Public input key to developing and maintaining shooting ranges in future.

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is partnering with the Missouri 4-H Foundation to begin seeking input on the available services and usage of MDC’s unstaffed shooting ranges across the state.

Missouri is a national leader in providing free, publicly owned shooting ranges, with MDC maintaining 70 unstaffed ranges. MDC is partnering with the Missouri 4-H Foundation for a yearlong survey in which 4-H staff will ask range shooters to participate in a brief exit survey that includes a series of questions about their experience using the ranges. Participation in the survey is completely voluntary.

“The mission of the Missouri Department of Conservation’s range program is to provide a safe place to practice shooting and archery skills for Missouri citizens,” said MDC hunting education and shooting range coordinator Kyle Lairmore. “The survey will assist the department with a better understanding of the needs of citizens using the ranges so we can consider them in our long-term shooting range plan.”

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