MDC offers field archery courses near Fredericktown, Jackson, Piedmont

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will host Introduction to Field Archery in July near Fredericktown, Jackson and Piedmont. The workshop is designed to introduce anyone 10 years of age or older to archery basics in a woodland setting, and MDC is offering three opportunities to take the course. Participants will receive basic archery instruction then complete the field archery course with a certified instructor. 

The first opportunity is at Flatwoods Conservation Area (CA), four miles east of Piedmont, July 10. The second course is offered near Jackson at Maintz Wildlife Preserve, July 11. The third time the course will be offered, it will be at Millstream Gardens CA, near Fredericktown, July 12.

All three options are from 9 to 11:30 a.m.

“Archery is a great way to enjoy Missouri’s outdoors,” said Dee Dee Dockins, a MDC Outdoor Skills Specialist. “A basic understanding of equipment and technique can open up many opportunities to get out and discover nature.”

Dockins said archery is a sport nearly anyone can enjoy, regardless of athletic ability.

“It can be a great confidence booster, to learn and hone archery skills and see success as the arrows hit the target,” she said.

MDC offers this workshop at no cost to attendees and will provide all equipment necessary.  To attend, participants must register by July 6, online at