Connect with nature during free programs offered in MDC’s Central Region

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COLUMBIA, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) encourages the public to learn about fishing and improve their shooting skills during upcoming programs offered in the Central Region.

All programs require advanced registration and space is limited.

Upcoming programs include:

  • Fishing Skills: Lure Painting and Some Fishing

Thursday, May 26 from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.

MDC Commission Headquarters in Jefferson City

Fishing is a fun, exciting, and great way to get outdoors! And wouldn’t it be awesome if we could use our own lure to do it? Join us for an opportunity to paint your own fishing lure any color you’d like, or even paint two or three! While we let the paint dry, we will head out to the kid’s pond and spend time fishing for sunfish, bass, and catfish.

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  • Shotgun: Women’s Shotgun

Monday, June 6 from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Prairie Grove Shotgun Sports in Columbia

This program is designed for women and will teach them the fundamentals of shotgun shooting. This class includes equipment, safety, stance, and shooting techniques. The event will begin in the classroom, then move to the shotgun range. Shotguns and ammunition will be available, but participants may bring their own firearm and ammunition.

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  • Fishing Event: Pond to Plate

Thursday, June 9 from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Cosmo-Bethel Lake in Columbia

Come join us for an evening all about fish! Participants will do some hands-on fishing, and later head to the pavilion to learn how to clean, fillet, and fry up some fish. All attendees will then enjoy a fried fish dinner.

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  • Rifle: Family .22 Caliber Rifle/Pistol Shoot

Tuesday, June 14 from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Rocky Fork Lakes Conservation Area in Hallsville

This program is designed as a basic course to provide families an opportunity to become familiar with shooting. It is required to register each member of your family. We will provide .22 caliber handguns, rifles, and ammunition. Participants may also bring their own. There will be a brief class covering safety, parts of a firearm, and fundamentals of marksmanship.

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Families now have the option to link their children’s accounts to their own accounts, which will streamline the program registration process. Once a group account is set up, parents can register their children to an event without having to log-off and log-in for each individual. This option allows parents to register their entire family or select family members to an event at the same time. First, users will log into their account and click “My Group Profile,” then add family members to their account. Setting up a group account today can make program registration quicker and easier for all MDC events.

For more information about events offered in MDC’s Central Region, visit