The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will offer free “Effective Wingshooting for the Hunter” workshops at locations serving the Kirksville and Hannibal areas. The workshops will help migratory and upland bird hunters improve their skills, including effective use of shotgun shells with non-toxic alternatives to lead shot, such as steel shot.
Pre-registration is required. To register, call 660-785-2420, ext. 6507 or send an e-mail to Rob.Garver@mdc.mo.gov.
In the Hannibal area, the workshop will be offered from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Oct. 6 at the Salt River Gun Club, 12957 U.S. 61 South, New London.
The workshop also will be offered from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 29 at the MDC Northeast Regional office in Kirksville, 3500 South Baltimore.
This workshop is an excellent opportunity for hunters to become more proficient when using non-toxic shot, said MDC Outdoor Skills Specialist Rob Garver. He added that the training will help them become more efficient hunters, taking fewer marginal shots and reducing the numbers of wounded game.
Participants will learn how to select the best ammunition and choke for game birds and hunting conditions, how to sharpen shotgun shooting skills, improving range and target distance estimation and how to properly pattern a shotgun. Hunters can bring their shotguns, choke tubes and non-toxic ammunition if they wish to pattern their guns or practice skills. Also, they will need to bring eye and ear protection for use on a shooting range, a stool or chair and a sack lunch. Clay targets and non-toxic 12 and 20 gauge practice ammunition will be available.