Kansas City, Mo. – Dove and teal hunting seasons are approaching, and other gamebird seasons will follow as autumn arrives. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will offer two free Effective Wingshooting classes in the Kansas City region that can help hunters improve their success afield. Experts will teach good shotgun handling techniques and ballistics information about non-toxic shotgun ammunition.
One class will be held from 8 a.m. to 12 noon on Saturday, Aug. 3, at MDC’s Lake City Shooting Range in Jackson County, 28505 E. Truman Road, Buckner, Mo. A second class will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 10, at the University of Central Missouri Shooting Range in Johnson County, 454 E. Division Road, Warrensburg, Mo.
“We can show you what it takes to trouble shoot some of the things you are going through,” said Mark Miller, MDC outdoor skills specialist. “We’ll teach you how to mount a shotgun to your shoulder and how to swing on flying gamebirds. We teach the swing-through method.”
Besides shotgun techniques, instructors will discuss hunting with non-toxic shotgun shells such as steel shot. Participants will learn what shot sizes and powder loads are effective at various distances for game such as doves, quail, and waterfowl. Trap shooting will be part of the class so instructors can help participants with shotgun techniques. Still targets will also be set up for learning what shot patterns are created by various shotshells and chokes.
This class can help both experienced and novice hunters enjoy fewer misses and harvest more game. The class at Lake City is open to participants age 12 and older, and the class at Warrensburg is for participants age 15 and older. Participants should have basic shooting experience and know how to work a shotgun before taking the class. They may bring their own shotguns, and their hunting ammunition for use in testing shot patterns. MDC will provide ammunition for trap shooting.
To register for the class at the Lake City Shooting Range, visit https://short.mdc.mo.gov/ZYF. To register for the class at the University of Central Missouri Shooting Range, visit https://short.mdc.mo.gov/ZYt.
For more information about MDC education programs and hunting in Missouri, visit http://mdc.mo.gov.