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 would 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 Education Outreach Coordinator at 573-522-4115, ext. 3295 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.

Effective Wingshooting Events

Register by July 17

Date: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Location: Southwest Regional Office

Are you frustrated each fall by missing birds on the wing? Join MDC staff to learn and discuss how to be a more effective wingshooter. Topics include shotguns, ammunition, shooting, and patterning, as well as reducing wounding rates and rules & regulations that pertain to wingshooting. This is a classroom presentation only – no firearms or live rounds are allowed.

Register by August 20

Date: Tuesday, August 21, 2018 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

This is an introduction course to duck hunting and how to have a successful hunt. Class will cover habitat, migration patterns, hunting opportunities, blinds, decoys, ammo, chokes, calls, waterfowl identification, basic calling, and more. This program will take place at the August A. Busch CA classrooms. Children ages 11-16 must be accompanied by an adult.