Lake City Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center is offering the following programs. The Center is at 28505 E. Truman Road in Buckner. Registration is required, call 816-249-3194 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, visit www.mdc.mo.gov/lakecity.
• Basic Pistol, for ages 18 and older, 8 to 11:30 a.m. April 1. This is a novice class for people who have little or no experience in handling and shooting a handgun. Topics covered include safety in the home, types of handguns, different parts of the handgun, variety of calibers, ammunition and marksmanship. Class includes range time.
• Basic Shotgun, for ages 12 and older, 9 to 11:30 a.m. April 2. This is an introduction to shotgun class which will focus on the safe handling of firearms, types of actions, gauges, shotshell construction and chokes. Shooting stance, proper shoulder mounting and fit will also be discussed. There will be range time to try out these new shooting techniques.
• Introduction to Turkey Hunting, for all ages, 5 to 9:30 p.m. April 6. This class is for the novice turkey hunter who wants to know more about hunting the elusive eastern wild turkey. We will discuss how to scout for turkeys, where they roost, use of blinds and decoys and patterning your shotgun properly. There will be range time so bring your shotgun and favorite turkey load.
• Lake City Rendezvous, for all ages, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 22. Re-enactors from the mountains and the plains will rendezvous to celebrate the early 1800s. Hunters and trappers will swap yarns while trading and selling pelts. Black powder enthusiasts will pour powder and check hammer flints for friendly shooting matches with rifles, pistols and shotguns. Rain or shine, campers will pitch canvas and set up cooking fires to take visitors back in time. Blacksmiths will use heat, honed skills and brute force to shape iron into useful tools. Events planned include axe and knife throwing, atlatl, archery, knife making, traders, wild edibles, trapping demonstrations, flint knapping, blacksmithing, primitive fire starting, period appropriate children’s games and much more. Join the Lake City staff in a travel back to a time when beaver were plentiful and people few. Walk-ins welcome, no registration required.
– Jillayne Ritchie