Busch Shooting Range holds FREE Learn to Shoot event June 3

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DEFIANCE, Mo.—If you’ve ever had an interest in trying out a shooting sport, a special free event hosted by the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) next week offers the perfect opportunity.

MDC’s August A. Busch Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center in Defiance will hold Learn to Shoot Open House event Monday, June 3 from 4-7 p.m.  This will be a free event open to ages 9 and up.  MDC will supply all firearms, targets, safety equipment, and ammunition needed.

“Come join us anytime during the event and learn the basics of a wide variety of shooting disciplines from qualified MDC instructors,” said MDC Outdoor Education Center Manger Bryant Hertel.  

The open house format will offer shooters flexibility in attending.  Available instruction at four different shooting stations will include .22 caliber rifles, .22 handguns, shotguns, sand archery.  Each participant will start in the classroom where they will sign in and receive a brief safety orientation. They will then receive a card to take to each shooting station.  Shooters will get their cards punched at a station upon completing its shooting activity.

No previous shooting experience or registration is required, Hertel added.  He also stressed that offering beginning shooters a chance to shoot and learn how to shoot safely are the most important aspects of the event.  More information can be found at https://tinyurl.com/yyy7ler2.

The Busch Shooting Range is located at 3550 Route D in Defiance, approximately five miles west of Highway 94.  Shooters can keep informed about range happenings like Learn to Shoot Open House event by texting “MDC Busch” to 468311 and signing up for text alerts.