MDC offers effective wingshooting workshops in Kirksville and Hannibal areas

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Kirksville, MO. - The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) invites migratory and upland bird hunters to Discover Nature at “Effective Wingshooting for the Hunter” workshops at locations serving the Kirksville and Hannibal areas. The workshops are free and will help migratory and upland bird hunters improve their wingshooting skills, including effective use of shotgun shells with non-toxic alternatives to lead shot, such as steel shot.

The workshop will be offered from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 29 at the MDC Northeast Regional office in Kirksville, 3500 South Baltimore. Pre-registration is required. To register, call 660-785-2420, ext. 6507 or send an e-mail to

In the Hannibal area, the workshop will be offered from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Oct. 6 at the Salt River Gun Club, 12957 HWY 61 South, New London. For information or to pre-register call 660-785-2420, ext. 6507 or send an e-mail to

“This workshop is an excellent opportunity for hunters to become more proficient when using non-toxic shot,” said MDC Outdoor Skills Specialist Rob Garver. “With this training, Missouri's wingshooters can become more efficient hunters, taking fewer marginal shots and reducing the numbers of wounded game.”

Participants will learn how to select the best ammunition and choke for game birds and hunting conditions, how to sharpen shotgun shooting skills, improving range and target distance estimation and how to properly pattern a shotgun. Hunters should bring their shotguns, choke tubes and non-toxic ammunition if they wish to pattern their guns or practice skills. Also, they will need to bring eye and ear protection for use on a shooting range, a stool or chair and a sack lunch. Clay targets and non-toxic 12 and 20 gauge practice ammunition will be available.