Learn basics of muzzleloaders at Nov. 21 MDC program at Dalton Shooting Range

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ASH GROVE, Mo. – Muzzleloading rifles are becoming increasingly popular with hunters and recreational shooters.

People interested in learning the basics of shooting and caring for modern in-line muzzleloading rifles should sign up for the Nov. 21 Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) program “Learning to Shoot: Muzzleloader – Beginner Level” at MDC’s Andy Dalton Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center. This free program will be from 2-4 p.m. and will include a classroom portion and a hands-on session at the shooting range. People can register for this program at:


At the Nov. 21 program, MDC Assistant Outdoor Education Center Manager Steve Govero will discuss the basics of shooting and maintaining a modern in-line muzzleloading rifle – which is one of the most popular types of muzzleloading firearms. Topics he will cover will include loading, shooting, cleaning, and storage.

Participants can use muzzleloaders provided by Dalton Range staff or they can bring their own in-line muzzleloading rifles. Participants who bring their firearms will be required to leave all firearms in their vehicles until the classroom portion ends and they proceed down range to shoot. There should be no live ammunition or uncased firearms inside the classroom. This includes concealed carry handguns and magazines. COVID-19 procedures will be in place for this class.

Though this program is free, registration is required to participate using the link above. Program registrants should note that they now have the option to link their children’s accounts to their own, which will streamline the program registration process. Once a group account is set up, parents will be able to register their children for an event without having to log-off or log-in for each person. This allows parents to register an entire family or select family members for an event at the same time.

MDC’s Andy Dalton Range and Outdoor Education Center is located at 4897 N. Greene County Farm Road 61. For more information about the Sept. 18 program or other upcoming events at the Dalton Range, people can call 417-742-4361.

Staff at MDC facilities across the state are holding in-person and virtual programs. A listing of these programs can be found at mdc.mo.gov/events.