MDC invites public to learn about rifle basics on July 24

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ASH GROVE, Mo. – Learning the fundamentals of shooting and caring for a rifle is important whether you’re a hunter or a recreational shooter.

People can learn more about the operation and care of a rifle July 24 at the free Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) program “Learning to Shoot Rifle – Beginning Level.” This program will be from 8:30-11:30 a.m. at MDC’s Andy Dalton Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center. The program will also include a virtual option. The Dalton Range is located near Ash Grove at 4897 N. Greene County Farm Road 61.

Topics that will be covered in the course by MDC Outdoor Education Center Specialist Ali Underwood will include rifle safety, operation, shooting fundamentals, firearm maintenance, and safe storage. COVID-19 procedures will be in place for the in-person portion of this workshop. This program is for all ages.

Those wishing to attend in-person can register for this program at:

Those wishing to participate in this program virtually can register at

The in-person portion of the class will feature a live-fire session on the shooting range. Dalton Range staff will provide .22 rifles and ammunition or participants can bring their own unloaded .22 to the program. (The classroom portion of the program will cover all rifles, but only .22 rifles will be shot during the live-fire session.) Participants who plan to use their own ammunition should bring a minimum of 50 rounds of new ammunition. People who bring their own rifles 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.

Program registrants should note that they now have the option to link their children’s accounts to their own, which will streamline the program registration process. Once a group account is set up, parents will be able to register their children for an event without having to log-off or log-in for each person. This allows parents to register an entire family or select family members for an event at the same time.

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

Staff at MDC facilities across the state are holding virtual programs. A listing of these programs can be found at