JEFFERSON?CITY?-- The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will be presenting workshops on using steel shot at five southeast locations from June 11th to June 15th. During each two hour workshop hunters can find out how to adapt their shooting techniques for maximum performance.
"Steel and other types of nontoxic shot are effective alternatives to lead," said MDC Hunter Education Coordinator Bryan Bethel. "In some ways, steel loads perform better than lead shot, but to get the best results, you have to understand how they produce different results and adjust your shooting habits accordingly.
The two hour workshops begin at 6 pm each evening on the following dates at these locations:
June 11- Cape Girardeau, Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center Campus
June 12- Portageville, Delta Research Center
June 13- Piedmont, Piedmont Community Center
June 14- Ste. Genevieve Community Center
June 15- Stoddard County, Otter Slough Conservation Area
The workshops were developed for the Cooperative North American Shotgunning Education Program. The curriculum is based on knowledge gained from exhaustive field research on all types of non toxic shot performance.
Topics to be covered include:
* Characteristics and performance of lead shot and nontoxic alternatives.
* Selecting the best loads and chokes for different types of hunting.
* Keys to effective shooting with nontoxic shot.
* Reducing waterfowl wounding loss.
* New developments in nontoxic shot.
* Shotguns and chokes that can safely handle nontoxic shot.
Conservation areas where nontoxic shot will be mandatory this year are: B. K. Leach Memorial, Black Island, Bob Brown, Columbia Bottom, Cooley Lake, Coon Island, Duck Creek, Eagle Bluffs, Fountain Grove, Four Rivers, Grand Pass, Little Bean Marsh, Little River, Marais Temps Clair, Montrose, Nodaway Valley, Otter Slough, Schell-Osage, Settle's Ford and Ten Mile Pond.
For more information contact Dee Dee Dockins, 573/290-5858, ext. 235.