Effective Wingshooting Workshops

What you'll learn

  • Improving shotgun skills
  • Pattern-testing procedures
  • Best loads and choke combinations for waterfowl or upland gamebird hunting
  • Estimating range and distance
  • Game recovery strategies
  • Increasing harvest rates
  • Benefits of nontoxic shot
  • Matching nontoxic shot shells with appropriate shotguns and chokes.

Free steel practice shot and clay targets provided

We provide free 12- and 20-gauge nontoxic practice ammunition to participants. Besides being nontoxic, steel shot is the cheapest nontoxic shot, (many times cheaper than even lead), holds the tightest patterns and has the shortest shot strings. If you can learn to shoot steel shot effectively, you can be more effective with any other shot. We provide free clay targets, too.

What to bring

You must have some understanding of waterfowl or upland game bird hunting, shotgun shooting, chokes and ammunition.
Bring the following:

  • Your shotgun
  • Choke tubes (if applicable)
  • Any other nontoxic shotgun ammunition you'd like to pattern test
  • Eye and ear protection
  • Stool or chair
  • Snack, lunch and beverage.

Host a workshop

Would your club or organization like to host one of these free workshops for your members and the public? Contact the Hunter Education Coordinator’s office at 573-522-4115 to set up a workshop.

Ready to register? Check the events calendar below

Workshops are offered at various locations statewide throughout the year. Call 573-522-4115, ext. 3295 to find out when a workshop will be offered in your area.

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Effective Wingshooting Events

Location: Ted Shanks Conservation HQ

Date: Sep 12, 2015 12:30 pm - Sep 12, 2015 06:00 pm

This is a free workshop that will help migratory and upland bird hunters improve their hunting skills with non-toxic shot. Topics: how to select the best ammunition and choke combination for hunting, improve your shooting skills, general information on the latest non-toxic shotgun ammunition, improve your range & distance estimation skills, and properly pattern your shotgun. Participants should bring their hunting shotgun & choke tubes, non-toxic shotgun ammunition they wish to pattern, eye/ear protection, a stool or chair. Clay targets, 12 & 20 gauge ammunition will be provided.

Reserve by Sep 03, 2015

Location: Jay Henges Shooting Range

Date: Sep 19, 2015 08:00 am - Sep 19, 2015 05:00 pm

(EXPERIENCED SHOTGUN HUNTERS ages 14 and up)
The wingshooting seasons are upon us and are you ready? This intermediate program is designed to teach hunters to be more proficient for birds like dove, quail, pheasants, migratory birds, waterfowl and even turkeys. Participants will learn about wounding rates, performance differences of steel and lead shot shells, how to improve your wingshooting (put more birds in the bag), and distance estimation skills. 12 and 20 gauge non-toxic/steel ammunition is provided FREE of charge. Participants must bring their own shotgun, choke tubes, and some of your normal non-toxic hunting ammo (for patterning.) Anyone under age 16 must be accompanied by an adult. To register call (636) 938-9548 ext 0 or email Henges.Range@mdc.mo.gov Recommend attendees bring a folding chair, sunblock, sack lunch, snacks and drink. Water will be provided.

Reserve by Sep 17, 2015

Location: UCM Shooting Range

Date: Sep 19, 2015 09:00 am - Sep 19, 2015 02:00 pm

Effective Wingshooting for the Hunter is an advanced level clinic designed to decrease wounding loss with steel, and other non-toxic shot. Participants need to bring their own shotgun, and choke tubes other than full.
Range Address: 454 SE Division St. Warrensburg,64093
Refreshments Provided
Lunch on your own.
Register @ 660-530-5500 (Limited to 20)

Reserve by Sep 13, 2015

Location: Lake City Range

Date: Oct 02, 2015 06:00 pm - Oct 02, 2015 09:30 pm

Registration required. This is a 2 day course! (Experienced shotgun hunters ages 15+) Now is the time to start practicing and getting ready for those seasons coming up in a few short months. This program is designed to teach hunters to be more proficient for birds like dove, quail, pheasant, turkey, migratory and waterfowl. Participants will learn about wounding rates in waterfowl, performance differences of steel and lead shot shells, how to improve your wingshooting skills, and distance estimation skills. Participants must bring their own shotgun and choke tubes and any hunting ammunition they need to pattern test for performance. 12 and 20 gauge non-toxic/steel ammunition is provided FREE of charge. To register or for questions, call 816-249-3194.

Reserve by Sep 26, 2015

Location: Lake City Range

Date: Oct 03, 2015 08:00 am - Oct 03, 2015 11:30 am

This is DAY 2 for this course. Original registration is for both days. For questions, call 816-249-3194.

Reserve by Sep 26, 2015

Location: Lake Show-Me Memphis

Date: Oct 03, 2015 09:00 am - Oct 03, 2015 03:00 pm

This is a free workshop that will help migratory and upland bird hunters improve their hunting skills with non-toxic shot. Topics: how to select the best ammunition and choke combination for hunting, improve your shooting skills, general information on the latest non-toxic shotgun ammunition, improve your range & distance estimation skills, and properly pattern your shotgun. Participants should bring their hunting shotgun & choke tubes, non-toxic shotgun ammunition they wish to pattern, eye/ear protection, a stool or chair. Clay targets, 12 & 20 gauge ammunition will be provided.

Reserve by Sep 24, 2015

Location: Duck Creek Conservation Area

Date: Oct 17, 2015 08:00 am - Oct 17, 2015 04:00 pm

(EXPERIENCED SHOTGUN HUNTERS AGE 15 AND UP) The wingshooting seasons are just right around the corner. Are you ready? This intermediate program is designed to elevate the skills and knowledge of seasoned hunters. Participants will hear from experts on current wounding loss, ballistic properties of non toxic shot, wingshooting, gun fit, and much more. Shooters will enjoy a full day of shooting FREE of charge. Participants must bring their own shotgun and chokes. Anyone under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. To register, please call the Southeast Regional Office at 573-290-5730. Reservations begin 7/22.

Reserve by Oct 08, 2015