HIGH RIDGE, Mo.—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.
The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is offering an effective wingshooting class Tuesday, July 16 from 5 p.m.-9 p.m. at the Jay Henges Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center in High Ridge. 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 shot shell ammunition selection for hunting, and shotgun patterning. The objective of the class is to help migratory and upland bird hunters improve their hunting skills using non-toxic shot. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service requires the use of non-toxic shot on waterfowl hunting areas and use of non-toxic shot is also mandatory on many MDC areas.
Instructors will teach participants how to choose the correct choke, load, and shot size for different game, how to estimate shooting distances, and how to effectively lead their target. The class will also address shotgun patterning.
Participants will have the chance to practice shooting skills and technique, so they should bring their own hunting shotgun and choke tubes, if applicable, plus eye/ear protection. MDC will supply the non-toxic ammunition.
The effective wingshooting class is free; however, advanced online registration is required at https://tinyurl.com/y4vzdpeg.
The Jay Henges Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center, is located at 1100 Antire Road, just off I-44, exit 269 in High Ridge.