MDC to host women’s shooting academy in Columbia this June

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COLUMBIA, Mo. –The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will host a Discover Nature – Women’s Basic Shooting Academy this summer.  The academy will consist of a classroom session followed by two mentored shooting sessions. 

MDC invites women ages 18 or older, or girls ages 14 and older if accompanied by an adult, to attend this exciting and educational experience.  At this special shooting academy, participants will learn the basics of firearms safety, shooting techniques, equipment, target shooting, hunting, and more. 

“This shooting academy will provide women a great opportunity to learn useful techniques and gain experience with firearms in a safe setting,” said MDC Outdoor Skills Specialist Brian Flowers. “We’ll introduce women to new ways of enjoying nature, and leave them with the knowledge and confidence to help them continue shooting on their own.”   

The classroom session on June 1 will take place 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the MDC Central Region Office, 3500 E. Gans Road, in Columbia.  The mentored shooting sessions will take place at local shooting ranges, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. on June 8 and 15. 

MDC offers this educational opportunity for no cost to participants, and all equipment and supplies will be provided.

To attend the shooting academy, participants must preregister by May 20 by contacting Flowers at (573) 815-7901, ext. 3388, or