Effective Wingshooting Workshops

Register for a free workshop near you

Improve your shotgunning skills, deepen your commitment to conservation, and reduce hunting expenses.

Free steel practice shot and clay targets provided

Because many wingshooting workshops occur on wetland areas, we shoot only nontoxic and steel shot. We provide free 12- and 20-gauge nontoxic practice ammunition to participants. Aside from being nontoxic to wildlife, steel shot is the cheapest nontoxic shot, (many times cheaper than even lead), it holds the tightest patterns and has the shortest shot strings. If you can learn to shoot steel shot effectively, you can be more effective with lead or any other exotic nontoxic shot. We provide free clay targets at the workshops, too.

Workshop topics

  • Improving shotgun-shooting skills
  • Pattern-testing procedures
  • Best loads and choke combinations for waterfowl or upland gamebird hunting
  • Estimating range and distance
  • Game recovery strategies
  • Increasing harvest rates
  • Benefits of nontoxic shot
  • Matching nontoxic shot shells with appropriate shotguns and chokes.

Ready to register? Check the events calendar below

Workshops are offered at various locations statewide throughout the year. Call 573-522-4115, ext. 3295 to find out when a workshop will be offered in your area.

Prepare for the workshop

Participants must have some understanding of waterfowl or upland game bird hunting, shotgun shooting, chokes and ammunition.
Please prepare to bring the following:

  • The shotgun you most often use for hunting
  • Choke tubes (if applicable)
  • Nontoxic shotgun ammunition for pattern testing
  • Eye and ear protection
  • Stool or chair
  • Snack, lunch and beverage.

Host a workshop

Would your club or organization like to host one of these free workshops for your members and the public? Contact the Hunter Education Coordinator’s office at 573-522-4115 to set up a workshop.

Suggested Shot Size Selection for Waterfowl
Waterfowl Species Minimum Typical hunting conditions Minimum desired pattern density
(hits/30" circle)
Small ducks
over decoys
6 steel*
6 tungsten allow
6 – 4 steel
6 – 4 tungsten alloy
Medium ducks
over decoys
6 steel*
6 tungsten alloy
6 – 3 steel
4 – 6 tungsten alloy
Large ducks
over decoys
6 steel
6 tungsten alloy
6 – 6 steel
4 – 6 tungsten alloy
Large ducks
Pass Shooting
2 steel 2 – 1 steel 85
Small geese 2 steel
2 bismuth
4 tungsten alloy
BB – BBB steel
2 bismuth
2 tungsten alloy
Large geese 2 steel
2 bismuth
4 tungsten alloy
BB – BBB steel
1 – BB bismuth
2 – BB tungsten alloy

Close range is less than 35 yards; all shots should be limited to less than 45 yards. Velocity on all loads should be a minimum of 1,225 FPS.
* Note: Small shot (#6) is an excellent choice for close range swatter loads for finishing cripples.


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