MDC's Busiek Area shooting range reopened to public

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OZARK, Mo. – The unstaffed shooting range at the Missouri Department of Conservation's (MDC) Busiek State Forest and Wildlife Area in Christian County has been reopened to the public.

Flooding in early July detached the foot bridge that connects the parking area with the range, making the shooting facility inaccessible to the public. The bridge has been repaired and reinstalled.

The Busiek Area range is one of a number of unstaffed shooting ranges MDC operates across the state. Other MDC unstaffed ranges in southwest Missouri that have firearm opportunities (some ranges are archery-only) can be found at Flag Spring Conservation Area (Barry County), Fort Crowder Conservation Area (Newton County), Lead Mine Conservation Area (Dallas County), and Pleasant Hope Conservation Area (Polk County). Users should keep in mind that these facilities are closed on Mondays for maintenance purposes.

A complete list of MDC's unstaffed shooting ranges in the state can be found at

In addition to these unstaffed facilities, the Andy Dalton Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center in Greene County is one of five staffed shooting ranges MDC operates in the state. Information about the Dalton Range can be found at