Shooting

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Whether you’re honing your skills for hunting or testing your prowess for the fun of it, the sport of shooting is directly tied to conservation. The Missouri Department of Conservation has shooters covered with resources for all different skill levels.

Looking for a shooting range? Find an MDC shooting range near you.

New to shooting and looking for instruction? Find educational opportunities through MDC.

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Guidelines for Shooting at MDC Shooting Ranges

Tips To Be Safe and Courteous at a Shooting Range:

  • Wear eye and ear protection when using firearms or when you are near others who are using firearms.
  • Only use paper targets; attach the targets to the provided target stands.
  • Remove your own litter, including used targets and empty hulls.
  • Don’t shoot or handle a firearm when anyone is downrange of the shooting line.

Four Fundamental Rules of Firearm Safety. Always:

  1. Keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction.
  2. Keep your finger off the trigger until you are ready to shoot.
  3. Keep the safety on until you are ready to shoot.
  4. Be 100 percent certain of your target and what is beyond it before you shoot.
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Types of MDC Shooting Ranges

Unstaffed Shooting Ranges

Unstaffed ranges on MDC areas offer opportunities for shooters to practice their shooting skills at their own pace. No fee required.

Staffed Shooting Ranges and Outdoor Education Centers

Staffed shooting ranges and outdoor education centers help you become a sharper, safer hunter or outdoors person regardless of your experience or skill level. Our staff of specialists and trained volunteers can help you or your group master firearms and archery. The centers also host educational public programming on many other outdoor skills.

Fees and reservations at staffed MDC shooting ranges

Rifle/pistol range use is $5 per hour. Shotgun sports, where available, are $5 per round. All fees are payable only by cash or check.

Staffed shooting range and outdoor education centers are available for group use by purchasing a special use permit for $20 per hour. For details about reservations and using the centers, call the center.

Find an MDC shooting range near you.

Great Places For Shooting

Events

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Registration period: June 8 - June 21
Date: Saturday, June 22, 2024 8:00 am - Saturday, June 22, 2024 9:30 am
Location: Jay Henges Shooting Range

Families who have never had experience shooting .22 rifles are invited to participate in an instructor led, live fire session learning safety and the proper techniques of shooting .22 rim fire rifles. Firearms, ammunition, and safety equipment will be provided

Registration period: May 1 - June 21
Date: Saturday, June 22, 2024 9:00 am - Saturday, June 22, 2024 11:00 am
Location: Parma Woods Shooting Range

This workshop will offer a chance to learn best practices for maintaining a healthy pond on your property. Participants will learn directly from MDC experts in fisheries management. The workshop covers a wide variety of topics, including fish stocking, creating fish habitat, and controlling aquatic vegetation. There will also be a question-and-answer opportunity after the workshop.

There will be live aquatic plant samples and we encourage you to bring in a sample of your pond plants so we can identify them for you while you are there.
Registration period: May 23 - June 24
Date: Monday, June 24, 2024 5:00 pm - Monday, June 24, 2024 6:30 pm
Location: August A Busch Shooting Range
Cant tie a knot so you tie alot? This online event is designed to show you how to tie the 6 most basic knots for the outdoors. We will explain and demonstrate what each knot is used for, and let you have hands on practicing tying each knot.
Date: Tuesday, June 25, 2024 3:00 pm - Tuesday, June 25, 2024 7:00 pm
Location: August A Busch Shooting Range
Come out and enjoy the day at our August A. Busch Shooting range open house. There will be loads of activities, some to include .22 call rifle shooting, shotgun shooting, atlatl, archery, 18 static displays, disc golf, fishing game, demonstrations by Agent Nick Bommarito with MDC's newest dog and much more! If it is hot dont worry we have free snow cones for everyone! This event is completely free and tons of family fun!
Registration period: May 1 - June 27
Date: Friday, June 28, 2024 9:30 am - Friday, June 28, 2024 2:00 pm
Location: St. Louis Regional Office/Busch Memorial CA

Join us at Busch Conservation Area for Camp Hellbender-no newts allowed! This summer camp is designed to let adults feel like a kid again and have some fun in the outdoors while exploring some of the best conservation areas in the region that MDC has to offer! At Busch CA, we will start off our morning with some kayaking on the lake and BB Gun target practice with our Busch Shooting Range staff, following by lunch at the picnic pavilion. To end our day, we will cool off in the classroom to meet some of our resident cold-blooded critters and learn about the reptiles and amphibians of Missouri.

Please bring your own water bottle and lunch. Refrigeration is available if needed. Sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses, and water-resistant shoes for kayaking are recommended.

Please register each participant individually. Meet at the classroom in the main building at Busch CA.

This program is part of our ongoing Camp Hellbender Series! We encourage you to participate in as many Camp days as you’d like. Registration is required for each individual camp. Campers will receive a special button to commemorate each activity they participate in throughout the summer, and all Campers will be invited back for our Closing Campfire at the end of the Summer! Please only register for one day per site.

Camp Hellbender Summer Camp Schedule:

Sunday, June 2nd- August A Busch CA

Friday, June 14th- Rockwoods Reservation

Friday, June 21st- Powder Valley Nature Center

Saturday, June 22nd- Rockwoods Reservation

Friday, June 28th- August A Busch CA

Friday, July 12th- Columbia Bottom CA

Friday, July 19th- Tower Grove Park

Saturday, July 20th- Tower Grove Park

Saturday, July 27th- Columbia Bottom CA

Friday, August 2nd- Closing Campfire at Busch CA
Registration period: February 10 - June 27
Date: Saturday, June 29, 2024 8:00 am - Saturday, June 29, 2024 9:30 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: May 29 - June 28
Date: Saturday, June 29, 2024 9:00 am - Saturday, June 29, 2024 11:00 am
Location: August A Busch Shooting Range
If you are a bird hunter and thinking about getting your first hunting dog, this program will cover the basics of how to choose your dog including what questions to ask such as will be an inside dog or just hunting dog, pedigrees, breeds, and more. This will be followed by a live demonstration of retrieving dogs.
Registration period: December 7 - June 28
Date: Sunday, June 30, 2024 3:00 pm - Sunday, June 30, 2024 4:30 pm
Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

We will discuss the correct shot placement on North American game animals along with the correct safety protocol, used when shooting on a 3D archery range. We will shoot a variety of game animal targets, from the ground and from an elevated tower. This class will enable you to master those tough shots when shooting at large game animals. This program is not for the beginning archery shooter as it is an intermediate level program, so unless you are beyond the basics in archery this program is not for you.

Date: Tuesday, July 2, 2024 5:00 pm - Tuesday, July 2, 2024 7:00 pm
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Registration required by visiting https://mostateparks.com/learn2-aim (ages 10+) Begin your archery journey and take a step back in time. Join Missouri State Parks to learn new skills with joint instruction on the basics of archery and atlatl throwing.
Registration period: June 1 - July 3
Date: Saturday, July 6, 2024 8:00 am - Saturday, July 6, 2024 10:00 am
Location: Lake City Shooting Range

If you were in the woods by yourself with nothing but a string and a knife, would you be able to survive? Have you made a fire without matches or a lighter? Could you fashion a snare or trap to catch an animal for food or make a fishing pole? Would you like to learn how to use an Atlatl? These are some of the primitive hunting skills we will discuss and learn to use. Bring your sense of adventure and join us for this fun, informative session.