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 June 21

Date: Saturday, June 22, 2019 - 9:00am to 2:00pm

Location: MDC Northeast Regional Office

This is a free workshop that will help migratory and upland bird hunters improve their hunting skills with non-toxic shot. Topics include: how to select the best ammunition and choke combination for hunting, how to improve your shooting skills, general information on the latest non-toxic shotgun ammunition, how to improve your range & distance estimation skills, and how to properly pattern your shotgun.

Free steel practice shot and clay targets provided

MDC provides 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.

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.

Register by July 15

Date: Tuesday, July 16, 2019 - 5:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: Jay Henges Shooting Range

The Missouri Department of Conservation has a new regulation that now requires hunters at certain conservation areas to use non-toxic shotshells while hunting for doves and various other game species. This class was originally designed to help hunters become more efficient and ethical harvesters of waterfowl while using nontoxic ammunition. Instructors will teach participants how to choose the correct choke, load, and shot size for different game, how to estimate shooting distances, and how to effectively lead their target. For more information on the nontoxic shot regulation you can visit https://huntfish.mdc.mo.gov/hunting-trapping/regulations/nontoxic-shot-r...

Register by July 19

Date: Saturday, July 20, 2019 - 8:30am to 11:30am

Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

MDC has a new regulation that now requires hunters at certain areas must use non-toxic shotshells while hunting for doves. Bois D' Arc CA is one of the newly added areas so in an attempt to assist hunters be more successful with their harvest this September we are hosting a program that teaches hunters how to shoot steel shot. This comprehensive program will teach you how to pattern test your equipment and how to make better shots which reduces wounding and increases harvest rates. For more information about this program please call 417-742-4361.

Register by August 1

Date: Saturday, August 3, 2019 - 8:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Lake City Shooting Range

Would you like to improve your wing shooting skills using non-toxic shot? Join us in learning the proper way to select the best ammunition and choke combination for different migratory and upland game bird hunting. We will discuss the latest technology on non-toxic shotgun ammunition, how to judge distances and properly pattern your shotgun.

Register by August 23

Date: Tuesday, August 27, 2019 - 5:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

The Missouri Department of Conservation has a new regulation that now requires hunters at certain conservation areas to use non-toxic shotshells while hunting for doves and various other game species. This class was originally designed to help hunters become more efficient and ethical harvesters of waterfowl while using nontoxic ammunition. Instructors will teach participants how to choose the correct choke, load, and shot size for different game, how to estimate shooting distances, and how to effectively lead their target. For more information on the nontoxic shot regulation you can visit https://huntfish.mdc.mo.gov/hunting-trapping/regulations/nontoxic-shot-r...