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Jay Henges Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center

Notice

The rifle/pistol range is closed to perform facility maintenance and repairs. The rifle/pistol range will remain closed until all repairs are complete.

The remainder of Jay Henges facilities, including the shotgun trap fields, patterning board, static archery range and outdoor education center building will remain open for normal operating hours and public programs.

Shooters looking for alternative staffed ranges are encouraged to visit the new August A. Busch Shooting Range in Defiance. Busch Shooting Range is located at 3550 Route D, approximately five miles west of Highway 94. It features 20 positions at 100-yards range, and 15 positions at 50 yards for rifle and pistol use, in addition to shotgun patterning, trap and skeet, and static archery facilities.

MDC also offers shooting opportunities at a number of unstaffed ranges in the St. Louis region, including:
• Reifsnider State Forest east of Warrenton on Route M in Warren County
• William R. Logan Conservation Area off State Highway E, northeast of the town of Silex in Lincoln County
• Little Indian Creek Conservation Area off Highway A in Washington County, southeast of Sullivan
• Huzzah Conservation Area off Highway E in Crawford County, north of Steelville

Driving Directions

From the east/St. Louis:
Take I-44 west to Beaumont/Antire Road - exit 269, turn left, cross over I-44 to Antire Road. Turn right on Antire Road. Go 100 feet to entrance and turn left into driveway across from commuter lot.

From the west/Eureka:
Take I-44 east to Beaumont/Antire Road - exit 269. Follow exit lane around to top; entrance on left across from commuter parking lot.

Highlights

Facilities include a staffed shooting range with rifle/pistol, shotgun and archery ranges available. The area joins the 1000 + acre Forest 44 Conservation Area.

About This Area

The Jay Henges Shooting Range & Outdoor Education Center is on the west side of the Forest 44 Conservation Area located in southwest St. Louis County. Originally under the Missouri Department of Conservation's Forestry Division, the range was named Forest 44 Shooting Range, coined from the Conservation Area in which it was built on in 1993. In 1997, it was dedicated and renamed after former Missouri Department of Conservation Commissioner and St. Louis area resident, Jay Henges. In 2003, supervision of the range was transferred to the Department's Outreach and Education Division.

The complex includes a 100-yard, baffled, rifle/pistol range with 20 covered booths with target placements at 7, 15, 25, 50, 75 or 100 yards. Additional facilities include 3 trap fields, a shotgun patterning range, and a 4 target static archery range. The Jay Henges complex provides a safe environment for novice to experienced shooters.

General Information

St. Louis

Saint Louis

636-938-3253

Activities
Activity
(Activity Explanations)
Comments
(Population Definition)
Other  Various shooting education programs are offered throughout the year and are designed to deliver the basic fundamentals of shotgun, rifle, handgun, muzzleloader and archery disciplines.  
Other  

All programs are offered free of charge. Most programs require a registration, opening 30 days before the program begins. To register for a program visit the MDC website.  http://mdc.mo.gov/Henges under Range Events.

 
Other  In addition to shooting sports, programs and classes are offered focusing on hunting, reloading, game care and a variety of outdoor skills. Discover Nature programs are offered year round as well.  

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Conservation Department Facilities
Facility Item Name Count Comments
OtheraccessibleShooting Range & Outdoor Education Center  Twenty position covered 100 yard rifle/handgun range with shooting benches and spectator seating, target frames, and targets for user fee. Three trap and fields with spectator seating, disabled accessible, electric trap machines loaded with targets by range staff, provided for user. One shotgun patterning range, disabled accessible, 4 foot square patterning paper provided. Eye and ear protection provided for user free of charge. Four target static archery range, one indoor classroom, seating for 145 at tables, disabled accessible.  

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Features
Feature Item Name Count Size Comments
Other Static Archery Range 1.00 count Four target static archery range.  
Other Indoor Classroom 1.00 count One indoor classroom, capacity for 145 people at tables, water fountain, restrooms, disabled accessible.  
Other Shotgun Patterning Range 1.00 count One Shotgun patterning range, disabled accessible, 4 foot square patterning paper provided. Eye and ear protection provided for user free of charge.  
Other Trap Only Field 3.00 count Three trap only fields with spectator seating, disabled accessible, electric trap machine loaded with targets by range staff. Eye and ear protection provided for user free of charge.  
Other Covered Rifle/Handgun Range 20.00 count Twenty position covered 100 yard rifle/handgun range with shooting benches and spectator seating, target frames, and targets. Eye and ear protection provided for user free of charge.  

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Land Cover Types
Land Type Acres Comments
Total Area Acres:0.00 

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Designated Trails
Trail Name Trail Type Length
No Designated Trails

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Shooting Range General Information

W090*54.9764

N38*51.3803

Restroom

Staffed

Monday,Tuesday

Seasonal

Click Shooting Ranges for more information.

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