoot, a nearby hunter safety course, info on how to get started in the shooting sports, an outfitter for a hunting trip across the country?

For all these topics, plus many more to come, there is now only one Web site you need to remember — www.huntandshoot.org.

The trade association for the firearm industry, the National Shooting Sports Foundation, recently launched the new Web site as a one-stop online resource for new or experienced hunters and shooters.

The site features an impressive array of free services and conveniences for today's recreational gun owner. The site is fast and easy to use, plus a search function allows you to tailor much of the information to your specific area.

The site also offers visitors a 10 percent discount off customized topographic and aerial photo maps, a powerful online process powered by MyTopo.com.

ELK HUNTING CLINIC

The Arizona Elk Society will be hosting a special elk hunting clinic that will provide guidance on a number of professional hunting techniques and strategies used to successfully hunt elk year after year in Arizona.

Attendees will learn how to discover elk feeding areas, watering sources and bedding areas; locate elk herds and define their daily travel patterns; plus plan effective hunting strategies for finding, calling and taking home trophy elk.

The clinic will be held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday at the El Zaribah Shriner’s Auditorium, 552 N. 40th St., Phoenix.

Featured speakers include J.R. Keller, professional hunter and elk caller; Steve Chappell, professional guide and outfitter; and experts from the Arizona Game and Fish Department. Attendees will learn what makes the North American elk (wapiti) such a majestic animal, as well as get a preview of popular hunting techniques.

Elk hunting vendors will also be on hand for free samples and the latest information on elk hunting products and services.

The Arizona Elk Society produces a free newsletter that provides a wealth of information on Arizona’s elk herds and habitat. To sign up for a free copy and to find out more information about the elk hunting clinic, visit www.arizonaelksociety.com.

Tickets are available on a first come, first served basis. Seating is limited. The cost is $25 for adults and $15 for children under the age of 17, which includes a free lunch. Attendees can purchase tickets by calling Kathi at (480) 882-9477.

FISHING HOT SPOT

Willow Springs: Has been stocked with lots of extra trout the past two weeks because the water temperatures were too high to stock those fish in some of the other waters. So there are plenty of fish to catch. The boat ramp is accessible. Fish early in the morning and late in the day. Fishing is fair to good. Try worms, salmon eggs, Berkley PowerBait, spoons, spinners, and flies such as wooly worms or wooly buggers. Try trolling worms on spinners or flies behind cowbells. This lake also has largemouth and smallmouth bass. Try using 4-inch artificial worms fished slowly along the bottom.

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