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Free 'New Mexico Outdoor Expo' archery, shooting, casting, fly fishing Aug 16-17

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The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish is hosting a free two day event, the 'New Mexico Outdoor Expo'. On August 16th from 9:00 am- 5:00 pm and August 17 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, participants can learn how to safely engage in outdoor recreational and hunting activities such as archery, shooting and fly fishing. The Department takes safety as priority and properly gives demonstrations and lessons that reflect this. There are many fun and exciting activities to choose from for all ages. "Children and adults will enjoy firearm and archery target shooting, casting, fly tying, fishing for huge catfish, free exhibits, kayak instructions, a climbing wall and much more." They will also have a large aquarium with live fish in order to show how to fly cast effectively, with lures that incite the fish.

While the event itself is free, there will be food and drink for sale. The 'New Mexico Outdoor Expo' will take place at the Albuquerque Shooting Range Park. Directions are as follows: "To get to the shooting range, drive west from Albuquerque on I-40 to the top of nine-mile hill and exit on Atrisco Vista. Go north on Atrisco Vista 4.2 miles to the park sign, and then go west at the park sign 2.6 miles to the range."

On August 15, there will be a special education day for students and teachers, which is also free. Youth who attend this special day will get a preview of what will be available on August 16 and 17, such as rock-climbing, fishing, archery and safely using the pellet-rifle. Since this day is open to youth groups and educator's, teachers must call to reserve their spot. (No reservation is needed for the other two Expo days.) To participate in the Aug 15 day, contact Kevin Holladay, (505) 476-8095 or email or contact Colleen Welch, (505) 476-8119 or email See the New Mexico Wildlife website for more information, including other programs and information they have such as conservation, aquatic resources hunting, education, recreation and more.