Flood damage closes Busiek Area shooting range

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OZARK, Mo. – Flood damage caused by recent rains has forced the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) to temporarily close the unstaffed shooting range at the Busiek State Forest and Wildlife Area in Christian County. Flooding detached the foot bridge that connects the parking area with the range, making the shooting facility inaccessible. It's uncertain how long the range will be closed. Weather permitting, MDC staff is hoping the bridge can be repaired and re-installed and the range re-opened in the weeks ahead.

The Busiek Area range is one of a number of unstaffed shooting ranges MDC operates across the state. Other MDC unstaffed ranges in southwest Missouri that have firearm opportunities (some ranges are archery-only) can be found at Flag Spring Conservation Area (Barry County), Fort Crowder Conservation Area (Newton County), Lead Mine Conservation Area (Dallas County), and Pleasant Hope Conservation Area (Polk County). A complete list of MDC's unstaffed shooting ranges in the state can be found at mdc.mo.gov/node/4460.

In addition to these unstaffed facilities, the Andy Dalton Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center in Greene County is one of five staffed shooting ranges MDC operates in the state. Information about the Dalton Range can be found at mdc.mo.gov/node/288.