MDC hosting basic firearm shooting class for women in Kirksville

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KIRKSVILLE, Mo. — The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) invites women to get a hands-on, outdoors' skills lesson in basic firearm shooting. The mandatory classroom session will take place on Monday, May 25, from 5:30 to 7:30 at the MDC Northeast Regional office, 3500 S. Baltimore in Kirksville. A mentored shooting practice will take place for all participants the following evening, Tuesday, May 26, beginning at 5:30 p.m. at Sugar Creek Conservation Area (CA) shooting range in Adair County. The class is free, but registration by May 22 is required.

MDC staff and trained firearms instructors will be on hand to help attendees' learn the basics of rifle and shotgun shooting. All firearms, ammunition and targets will be provided. The event is limited to 30 women.

"This class will be a great introduction to shooting rifles and shotguns for the novice or someone who hasn't shot for a while and wants to brush up on their skills," said MDC Outdoor Skills Specialist Rob Garver. "Once you know how to safely and properly use a firearm, recreational target shooting can be a fun and safe activity for individuals of all ages."

Attendees should dress for the weather (no open toe sandals), bring a hat, and a water bottle.

The class is open to women 14 and older; 14-to-17 year olds must be accompanied by an adult. To register or for more information, contact Garver at or 660-785-2420.

Sugar Creek CA is located four miles southwest of Kirksville. From Kirksville, take Highway 11 west 4 miles, then Route N south 0.25 miles to the area.

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