DEFIANCE, Mo. — The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) has a new regulation that now requires hunters to use non-toxic ammunition while hunting for doves and other game species on many conservation areas. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service requires the use of non-toxic ammo on waterfowl hunting areas as well.
To help migratory and upland bird hunters improve their hunting skills using non-toxic ammunition, MDC is offering an effective wingshooting class Tuesday, Aug. 27 from 5 p.m.—9 p.m. It will be held at the August A. Busch Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center in Defiance. The class is designed to help prepare hunters for the upland bird and waterfowl hunting seasons ahead.
This basic program includes an introduction to wingshooting fundamentals, non-toxic ammo selection for hunting, shotgun patterning, and distance estimation.
Proper wingshooting technique and understanding ammunition characteristics are both crucial to successful migratory and upland game bird hunting. They’re also critical to reduce the unwanted wounding of birds.
Participants will have the chance to practice shooting skills and technique. MDC will provide firearms, ammunition, and safety equipment at no charge. Participants can also bring and use their own shotgun and choke approved for use with nontoxic ammunition.
The effective wingshooting class is free; however, advanced online registration is required at https://tinyurl.com/yyl7wc97. The class is open to ages 11 and up, however participants under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
The August A. Busch Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center is located at 3550 Route D in Defiance, approximately five miles west of Highway 94.
For more information on the nontoxic ammunition regulation visit https://tinyurl.com/y4v7kt6o.