Missouri leads the nation in providing places for hunters to practice their shooting skills. Now the Missouri Department of Conservation’s newest state-of-the-art facility is open in Buckner near Kansas City. Lake City Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center sits on in a new location in Landahl Park, north of the old range which was built in 1981.
It has been five years in the making, but the new range surely won’t disappoint those who enjoy practicing their skills. Having seen it go from a sketch on a drawing board to what it is today, I’m pretty amazed at what the new staffed range offers. Features include: 20-, 50-, 75- and 100-yard rifle range with 20 shooting booths; safety and environmentally sound features like concrete baffles and a bullet trap that captures and allows recycling of lead and copper from bullets; a pistol range with targets at 7, 15 and 25 yards with 10 booths; skeet and trap shooting services and a 10- to 60-yard archery range with 12 positions.
The Outdoor Education Center offers a place for hunter education certification and Discover Hunting classes to give beginners the shooting and outdoor skills they need.
Steve Elliott, the manager of the new facility, just beamed with happiness as he watched visitors give the new place a try. After 10 years working the old Lake City range, this new one is quite a change. I asked him what came to mind as he stood and looked out on it. “I think, wow, this is huge! And it offers so much more with the trap and skeet and pistol ranges. People will find a lot to enjoy.”