What You'll Learn
- Improving shotgun skills
- Pattern-testing procedures
- Best loads and choke combinations for waterfowl or upland gamebird hunting
- Estimating range and distance
- Game recovery strategies
- Increasing harvest rates
- Benefits of nontoxic shot
- Matching nontoxic shot shells with appropriate shotguns and chokes.
Free Steel Practice Shot and Clay Targets Provided
We provide free 12- and 20-gauge nontoxic practice ammunition to participants. Besides being nontoxic, steel shot is the cheapest nontoxic shot, (many times cheaper than even lead), holds the tightest patterns, and has the shortest shot strings. If you can learn to shoot steel shot effectively, you can be more effective with any other shot. We provide free clay targets, too.
What To Bring
You must have some understanding of waterfowl or upland game bird hunting, shotgun shooting, chokes, and ammunition.
Bring the following:
- Your shotgun
- Choke tubes (if applicable)
- Any other nontoxic shotgun ammunition you would like to pattern test
- Eye and ear protection
- Stool or chair
- Snack, lunch, and beverage.
Host A Workshop
Would your club or organization like to host one of these free workshops for your members and the public? Contact the Education Outreach Coordinator at 573-522-4115, ext. 3295 to set up a workshop.
Ready To Register? Check The Events Calendar Below
Workshops are offered at various locations statewide throughout the year. Call 573-522-4115, ext. 3295 to find out when a workshop will be offered in your area.
Effective Wingshooting Events
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.
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.