Shooting

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Shooting can simply be you sharpening your firearm skills, or a competitive sport testing your skills with various types of guns. The Missouri Department of Conservation offers a variety of shooting ranges to brush up on your shooting skills.

Great Places For Shooting

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Creek surrounded by tress on Angeline Conservation Area
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The Angeline Conservation Area lies north of the Jacks Fork and west of the Current River.

Events

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Registration period: May 27 - June 27
Date: Tuesday, June 1, 2021 10:30 am - Wednesday, June 30, 2021 3:00 pm
Location: Lake City Shooting Range
Have you just bought a new pistol and want to become more familiar with it? Do you need some help getting started as a new shooter or haven’t shot for a while and want to get back into it? Is there a technique that you want to learn or improve upon? This one-on-one instruction is for you! It is BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. Participants must provide their own pistol and 100 rounds of ammunition. For more information or to make an appointment, call 816-249-3194.
Registration period: May 17 - June 11
Date: Tuesday, June 15, 2021 6:00 pm - Tuesday, June 15, 2021 7:00 pm
Location: Online only

Many people have an old longbow or recurve bow somewhere in their household or in a family member’s house. Maybe it was passed down from a grandparent or parent and now it’s buried in a closet or stored away somewhere. Maybe you’ve seen it and have an interest in learning how to shoot it, but just don’t really know where to begin. “Traditional Treasures” is a virtual program for those folks that might have a new interest in shooting a longbow or recurve bow, like the ones used before the compound bow was invented. Or maybe you have a renewed interest in an activity you participated in when you were first introduced to archery years ago. This program is just a basic introduction into the wonderful world of traditional archery! What is a “traditional bow”? What are the most common kinds of traditional bows and what are the differences between them? What to look for to know that your bow is in good shooting condition. The basic parts of traditional bows, advantages and disadvantages of shooting traditional equipment, and what accessories are needed to shoot traditional equipment. Recommended age range for this program is 12 years old to adult.

Traditional Treasures is a free virtual program, but advanced online registration is required here.

Please provide a good email address when you register. Participants will receive an email with a WebEx link approximately 24 hours prior to the program, as well as a reminder email the day of the program. If the emails do not appear in their inbox, participants should check junk/spam folders.

For questions you can contact Conrad Mallady at: 314-577-9555 ext. 76044 or at: Conrad.Mallady@mdc.mo.gov

Date: Wednesday, June 16, 2021 6:00 pm - Wednesday, June 16, 2021 8:00 pm
Location: Parma Woods Shooting Range
Camping is a fun way to unplug and spend time together as a family. From car camping at your local campground to a remote backcountry experience, there is something for everyone. Join our seasoned staff to learn about what equipment and skills you need to start camping today.
Registration period: June 1 - June 17
Date: Thursday, June 17, 2021 10:00 am - Thursday, June 17, 2021 12:00 pm
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center
Ready to take on a new and exciting archery challenge? Runge 3D archery is here! This is an intermediate program meant for honing archery skills and introducing the basics of archery hunting. Meet at the outdoor pavilion. Dress for the weather with closed toe shoes and non baggy clothing. The Runge archery range is not ADA accessible. Masks are encouraged when social distancing cannot be maintained. Registration required. Ages 10 and up.
Date: Friday, June 18, 2021 10:00 am - Friday, June 18, 2021 3:30 pm
Location: Lake City Shooting Range
What is 5-Stand? It’s a great way to improve on your shotgun shooting skills! This combination of trap, skeet, and sporting clays affords the challenge of all three games but with less walking. Bring your friends and your favorite shotgun and experience the fun of this game. No registration required. WEATHER PERMITTING!
Registration period: May 16 - June 18
Date: Saturday, June 19, 2021 8:00 am - Saturday, June 19, 2021 9:30 am
Location: August A Busch Shooting Range
This program is designed as a basic course to provide family's an opportunity to become familiar with shooting. It is required to register each member of your family. We will provide .22 caliber handguns and rifles and ammunition for them to shoot. There will be a short class covering safety, parts of a firearm, and fundamentals of marksmanship. Due to time constraints we will not have any time to provide individuals an opportunity to shoot their own firearms.
Date: Saturday, June 19, 2021 8:30 am - Saturday, June 19, 2021 11:30 am
Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range
This program is a familiarization of how to shoot the game of 5-Stand Sporting Clays. This course is not for the beginning shotgun shooter but is for the person who is new to 5-Stand and wants to learn about shooting the game. Space is limited to 15 students.
Registration period: March 22 - June 18
Date: Saturday, June 19, 2021 9:00 am - Saturday, June 19, 2021 11:00 am
Location: Rolla Shooting Club
This class is an introduction to shotgun shooting sports. After a short lecture session, participants will practice live 5-stand shooting. We will provide shotguns, ammo, clay bird targets, eye and ear protection. No open-toed shoes allowed. Participants under 17 years old must be accompanied by an adult. Participants are welcome to bring their own unloaded, cased shotgun but will be required to provide their own new factory ammunition (no reloads).
Registration period: March 22 - June 18
Date: Saturday, June 19, 2021 12:00 pm - Saturday, June 19, 2021 1:30 pm
Location: Rolla Shooting Club
This Women's Only Beginner Handgun program will include safety, operation, and techniques of shooting semi-auto and revolver handguns. Participants must be at least 16 years old. Girls age 16 to 17 may attend with a parent or guardian who is also registered for the workshop. All equipment will be provided, including guns, ammo, targets, eye and ear protection. Wear appropriate clothing and footwear (no open toed shoes). You are welcome to bring your personal handgun as long as it is unloaded and cased. If you choose to bring your personal handgun, you will need to provide your own ammunition if it is a caliber other than .22 long rifle. After a short lecture session, participants will practice shooting at paper targets.
Registration period: March 22 - June 18
Date: Saturday, June 19, 2021 2:00 pm - Saturday, June 19, 2021 3:30 pm
Location: Rolla Shooting Club
This Women's Only Beginner Handgun program will include safety, operation, and techniques of shooting semi-auto and revolver handguns. Participants must be at least 16 years old. Girls age 16 to 17 may attend with a parent or guardian who is also registered for the workshop. All equipment will be provided, including guns, ammo, targets, eye and ear protection. Wear appropriate clothing and footwear (no open toed shoes). You are welcome to bring your personal handgun as long as it is unloaded and cased. If you choose to bring your personal handgun, you will need to provide your own ammunition if it is a caliber other than .22 long rifle. After a short lecture session, participants will practice shooting at paper targets.
Registration period: March 22 - June 18
Date: Saturday, June 19, 2021 4:00 pm - Saturday, June 19, 2021 5:30 pm
Location: Rolla Shooting Club
This Beginner Handgun program is open to men and women and will include safety, operation, and techniques of shooting semi-auto and revolver handguns. Participants must be at least 16 years old. Individuals age 16 to 17 may attend with a parent or guardian who is also registered for the workshop. All equipment will be provided, including guns, ammo, targets, eye and ear protection. Wear appropriate clothing and footwear (no open toed shoes). You are welcome to bring your personal handgun as long as it is unloaded and cased. If you choose to bring your personal handgun, you will need to provide your own ammunition if it is a caliber other than .22 long rifle. After a short lecture session, participants will practice shooting at paper targets.
Date: Sunday, June 20, 2021 3:00 pm - Sunday, June 20, 2021 4:30 pm
Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range
Parents, grandparents, and adult mentors bring your youngster(s) to learn a new skill and spend time practicing. You don’t have to be a hunter to become a skilled archer. No experience is necessary and archery equipment will be provided We will teach and practice the basics and help you perfect your stance to shoot more consistently and accurately.
Date: Monday, June 21, 2021 9:00 am - Monday, June 21, 2021 10:30 am
Location: August A Busch Shooting Range
This program will teach the fundamentals of archery and atlatl including equipment, safety, stance, and shooting techniques. This event will take place on the static archery range. All equipment will be provided.
Date: Monday, June 21, 2021 12:00 pm - Monday, June 21, 2021 1:30 pm
Location: August A Busch Shooting Range
This program will teach the fundamentals of archery and atlatl including equipment, safety, stance, and shooting techniques. This event will take place on the static archery range. All equipment will be provided.
Registration period: May 22 - June 21
Date: Tuesday, June 22, 2021 6:00 pm - Tuesday, June 22, 2021 7:30 pm
Location: Online only
This event will cover the safe operation, basic nomenclature, care, cleaning, marksmanship fundamentals, and hunting with a modern sporting rifle.
Registration period: June 8 - June 21
Date: Tuesday, June 22, 2021 6:00 pm - Tuesday, June 22, 2021 8:00 pm
Location: Jay Henges Shooting Range

Beginning Shotgun

(Ages 11 and up)

This is an introduction course to shotguns. Class will start in the Education Center where you will learn shotgun shooting fundamentals, safety, actions, chokes, stance, and how to choose a shotgun that is right for you. Then we will go to the range for live fire, including some patterning and clay target shooting. Children ages 11-16 must be accompanied by an adult. Not recommended for students weighing less than 90 pounds. Firearms, ammunition, and safety equipment will be provided.

Registration period: June 1 - June 22
Date: Tuesday, June 22, 2021 6:30 pm - Tuesday, June 22, 2021 8:00 pm
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center
Archery has come a long way, from wooden longbows to the modern crossbow. Learn the basics of how to safely load and shoot a crossbow and make your best shot with this easy and fun archery method. Dress for the weather in closed toe shoes. The Runge outdoor range is not ADA accessible. Masks encouraged when social distancing cannot be maintained. Registration Required. Ages 12 and up.
Date: Thursday, June 24, 2021 6:00 pm - Thursday, June 24, 2021 8:00 pm
Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range
Learn how to manage your land for North American animals. By finding out the resources for timberland management, fish management and old field management to better improve your property.
Registration period: May 26 - June 26
Date: Saturday, June 26, 2021 8:00 am - Saturday, June 26, 2021 9:30 am
Location: August A Busch Shooting Range
This is a follow on program for the Virtual Modern Sporting Rifle class. You must attend the Virtual Introduction to Modern Sporting Rifle class on the 22nd of June before attending this program. The range will be open for attendees to shoot and become familiar with their Modern Sporting Rifle. Staff will be available to provide assistance in the safe handling and sighting in of your rifle. Attendees must provide their own rifle and ammunition. The ammunition must have a projectile that is free of steel in the jacket or core. This can be checked by putting the projectile portion of your ammunition to a magnet. If the projectile sticks to the magnet it may not be used.
Registration period: May 1 - June 10
Date: Saturday, June 26, 2021 8:00 am - Saturday, June 26, 2021 10:00 am
Location: Lake City Shooting Range
This program is designed for those who have little to no experience with shotguns. We’ll cover safety, appropriate guns and ammunition, rules of the game, etiquette on the field, and field layout. Firearms and ammunition will be provided, or you can bring your own.
Registration period: May 15 - June 24
Date: Saturday, June 26, 2021 8:00 am - Saturday, June 26, 2021 9:30 am
Location: Lake City Shooting Range
This program includes rifle safety, operation, shooting fundamentals, maintenance, and safe storage. Equipment and ammunition will be provided; you may bring your own firearm and ammunition to the live-fire session.
Registration period: June 15 - June 28
Date: Tuesday, June 29, 2021 6:00 pm - Tuesday, June 29, 2021 8:00 pm
Location: Jay Henges Shooting Range

Beginning Archery

June 29, Tuesday, 6:00pm – 8:00pm.

(Ages 9 and up)

Reservations begin June 15

Join our instructors as we learn the fundamentals of shooting archery. This is a fun program for the entire family, ages 9 and up

As these are in-person programs MDC asks all guests to observe social distancing guidelines and maintain at least 6 feet from others for the safety of participants and staff. Bringing and wearing face coverings is encouraged when indoors, or any time visitors are unable to maintain at least 6 feet from others. Local ordinances requiring face masks will be observed where applicable.

Registration period: June 1 - June 30
Date: Wednesday, June 30, 2021 7:00 pm - Wednesday, June 30, 2021 9:00 pm
Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range
Are you looking for a “jumping" good time, while learning and enjoying the outdoors? Frog gigging! This program will include all you need to know to get started gigging frogs. Including topics such as; basic frog facts, legal species to harvest and their identification, seasons, limits, regulations, and methods to harvest. Participants will practice what they’ve learned on a short frog gigging trip at Bois D" Arc Conservation Area ponds. Participants will learn all the basic of cooking frog legs as well as strategies to be successful on your next frogging adventure! Participants must be at least 8 years of age; all minors will need to be accompanied by an adult with a driver’s license. Participants, not exempt, must possess a Missouri fishing or hunting permit. Participants will need to appropriate clothing and foot wear (rubber boots) for frog gigging. All equipment will be provided.
Date: Tuesday, July 6, 2021 9:00 am - Tuesday, July 6, 2021 10:30 am
Location: August A Busch Shooting Range
This program will teach the fundamentals of archery and atlatl including equipment, safety, stance, and shooting techniques. This event will take place on the static archery range. All equipment will be provided.
Date: Tuesday, July 6, 2021 12:00 pm - Tuesday, July 6, 2021 1:30 pm
Location: August A Busch Shooting Range
This program will teach the fundamentals of archery and atlatl including equipment, safety, stance, and shooting techniques. This event will take place on the static archery range. All equipment will be provided.