MDC’s Jay Henges shooting range remains closed for repairs until late summer

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HIGH RIDGE, Mo. — The Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) Jay Henges Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center has extended the closure of its rifle/pistol range to perform necessary repairs to its bullet trap. 

MDC is currently engaged in an active search for a repair contractor, which by state law must include a competitive bid/selection process.  Repairs will be completed as soon as a contractor has been designated through this process.  MDC anticipates the range to be re-opened late summer. The primary goal is to achieve a safe and long-lasting repair at the shooting range facility.

The remainder of Jay Henge’s facilities, including the shotgun trap fields, patterning board, static archery range and outdoor education center building, continue to remain open for normal operating hours and public programs.

Those interested in the latest updates can connect with the Jay Henges Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center by subscribing to text alerts.  By texting the word “MDC Henges” to 468311, subscribers will receive the latest updates on the repair and information on range programs.

Shooters looking for alternative staffed ranges may also visit the new August A. Busch Shooting Range in Defiance, located at 3550 Route D, approximately five miles west of Highway 94. 

MDC also offers shooting opportunities at a number of unstaffed ranges in the St. Louis region, including:

  • Reifsnider State Forest east of Warrenton on Route M in Warren County
  • William R. Logan Conservation Area off State Highway E, northeast of the town of Silex in Lincoln County
  • Little Indian Creek Conservation Area off Highway A in Washington County, southeast of Sullivan
  • Huzzah Conservation Area off Highway E in Crawford County, north of Steelville

Additional information on MDC shooting ranges can be found at

Shooters can find still more range options on the National Shooting Sports Foundation’s website by going to