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The August A. Busch Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center in Defiance is holding two Shotgun Basics classes this March on Tuesday the 13th and Monday the 26th, both from 1-3 p.m.

Learn shotgun basics at one of MDC’s new Busch Shooting Range’s beginner classes March 13 and 26

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St. Louis
Feb 28, 2018

DEFIANCE, Mo.—Ever wanted to learn what the fun and excitement of shotgun shooting is all about?  The Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) new August A. Busch Shooting Range is offering not one, but two, chances to find out this March.

The Busch Range in Defiance is holding a pair of Shotgun Basics classes during March. The first is Tuesday, March 13, from 1-3 p.m., and the second is Monday, March 26, also from 1-3 p.m.

These are introductory courses to shotgun shooting aimed at offering beginners a comfortable first step into the sport. Classes will start with classroom instruction where students will learn fundamentals of shotgun shooting, including safety, actions, chokes, and stance. Next, participants will experience a hands-on experience as they head to the range for actual clay target shooting.

Both courses are free and open to ages 10 and up.  However, they are not recommended for students weighing less than 90 pounds due to considerations of safe shotgun handling.  Those 16 and under must also be accompanied by an adult.  MDC will provide all firearms, ammunition, clay targets, and safety equipment needed.  Students may also you bring their own shotgun and ammunition to the live-fire session.

Both classes are free, but advanced registration is required.  Register online for the March 13 class at, and for the March 26 class at

The new August A. Busch Shooting Range is located at 3550 Route D, approximately five miles west of Highway 94.  

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