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August A. Busch Shooting Range
MDC will temporarily close the rifle/pistol ranges at August. A. Busch Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center in Defiance beginning May 13 to enable work crews to complete a maintenance project. They are expected to reopen in two weeks, depending on weather conditions. Shotgun fields and archery facilities will remain open.

Busch Shooting Range to temporarily close rifle/pistol ranges for maintenance project starting May 13

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St. Louis
Apr 15, 2019

DEFIANCE, Mo.— The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will temporarily close the rifle/pistol ranges at the August. A. Busch Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center beginning Monday, May 13 to enable work crews to complete a maintenance project.

The length of the closure is estimated to be two weeks, depending on weather conditions, and the rifle/pistol ranges will reopen as soon as the work is complete. MDC crews will be working extended hours to expedite the maintenance work. During this time, the shotgun fields and archery facilities will remain open for public use.

MDC also offers shooting opportunities at several unstaffed ranges in the St. Louis region, including:

  • Reifsnider State Forest east of Warrenton on Route M in Warren County
  • William R. Logan Conservation Area off State Highway E, northeast of the town of Silex in Lincoln County
  • Little Indian Creek Conservation Area off Highway A in Washington County, southeast of Sullivan
  • Huzzah Conservation Area off Highway E in Crawford County, north of Steelville

Additional information on MDC shooting ranges can be found at mdc.mo.gov/shootingranges.

Shooters can find still more range options on the National Shooting Sports Foundation’s website by going to http://wheretoshoot.org.

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 by texting “MDC Busch” to 468311 and signing up for text alerts.

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