MDC invites women to beginner shooting clinic series in Columbia

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COLUMBIA, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) invites women to attend a free series of shooting clinics for beginners. The three-part series will consist of one night of classroom instruction and two nights of shooting on the range. Trained MDC staff will offer instruction on the basics of firearms safety and shooting rifles, handguns, and shotguns.

The classroom portion will take place 6 – 8 p.m. on June 5 at the MDC Central Regional Office at 3500 E. Gans Road in Columbia. Evenings on the shooting range will follow, 6 – 8 p.m., on June 12 and June 19. Participants must attend the classroom portion to participate in the range practice portions.

“The Women’s Shooting Series is a great way to gain confidence and become comfortable with a variety of firearms,” said MDC Conservation Educator Emily Porter. “Whether interested in hunting, shooting sports, or just to become knowledgeable with firearms, this series is a great place for beginners to start.”

This program is free and open to girls and women ages 15-years and older. Participants younger than 18-years old must be accompanied by a registered parent or guardian. All equipment, including firearms, ammunition, eye and ear protection will be provided.

Space is limited and participants must register for this free workshop by visiting

For more information about this event, contact Porter at (573) 815-7901, ext. 2964, or