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: Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center

Date: Aug 06, 2015 06:00 pm - Aug 06, 2015 09:00 pm

This class will be in two sessions for experienced shotgun hunter ages 15 and up. Learn about nontoxic shot options and improve your shooting techniques. This class is based on extensive study and field experience. We will discuss the performance differences between lead shot and non-toxic shot Please plan to attend both August 6 and August 8. But make sure to bring your shotgun for the Saturday session only, along with all of your shotgun chokes and any ammo you would like to pattern. All other 12 and 20 gauge ammo will be provided along with targets. For more information or to register, please call 417-629-3423.

Reserve by Aug 04, 2015

Location: Charles Green Conservation Area 5611 E. Minor Hill Rd. Ashland, MO 65010

Date: Aug 10, 2015 05:30 pm - Aug 11, 2015 09:30 pm

Participants must attend both sessions.
Register before August 7th. At the following link:
http://goo.gl/forms/QQ2L6HechD
or by Calling (573) 815-7901 ext. 3388.

Join the staff of the Missouri Department of Conservation for this premier wing shooting program. Learn about wounding rates in waterfowl and performance differences of non-toxic vs. lead shot. Also, improve your wing shooting and distance estimation skills. You will learn the latest in shotgun patterning and how to pick the best load for your gun.

All participants should bring their hunting shotgun with multiple chokes. All non-toxic ammunition will be provided.

Discover Nature programs are designed to help Missourians explore nature & master outdoor skills together. This program is open to adults age 18 or over.

Reserve by Aug 06, 2015

Location: Jay Henges Shooting Range

Date: Aug 22, 2015 08:00 am - Aug 22, 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 Aug 19, 2015

Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center

Date: Aug 22, 2015 08:30 am - Aug 22, 2015 03:00 pm

(Experienced shotgun hunters ages 15 and up) Now is the time to start practicing and getting ready for those seasons coming up in about 3 short months. This program is designed to teach hunters to be more proficient for birds like dove, quail, pheasants, 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, and distance estimation skills. Participants need to 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 call 417-742-4361 or send an email to DaltonRange@mdc.mo.gov

Reserve by Aug 21, 2015

Location: St. Joseph Regional Office

Date: Aug 25, 2015 06:00 pm - Aug 26, 2015 09:00 pm

Tuesday, August 25th from 6:00 pm. - 9:30 pm. and Wednesday, August 26th from 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm. Must attend both sessions.

Free workshop that will help migratory and upland bird hunters improve their hunting skills with non-toxic shot.

Participation is limited so pre-registration is required! To register call 816/271-3100.

Reserve by Aug 20, 2015

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

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