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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lake at Maintz WP
Cape Girardeau
The Maintz Wildlife Preserve is an 804-acre area of rolling hills located in northwestern Cape

Events

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Registration period: August 26 - September 27
Date: Wednesday, September 1, 2021 11:30 am - Thursday, September 30, 2021 3:00 pm
Location: Lake City Shooting Range
Registration is required! Shotgun shooting is fun and exciting. If you want to learn about the shotgun fundamentals from the very beginning or improve your skill at skeet, trap or 5-stand, this One-on-One Shotgun Instruction course is for you! Our instructors will help you get started and work with you on the basics to prepare you for moving on to each discipline. To register or for more information, please call 816-249-3194. You must provide your own shotgun and two (2) full boxes of shells. The shells must be # 7.5, 8, or 9 shot. We look forward to seeing you soon!
Registration period: August 26 - September 27
Date: Wednesday, September 1, 2021 11:30 am - Thursday, September 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: August 29 - September 29
Date: Wednesday, September 29, 2021 6:00 pm - Wednesday, September 29, 2021 7:30 pm
Location: Parma Woods Shooting Range
The environment around us is full of materials that can be used to make things. Whether you're out camping and forgot a piece of your kit, or you are lost in the wilderness and facing a survival situation, it can be useful to know how to turn natural materials into tools. In this class we will learn how to create cordage, or rope. After a short discussion of material types, we will get hands on time to create our own measure of cordage with locally gathered items. Supplies will be provided. Bring drinking water.
Registration period: September 1 - September 30
Date: Thursday, September 30, 2021 5:00 pm - Thursday, September 30, 2021 7:00 pm
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center
You don’t have to be a hunter to be a skilled archer. Learn the basics of the sport of archery and try your hand at shooting a bow in this women’s only program. No experience necessary and all equipment is provided. Dress for the weather and wear close toed shoes. Registration required. Ages 16 and up.
Registration period: September 27 - October 27
Date: Friday, October 1, 2021 11:30 am - Sunday, October 31, 2021 3:00 pm
Location: Lake City Shooting Range
Registration is required! Shotgun shooting is fun and exciting. If you want to learn about the shotgun fundamentals from the very beginning or improve your skill at skeet, trap or 5-stand, this One-on-One Shotgun Instruction course is for you! Our instructors will help you get started and work with you on the basics to prepare you for moving on to each discipline. To register or for more information, please call 816-249-3194. You must provide your own shotgun and two (2) full boxes of shells. The shells must be # 7.5, 8, or 9 shot. We look forward to seeing you soon!
Registration period: September 27 - October 27
Date: Friday, October 1, 2021 11:30 am - Sunday, October 31, 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.
Date: Saturday, October 2, 2021 8:00 am - Saturday, October 2, 2021 12:00 pm
Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

This skills session will satisfy part two of the Missouri Hunter Education requirements. To enter the session, you must complete the knowledge portion and provide proof of completion by presenting either a qualifier certificate or a completed hunter education student manual the day of the event. All students must provide proof of identification and age. The final exam will be administered at the end of the skills session. Please arrive a minimum of 15 minutes before the beginning of the class to complete registration; late arrivals will not be admitted so please arrive early. In the event of a cancellation, you will be contacted by email and/or phone. Note: Students 16 and older who have successfully completed the all-online Hunter Education course do not need to attend an in-person skills session.

Date: Sunday, October 3, 2021 4:00 pm - Sunday, October 3, 2021 6:30 pm
Location: Online only

Learn the basics of hunting the whitetail deer. We will cover scouting, setup, shooting and much more.

Date: Sunday, October 3, 2021 4:00 pm - Sunday, October 3, 2021 6:30 pm
Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

Learn the basics of hunting the whitetail deer. We will cover scouting, setup, shooting and much more.

Date: Monday, October 4, 2021 9:00 am - Monday, October 4, 2021 12:00 pm
Location: August A Busch Shooting Range
field trip
Registration period: September 20 - October 3
Date: Monday, October 4, 2021 6:00 pm - Monday, October 4, 2021 8:00 pm
Location: Jay Henges Shooting Range

Deer – Field to Freezer

October 4, Monday, 6 - 8 p.m.

(Ages 11 and up)

Learn the steps necessary to process deer meat yourself. We will demonstrate how to skin and butcher a deer in simple easy steps with minimum equipment. You will learn tips on how to make sure your venison is the best quality possible.

Date: Tuesday, October 5, 2021 5:00 pm - Tuesday, October 5, 2021 8:30 pm
Location: August A Busch Shooting Range
Learn the steps necessary to process deer meat yourself. We will discuss the field dressing process and demonstrate how to skin and butcher a deer in simple easy steps with minimum equipment. You'll learn tips on how to make sure your venison is the best quality possible.
Registration period: August 13 - October 4
Date: Wednesday, October 6, 2021 6:00 pm - Wednesday, October 6, 2021 8:00 pm
Location: Online only
White-tailed deer are one of the most challenging game animals to pursue. Pursuing them on public lands is exponentially more challenging. Attend this virtual program for some tips on how to locate and pattern public land deer to make your hunting efforts more enjoyable.
Date: Thursday, October 7, 2021 5:30 pm - Thursday, October 7, 2021 9:30 pm
Location: Parma Woods Shooting Range
Registration period: September 9 - October 7
Date: Saturday, October 9, 2021 8:00 am
Location: Lake City Shooting Range
Skeet is a great way to improve your skills with the shotgun. This program is for those who have little to no experience with shotguns or want to move onto a new game. We’ll cover safety, appropriate firearms and ammunition, rules of the game, etiquette on the field, and field layout. Firearms and ammunition will be provided, or you may bring your own.
Date: Saturday, October 9, 2021 9:00 am - Saturday, October 9, 2021 12:00 pm
Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

This skills session will satisfy part two of Missouri Hunter Education requirements. To obtain hunter education certification you must also attend part one (online, self-study, or a classroom session) and bring along your skills session qualifier certificate or a student manual with the review questions completed. Students 15 and under must also bring a copy of their birth certificate or other proof of age. The final exam will be administered at the end of the skills session. Please arrive a minimum of 15 minutes before the beginning of the class to complete registration; late arrivals will not be admitted so please arrive early. In the event of a cancellation, you will be contacted by email and/or phone. Note: Students who are 16 and over and have completed the all-online Hunter Education course are certified and do not need to attend an in-person skills session. Please note the following COVID-19 related procedures.

a. To maximize social distancing, only those seeking Hunter Education certification will be allowed in the course room.

b. All Hunter Education instructors will be wearing face masks.

c. Non-functioning firearms will be sanitized between uses.

d. Please ensure 6 feet of social distance always.

e. If you answer yes to any of the following self-certification questions, you should not attend.

1. Do you, or a person you live with, have:

a. A temperature of 100.4°F or higher, OR

b. Two or more of the following: chills, new loss of taste or smell, or unexplained body aches, headache, or sore throat, OR

c. One or more of the following: dry, non-productive cough (new onset or worsening of chronic cough), shortness of breath, or difficulty breathing?

2. If you have traveled outside of Missouri, did you have contact with anyone known to have COVID-19 or visit an area with high incident of COVID-19?

3. Have you come into contact with anyone who has been sick?

4. In the last two weeks, did you care for or have close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19?
Registration period: January 1 - October 7
Date: Saturday, October 9, 2021 9:00 am - Saturday, October 9, 2021 1:00 pm
Location: Parma Woods Shooting Range
Date: Tuesday, October 12, 2021 9:00 am - Tuesday, October 12, 2021 12:00 pm
Location: August A Busch Shooting Range
Field trip
Date: Wednesday, October 13, 2021 6:00 pm - Wednesday, October 13, 2021 7:30 pm
Location: August A Busch Shooting Range
This clinic will cover the basics of duck hunting for youth hunters who are curious about getting into duck hunting.
Date: Thursday, October 14, 2021 6:00 pm - Thursday, October 14, 2021 8:00 pm
Location: Parma Woods Shooting Range
New to bowhunting deer? Or just want to expand your knowledge? Archery deer hunting is a rich and rewarding experience that will get you out in the woods, open more hunting opportunities, teach you more about deer, and create lifelong memories. Join us in this program and learn about deer biology, habits, archery hunting equipment, hunting and archery strategies, and deer hunting regulations.
Date: Saturday, October 16, 2021 8:30 am - Saturday, October 16, 2021 11:30 am
Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

In this class we are going to spend more time on the range shooting the .22 rifle. Staff will help shooters perfect their fundamentals of rifle shooting. Some larger caliber rifles will be provided for shooters to work on distance shooting. If you plan to use your own, bring a minimum of 50 rounds of new ammunition in the caliber of your rifle. There should be no live ammunition, or uncased firearms inside the classroom. Please leave all firearms in the vehicle until the class is dismissed to go down range to shoot. This includes concealed carry handguns and magazines. Make sure your rifle is completely unloaded before you arrive at the range.

Registration period: September 16 - October 15
Date: Saturday, October 16, 2021 9:00 am - Saturday, October 16, 2021 1:00 pm
Location: Lake City Shooting Range
Date: Saturday, October 16, 2021 9:00 am - Saturday, October 16, 2021 12:00 pm
Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

This skills session will satisfy part two of Missouri Hunter Education requirements. To obtain hunter education certification you must also attend part one (online, self-study, or a classroom session) and bring along your skills session qualifier certificate or a student manual with the review questions completed. Students 15 and under must also bring a copy of their birth certificate or other proof of age. The final exam will be administered at the end of the skills session. Please arrive a minimum of 15 minutes before the beginning of the class to complete registration; late arrivals will not be admitted so please arrive early. In the event of a cancellation, you will be contacted by email and/or phone. Note: Students who are 16 and over and have completed the all-online Hunter Education course are certified and do not need to attend an in-person skills session. Please note the following COVID-19 related procedures.

a. To maximize social distancing, only those seeking Hunter Education certification will be allowed in the course room.

b. All Hunter Education instructors will be wearing face masks.

c. Non-functioning firearms will be sanitized between uses.

d. Please ensure 6 feet of social distance always.

e. If you answer yes to any of the following self-certification questions, you should not attend.

1. Do you, or a person you live with, have:

a. A temperature of 100.4°F or higher, OR

b. Two or more of the following: chills, new loss of taste or smell, or unexplained body aches, headache, or sore throat, OR

c. One or more of the following: dry, non-productive cough (new onset or worsening of chronic cough), shortness of breath, or difficulty breathing?

2. If you have traveled outside of Missouri, did you have contact with anyone known to have COVID-19 or visit an area with high incident of COVID-19?

3. Have you come into contact with anyone who has been sick?

4. In the last two weeks, did you care for or have close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19?
Registration period: September 6 - October 16
Date: Saturday, October 16, 2021 9:30 am - Saturday, October 16, 2021 2:00 pm
Location: Ringneck Farms

It is preferred that women are Hunter Ed. certified. If you are not please call Adam with MDC to discuss it. Also contact Adam with any questions. 660-247-1601.

Participants must register on-line to attend.

We will have a safety discussion, followed by clay bird shooting, and then walking the fields to shoot pen raised quail. Lunch is provided.
Registration period: September 17 - October 16
Date: Saturday, October 16, 2021 3:00 pm - Saturday, October 16, 2021 4:00 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Be right on target! Try your hand at archery and experience a fun way to enjoy the outdoors. All archery equipment will be provided and disinfected between participants. Adult supervision is required for ages 9-17. This program will take place entirely outdoors so please dress for the weather. In the event of rain, this program will be cancelled.