MDC hosts Effective Wing Shooting Clinic in West Plains

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WEST PLAINS, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) announces an Effective Wing Shooting Clinic from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 19, at the MDC's West Plains Regional Office at 551 Joe Jones Boulevard.

Larry Lindeman, an MDC outdoor skills specialist, said the clinic is designed for experienced shotgun shooters and is not appropriate for beginners.

"The overall goal of this program is to prevent wounding loss by having the hunter improve abilities to estimate the appropriate distance between the game and the range of the firearm," Lindeman said. He added that considerations are made for the load used and improving overall shooting skills.

"Missouri is a great place to hunt and our hunters want to be the best," Lindeman said. "This clinic helps them meet that goal."

Lindeman said the clinic will begin with a presentation at the Regional Office before the group will relocate to White Ranch Shooting Range to complete the workshop. He said participants should expect skills tests, one-on-one instruction, distance estimation exercises and shotgun patterning.

Pre-registration is required for the event by Wednesday, Sept. 16. Participants will need to bring their own shotguns and a sack lunch. Only 12 and 20 gauge shotgun ammunition will be provided and fixed chokes or choke tubes no tighter than modified are suggested.

For additional information please contact Larry Lindeman (417) 256-7161 extension 230, or email him at

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