MDC offers free series of classes on hunting and firearms at Dalton Range

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Hunting is a great way to develop an appreciation for wildlife and our outdoor resources but, if you’ve never done it before, you can’t just grab a gun and head outside. Learning the techniques of handling a firearm and the methods of hunting various types of game can make a big difference between having a successful hunt and a long, frustrating day in the woods.

Beginning in January, the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will offer two series of classes – “Learn to Hunt” and “Learn to Shoot” – which are designed to help people learn to be safe and successful hunters. These classes will be taught at MDC’s Andy Dalton Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center, located at 4897 N. Greene County Farm Road 61 near Ash Grove.

The hunting portion of these classes will start with “Learning to Hunt – Getting Started.” This program will be 8:30-11:30 a.m. on Jan. 11. Topics covered in this course will include what kind of social time and the financial commitment an individual has to be ready to make to hunt safe and successfully. People can register for this class at:

The shooting portion of these classes starts with “Learning to Shoot – Selecting the Right Firearm.” This program will be 8:30-11:30 a.m. on Jan. 18. Topics covered in this course include an introduction to various types of firearms, their actions, rules for safe gun handling, maintenance, cleaning, and safe storage. People can register for this class at:

Other “Learn to Hunt” and “Learn to Shoot” courses will be taught in upcoming months in 2020. The hunting courses will cover the hunting experience from preparatory topics such as clothing and equipment selections and scouting to post-hunting topics like game-cleaning and food preparation. Upcoming shooting courses will include information on rifle, shotgun, pistol and archery usage.

For more information about these programs, contact MDC’s Andy Dalton Range and Outdoor Education Center at 417-742-4361.