Learn the basics of shotguns at Oct. 17 MDC program

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ASH GROVE, Mo. – Whether you’re a hunter or a recreational shooter, learning the fundamentals of operating and maintaining a shotgun is important.

People can learn more about shooting a shotgun and taking care of it Oct. 17 at the free Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) program “Learning to Shoot Shotguns – Beginning Level.” This program will be from 2-4 p.m. at MDC’s Andy Dalton Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center. The clinic will include classroom and hands-on shooting opportunities.

Topics that will be covered in the course by MDC Outdoor Education Center Specialist Keith DeBow will include shotgun safety, operation, shooting fundamentals, firearm maintenance, and safe storage. COVID-19 procedures will be in place during this workshop.

This program is for all ages. People can register for this event at:


Dalton Range staff will provide 20-gauge shotguns and ammunition or participants can bring their own unloaded gun to the program. Participants who plan to use their own ammunition should bring a minimum of 50 rounds of new ammunition in the gauge of their gun. People who bring their own shotguns should leave all firearms (including concealed carry handguns) in their vehicles until the classroom portion of the program is finished and individuals are ready to move to the shooting range. There should be no live ammunition or uncased firearms inside the classroom.

MDC’s Andy Dalton Range is located near Ash Grove at 4897 N. Greene County Farm Road 61. To get more information on this program or other range events, call the Andy Dalton Range at 417-742-4361 or e-mail daltonrange@mdc.mo.gov.

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