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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.

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Registration period: September 9 - October 30
Date: Saturday, October 1, 2022 11:00 am - Sunday, October 30, 2022 2:30 pm
Location: Lake City Shooting Range
Shotgun shooting is fun and exciting. Whether you want to learn about the shotgun fundamentals from the very beginning or improve your skills on the skeet, trap or 5-stand ranges, 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. THIS CLASS IS BY APPOINTMENT ONLY! Please call 816-249-3194 to make an appointment. 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 23 - October 25
Date: Saturday, October 1, 2022 11:00 am - Sunday, October 30, 2022 3:00 pm
Location: Lake City Shooting Range
The Lake City Shooting Range wants to help you sight in your hunting rifle...for FREE! The instructors will help you ready to hunt, fine-tune your scope or improve on your shooting skills. If you are preparing for a hunt, bring the rifle and ammunition you plan to use during the hunt. THIS CLASS IS BY APPOINTMENT ONLY! Please call 816-249-3194 to make an appointment.
Registration period: September 9 - October 28
Date: Saturday, October 1, 2022 11:00 am - Sunday, October 30, 2022 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! THIS CLASS 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: September 19 - October 2
Date: Monday, October 3, 2022 6:00 pm - Monday, October 3, 2022 9:00 pm
Location: Jay Henges Shooting Range

The Beginning Handgun program includes handgun fundamentals, operation, safety, maintenance and safe storage. We start in the Education Center with classroom instruction then move to the range for a live-fire session. Firearms, ammunition, and safety equipment are provided however, you may bring your own handgun and ammunition to the live-fire session. Firearms and ammunition are not allowed in the Education Center. RESERVATIONS REQUIRED

Registration period: September 8 - October 4
Date: Tuesday, October 4, 2022 5:30 pm - Tuesday, October 4, 2022 7:30 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: September 19 - October 3
Date: Tuesday, October 4, 2022 6:00 pm - Tuesday, October 4, 2022 8:00 pm
Location: Jay Henges Shooting Range

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.

Registration period: September 20 - October 4
Date: Wednesday, October 5, 2022 9:00 am - Wednesday, October 5, 2022 12:30 pm
Location: Rolla Shooting Club

Have you always wanted to firearm hunt on your own? First you need to get certified! Join us at Rolla Shooting Club for a Hunter Education skills session on October 5, 2022 at 9 am. Private event for local homeschool group.

Participants must be 11 years old and have completed the knowledge portion of the course prior to attending this skills session. This is done either by completing the online version (for a fee), or filling out the student manual chapter review questions and bringing the booklet to class for instructor review (no charge). Student manuals are available at the Rolla MDC Office (12655 State Route Y, Rolla, MO) or from the MDC website (https://mdc.mo.gov/hunting-trapping/hunter-education/hunter-ed-study-guide-order-form). Students under 16 are required to show proof of age (i.e. Birth certificate; Passport; or photo ID that displays a birthdate) when checking in.

After successfully completing the skills session and passing a 35-question, multiple-choice final with a score of 80 percent or better, you will receive a temporary certificate so you can purchase a permit and hunt immediately. Please self-screen for COVID-19 symptoms before attending the class, and stay home if you are exhibiting symptoms.
Registration period: September 20 - October 4
Date: Wednesday, October 5, 2022 1:00 pm - Wednesday, October 5, 2022 2:30 pm
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 must be at least years old. Individuals age 11 to 17 must attend with a parent or guardian who is also registered for the workshop. 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: September 6 - October 5
Date: Thursday, October 6, 2022 6:00 pm - Thursday, October 6, 2022 10:00 pm
Location: Parma Woods Shooting Range
Registration period: September 8 - October 7
Date: Saturday, October 8, 2022 8:00 am - Saturday, October 8, 2022 9:30 am
Location: August A Busch Shooting Range
This program is designed as a basic course to provide families an opportunity to become familiar with shooting. 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.
Registration period: September 15 - October 6
Date: Saturday, October 8, 2022 8:00 am - Saturday, October 8, 2022 10:30 am
Location: Lake City Shooting Range
This program is designed for those who have had some experience with shotguns. 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.
Registration period: September 6 - October 7
Date: Saturday, October 8, 2022 8:30 am - Saturday, October 8, 2022 11:30 am
Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

Predator hunting can be done at times of the year when other hunting seasons are closed. This introductory program will cover the basics of predator hunting and trapping. We will cover equipment needed, set-ups, and calling. Both basic as well as advanced tactics will be covered.

Registration period: July 1 - October 6
Date: Tuesday, October 11, 2022 9:00 am - Tuesday, October 11, 2022 11:00 am
Location: Shaw Nature Reserve

Are you someone that has never shot a bow and arrow before and you’re not sure how to get started? Or maybe you did when you were young, but never pursued the activity any further. Learn the basics of shooting the bow and arrow utilizing some of the techniques and methods that have been adopted by the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP). This course is for those 11 years of age or older with the desire to shoot a bow and arrow, but have little or no experience. Learn archery shooting fundamentals while gaining knowledge about equipment options and choices. Note: All equipment will be provided by the Missouri Department of Conservation. Not recommended for adults with shoulder or back injuries.

* Classes will be CANCELLED if we encounter inclement weather — rain or heat (temps more than 90 degrees).

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Registration period: August 17 - October 10
Date: Tuesday, October 11, 2022 5:30 pm - Tuesday, October 11, 2022 7:00 pm
Location: Parma Woods Shooting Range
The crossbow is not a new technology, but it is a very effective hunting tool that can now be utilized by nearly anyone who would like to give crossbow hunting a try. This class is designed to complement the growing trend of crossbow use. Our instructors will provide some basic safety instruction, crossbow facts, and give everyone a chance to try a crossbow.
Registration period: September 6 - October 14
Date: Saturday, October 15, 2022 9:00 am - Saturday, October 15, 2022 10:30 am
Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

Ever wonder what people mean when they say their deer scored 170? Have you wanted to know if harvest was a trophy setting animal? Join us for this class to learn how to score your harvest and what animals can be scored. This class does not qualify you to become a scorer yourself, an official scorer must score your animal to be eligible for any record setting.

Registration period: September 6 - October 14
Date: Saturday, October 15, 2022 9:00 am - Saturday, October 15, 2022 10:30 am
Location: Online only

Ever wonder what people mean when they say their deer scored 170? Have you wanted to know if harvest was a trophy setting animal? Join us for this class to learn how to score your harvest and what animals can be scored. This class does not qualify you to become a scorer yourself, an official scorer must score your animal to be eligible for any record setting.

Registration period: September 15 - October 15
Date: Saturday, October 15, 2022 10:00 am - Saturday, October 15, 2022 12:00 pm
Location: August A Busch Shooting Range
This program will teach the fundamentals of archery including equipment, safety, stance, and shooting techniques. This event will take place on the static archery range. All equipment will be provided.
Registration period: September 19 - October 18
Date: Wednesday, October 19, 2022 8:30 am - Wednesday, October 19, 2022 10:30 am
Location: Parma Woods Shooting Range

BY APPOINTMENT ONLY, call 816-891-9941 for details

Are you new to shooting? Do you have some new equipment? Would you like some assistance to get you in the bullseye? Give our staff a call and we’ll set you up for an appointment with one of our trained and certified instructors to help make sure you are ready come opening day.

Registration period: October 1 - October 19
Date: Wednesday, October 19, 2022 2:30 pm - Wednesday, October 19, 2022 4:30 pm
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center
Archery is a fun, lifetime sport that all can enjoy. Learn the basics of archery and how to shoot safely, then practice your newly learned skills under the supervision of Runge staff. Dress for the weather in closed-toe shoes. All equipment is provided. Registration required. Ages 7+
Registration period: August 10 - October 20
Date: Thursday, October 20, 2022 6:30 pm - Thursday, October 20, 2022 8:30 pm
Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

This program is an introduction to wingshooting fundamentals, distance estimation, non-toxic shotshell ammunition and shotgun patterning. The goal is to help migratory and upland bird hunters improve their hunting skills with non-toxic shot. Bring your own shotgun with a minimum of 50 rounds of new steel ammunition in the gauge of your shotgun. Make sure all firearms are unloaded before arriving at the range. There should be no live ammunition, or uncased firearms inside the classroom. Please leave all firearms in the vehicle until the class is dismissed including all concealed carry handguns and magazines.

Registration period: September 11 - October 11
Date: Saturday, October 22, 2022 5:00 am - Saturday, October 22, 2022 12:00 pm
Location: August A Busch Shooting Range
This program and hunt is for youth, who has never hunted, that is interested in learning the skills needed to successfully hunt ducks. We will begin with a mandatory clinic on Tuesday, October 11 from 5-7 p.m. to discuss safety, firearms, clothing, hunting techniques, and details of the hunt. All participants for the hunt must attend the mandatory online clinic and be Hunter Education Certified to participate in the hunt on October 22.
Registration period: September 24 - October 21
Date: Saturday, October 22, 2022 8:00 am - Saturday, October 22, 2022 12:00 pm
Location: Dysart Memorial Shooting Complex
For class questions, call Dennis Desmond at 660-815-7742
Registration period: October 1 - October 19
Date: Saturday, October 22, 2022 9:00 am - Saturday, October 22, 2022 12:00 pm
Location: Jay Henges 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.

Registration period: September 9 - October 21
Date: Saturday, October 22, 2022 9:00 am - Saturday, October 22, 2022 10:30 am
Location: Rockwoods Reservation
Learn the basics of beginner's archery and practice your skills in an open field with stationary targets. All equipment will be provided. Please register each person participating.
Registration period: September 9 - October 22
Date: Saturday, October 22, 2022 9:00 am - Saturday, October 22, 2022 2:30 pm
Location: Trenton Trap and Skeet Range

Participants will watch a brief presentation on shooting steel shot and effective wingshooting. Next we will go outside and work on crossing shotgun shots as well as patterning your gun. Bring your gun that you most hunt with and MDC will provide ammunition and clay birds. Bring your own shells to pattern or use the various brands that will be provided.

Dress for the weather, bring a bag chair for yourself, and your lunch. Drinks will be provided.