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NOTICE: In-Person Events Limited Due to COVID

In-person MDC events and programs at our nature centers, shooting ranges, and other locations around the state are limited due to COVID-19 considerations. MDC is offering new online programs that allow people to attend virtually. Please check our class listings to see what classes are limited, in-person classes or virtual classes.

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Register by July 10

Date: Saturday, July 11, 2020 - 8:30am to 11:30am

Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

This is a virtual learning program in our Learning to Hunt Series. This basic program includes an introduction to wingshooting fundamentals, distance estimation, non-toxic shotshell ammunition selection for hunting, and shotgun patterning with a goal to help migratory and upland bird hunters improve their hunting skills with non-toxic shot.

Register by July 15

Date: Wednesday, July 15, 2020 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center

One of the best things about summer in Missouri is watching the colorful flutter-dancing of butterflies in our yards, neighborhoods, and parks. But besides just bringing us pleasure, they also play an important role in our natural world. If you’d like to learn more about the importance of these brilliant beauties, join us for a virtual butterfly webinar. You’ll learn about how to identify some of our most common butterflies, their fascinating life cycles, and the best native plants for attracting them to your landscape. You must register to attend and provide a valid email to receive a link to join the program. Best for ages 16 and up.

Register by July 20

Date: Tuesday, July 21, 2020 - 10:00am to 10:30am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Hummingbirds have zipped their ways into many hearts but there is still a lot to know about these tiny wonders! Join us for a VIRTUAL program about the ruby-throated hummingbird with Naturalist Jordi Raos. She'll give a short virtual presentation followed by a Q&A session. When registering, please provide an active email address in your profile as you will receive a link the day prior to the program. Ages 6 to adult recommended. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Register by July 25

Date: Saturday, July 25, 2020 - 8:30am to 11:30am

Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

Join us for a virtual learning experience and learn the basics of shooting archery. This class will be all online due to Covid-19 restrictions about using our physical classroom. For more information please call 417-742-4361.

Register by July 29

Date: Thursday, July 30, 2020 - 1:00pm to 1:30pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Many Missourians enjoy time on the water during summer, but so do many of our wildlife friends. Join us for a VIRTUAL program discussing how to identify the Water Moccasin from other water snakes in Missouri. When registering, please provide an active email address in your profile as you will receive a link the day prior to the program. All ages. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Register by July 31

Date: Friday, July 31, 2020 - 1:00pm to 1:30pm

Location: Southwest Regional Office

Want to get the most out of using spincast fishing equipment to catch more trout? If so, join this informative virtual program: Spincast Fishing for Trout. Topics will include selecting the right reel, rod, line, and tackle.

Please make sure that your MDC account includes an accurate email address, so that you can receive a link to the virtual program.

Register by August 6

Date: Friday, August 7, 2020 - 10:30am to 11:00am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

You can find this long-eared furry animal in your own back yard. You might not spot it, catch it, or sneak up on it because the cottontail is made to avoid predators. Learn all about the cottontail rabbit in a VIRTUAL Little Acorns program with naturalist Alan Reed. When registering, please provide an active email address in your profile as you will receive a link the day prior to the program. Ages 3-6 years old is recommended. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Register by August 8

Date: Saturday, August 8, 2020 - 8:30am to 11:30am

Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

Join us to learn the most effective methods for dove hunting. We will discuss the biology of the bird and then teach you how to wing shoot using the Effective Wing Shooting for the Hunter techniques. We will discuss using decoys and how to use concealment to your benefit.

Date: Saturday, August 15, 2020 - 7:00am to 8:00pm

Location: Roaring River Hatchery

The Missouri Department of Conservation and The Department of Natural Resources proudly present Kids Fishing Day and Nature Festival, August 15th, at Roaring River State Park. Young anglers will have opportunities to catch fish, connect with nature and have fun participating in the many activities offered to parents and children. At 5:00 pm, a large drawing will be held and many prizes will be given away!

Kids’ Fishing Day will be held from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

At Kids’ Fishing Day, an area of the park will be designated as a fishing area for youths age 15 and under. Children in that age range can pick up free trout tags at the hatchery office any time on August 14 or all day on the day of the event. Volunteers will be available to assist the young anglers. Children are encouraged to bring their own fishing equipment. Parents are welcome to assist kids, too, but only one pole may be used between the helper and the child. Adults are not allowed to fish by themselves. Free hotdogs, chips and soda will be available between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Education is also part of Kids’ Fishing Day. Throughout the day, seminars will be held on fish cleaning, fish cooking, Dutch oven cooking, Mexican cuisine, outdoor survival, target shooting, taxidermy, watersheds, knot tying, fly tying and fly casting, how to fish Roaring River, stream biology and other subjects. A hatchery tour will show how trout are raised. A program on Missouri snakes will be given using live specimens. If kids attend three classes, they will be entered into a drawing for prizes. The drawing will be held at 5 p.m. Children must be present to win. Classes are also open to the whole family, but only children may enter the drawings.

Volunteers are needed to help out with this event. Individuals wishing to volunteer do not need to be experienced anglers. If you would like to help out with Kids’ Fishing Day or you want to get more information, call MDC’s Roaring River Hatchery at 417-847-2430 or e-mail paul.spurgeon@mdc.mo.gov

Register by August 15

Date: Saturday, August 15, 2020 - 8:30am to 11:30am

Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

Trap shooting is a fun and exciting way to further your shotgun shooting knowledge. We will be spending time talking about the game of trap and then work with you individually on the trap field to assist the shotgun shooter in learning gun mount, moving the shotgun, hold points, break points, forward allowance, and many more of the mechanics as it pertains to trap shooting. This program is not for the beginning shotgun shooter as it is an intermediate level program so unless you are beyond the basics in shotgunning this program is not for you. You will need to bring your unloaded shotgun to this program to use and both .12 and .20-gauge ammunition will be provided for the program.

Register by August 21

Date: Friday, August 21, 2020 - 1:00pm to 1:30pm

Location: Southwest Regional Office

Want to learn more about catfishing using alternative methods? If so, join this informative virtual program. Topics will include methods, commonly used baits, as well as rules and regulations.

Please make sure that your MDC account includes an accurate email address, so that you can receive a link to the virtual program.

Register by August 22

Date: Saturday, August 22, 2020 - 8:30am to 11:30am

Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

You have selected the bow of your choice, now what do I need to make me a more effective archer and hunter. Now discover all the accessory items that can be added to make your bow hunting or recreational shooting the most enjoyable.

Register by September 19

Date: Saturday, September 19, 2020 - 8:30am to 11:30am

Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

Join us to discuss how to select the right optic, options for mounting it and hot to mount it. Then we’ll discuss how to bore sight and zero your new scope.

Register by September 26

Date: Saturday, September 26, 2020 - 8:30am to 11:30am

Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

This class will be the complete guide to using all methods of bow and arrow, long bow, compound, cross bow and atlatl, that you will ever want to know about and more. We will shoot each method in hunting like situations, be prepared to be outside for this class.

Date: Saturday, September 26, 2020 - 12:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

National Hunting and Fishing Day (NHF)- Each year on the forth Saturday in September we celebrate NHF day by providing one free hour of shooting on the rifle/pistol range, shotgun patterning range, or the archery range and for shotgun shooters we allow one free round of trap or skeet. Bring your own firearms and ammunition to participate and regular check in, hours, and fees apply for other hours/rounds needed.

Register by October 10

Date: Saturday, October 10, 2020 - 8:30am to 11:30am

Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

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

Register by October 15

Date: Thursday, October 15, 2020 - 6:30pm to 9:30pm

Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

Beginners to advanced hunters are sure to learn proper techniques to ensure their organic wild game meat is probably handled and stored. This event covers regulations, field dressing, supplies, transporting, and techniques for processing deer.

Register by October 17

Date: Saturday, October 17, 2020 - 8:30am to 11:30am

Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

Join us to learn the basics of safely loading and shooting a modern in-line muzzleloading rifle. We will discuss all aspects of loading, shooting, and cleaning.

Register by October 24

Date: Saturday, October 24, 2020 - 8:30am to 11:30am

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.

Register by November 5

Date: Thursday, November 5, 2020 - 6:30pm to 9:30pm

Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

Prefer to shoot targets, this could be the class for you. Experience the art of competitive archery and the styles they shoot. Learn how to score targets and read rings for points. We will provide bows if needed.

Register by November 21

Date: Saturday, November 21, 2020 - 8:30am to 11:30am

Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

Join us to discover the basics of responsible handgun ownership and the joys of shooting. We will cover safety, handgun nomenclature, sight picture, sight alignment, breath control, trigger squeeze, and much more. All firearms and ammunition will be provided, and you may bring your personal handgun to use during the live fire portion. There should be no live ammunition, concealed firearms, or uncased firearms inside the classroom.

Register by December 12

Date: Saturday, December 12, 2020 - 8:30am to 11:30am

Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

This clinic gives families an opportunity to learn about the skills necessary to hunt Rabbits. Topics include safety, rules and regulations, hunting methods, hunting techniques, as well as how to care and process for harvested game.

Register by December 19

Date: Saturday, December 19, 2020 - 8:30am to 11:30am

Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

Are your children interested in shooting, but you need help getting started? Air rifle is one of the safest ways to start the youth off in shooting safely. We will cover the basic safety of a firearm, fundamentals of shooting and other youth programs available. This will be a fun and safe way for children and their parents to learn and enjoy shooting together.

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