(Ages 16 and up)
This women's program will include handgun operation, shooting fundamentals, safety, maintenance, and safe storage. We start with a classroom session then move to the range for a live-fire session. Although equipment and ammunition will be provided, you may bring your own handgun and ammunition to the live-fire session. (Reservations begin September 22)
If you are a youth up to 17 years of age and interested in participating in the exciting sport of trap shooting please join us in the Busch CA classroom for our annual team kickoff meeting to join our Scholastic Clay Target Program Gateway Claybusters trap team. Team coaches will be present to answer any question you may have. No registration required.
Duck Decoy Carving
December 2 • Friday • 6-10 PM and
December 3 • Saturday 8 AM-2 PM (must attend both sessions)
Registration begins November 15 (ages 18+)
Make a beautiful cork decoy to use for waterfowl hunting or as unique art. Learn duck identification, duck ecology and decoy history as you sculpt and paint your own decoy. Cost for materials is $15.
Conservation Destination: Ketcherside Mountain CA
December 3 • Saturday • 8 AM–4 PM
Registration begins November 15 (ages 12+)
Join us for a rugged hike at Ketcherside Mountain Conservation Area. We’ll hike along Royal Gorge Natural Area and stop by Taum Sauk Mountain (Missouri’s highest point). Hike is 4 miles and rated moderate to difficult. Adult supervision required for ages 12-17.
Snappers: Nature’s Gifts Saturday, December 3 10–11:30 AM
It’s the time of year for gift giving! Use nature as an inspiration to make a few gifts for your loved ones. To keep it a surprise, parents won’t be allowed to join. Parents may drop participants off at 10 AM and should return by 11:30 AM.
Ages 7–11. Early registration begins November 15.
This two-part program will include handgun operation, shooting fundamentals, safety, maintenance, and safe storage. We start with a classroom session, followed by a live-fire session. Although equipment and ammunition will be provided, you may bring your own. Due to the Busch Range renovation, this program will be held at the Jay Henges Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center.(Reservations begin November 7 by calling 636-441-4554).
(Ages 11 and up)
Prepare yourself for cold weather activities. Our program will provide information on a selection of proper clothing, outdoor gear, fire-building, shelters, direction finding, avoiding weather-related hazards plus other outdoor tips to make your winter experiences safe and enjoyable.
(Ages 11 and up, ages 11-18 must be accompanied by an adult) RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. To register, call (636) 938-9548 ext. 0 or email firstname.lastname@example.org (Reservations begin November 23)
Come join us and learn the art of ATLATL. The atlatl predates the bow and arrow and in 2010 became a legal method of harvesting a deer in MO. It is used to throw a 4- to 6-foot-long, spear-like projectile known as a dart. The atlatl is a wooden shaft approximately a foot-and-a-half long with a socket or knock at the rear to engage the dart. The dart is placed along the shaft with its back end resting in the socket or knock. The hunter grips the atlatl near its front end and performs a forward throw using the upper arm and wrist. The flipping motion of the atlatl creates angular momentum that propels the dart with greater speed and power than can be achieved with the arm alone. (Ages 11 and up) Ages 11-15 must be accompanied by an adult. We will meet in the Busch CA classroom. (Reservations begin November 10 by calling 636-441-4554).
Nature Art: Nature’s Decor
December 10 • Saturday • 9 AM, 11 AM, 1 PM or 3 PM
Early registration begins November 15 (ages 18+)
Deck the halls with boughs of holly…the holidays are just around the corner and we’re in the mood to decorate! We’ll use nature’s resources to create wonderful winter wreaths, swags, and garlands. You provide a grapevine wreath (you choose the size and shape you want) and we’ll provide everything else to do your decorating.
All of your hard work is finally going to pay off. You have harvested a deer, processed the meat and now it is time to cook. You will want to bring your appetite to this class. Our experienced hunters and cooks will give you hands on training on cooking venison and sausage making recipes and how to prepare the venison for the table. When complete, there will be some food to sample. This program will be held at the Busch CA regional office classroom.(Ages 11 and up). Ages 11-16 must be accompanied by an adult. (Reservations begin November 14 by calling 636-441-4554).Reserve by Dec 11, 2016
Registration required beginning November 15 by calling 816-759-7300 (adults) Learn how to pluck a duck and break it down to manageable pieces. Then Chef Martin Heuser of “Affäre Restaurant” will be preparing our birds in delectable ways that will make you want to learn how to use a duck call! A $20.00 per person refundable deposit is required to hold your spot.Reserve by Dec 19, 2016
(Ages 9 - 15)
Interested young people who have never had experience shooting .22 handguns are invited to participate in a Saturday morning session learning safety and the proper techniques of shooting .22 rimfire handguns. Firearms, ammunition, and safety equipment are provided. RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. To register, call (636) 938-9548 ext. 0 or email email@example.com (Reservations begin September 10)
The range facility will be closed for observance of Christmas Day.
The Missouri Department of Conservation proudly presents Kid’s Free Fishing Day, May 6, at Bennett Spring State Park. Young anglers will have opportunities to catch fish and learn about fishing at Bennett Spring Kid’s Fishing Day. A designated fishing area will be reserved for youths age 15 and under. Limited fishing equipment will be available on a first come basis to borrow so children are encouraged to bring their own. Lunch will be available for the children 15 and younger from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. If there are any questions please call the hatchery at 417-532-4418.