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August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area Shooting Range RenovationsThe Missouri Department of Conservation’s August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center in St. Charles will be renovated, beginning in January 2015, into an expanded, state-of-the-art shooting range featuring more shooting stations and classroom facilities. The project is part of Conservation’s ongoing commitment to help Missourians improve their outdoor skills and discover nature.To expedite the renovations to the existing site, the shooting range will temporarily be closed for public use starting in January 2015 and remain closed for the duration of the 24-30 month renovation project. The new range will incorporate the most current national shooting range design standards, including an increased number of shooting stations, new classroom facility, and other building improvements for user convenience, safety, and reduced waiting times.
From the intersection of Highways 40/61 and 94 (Exit 10): take Highway 94 west approximately 1 mile, then Route D west approximately 5 miles to the Shooting Range. Entrance on the left.
The 6,987-acre August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area was purchased from the federal government in 1947. Mrs. August A. Busch, Sr. donated a portion of the cost toward the purchase of the area as a memorial to her late husband. The shooting range opened in 1973 and was established to provide hunters with the capability of sighting-in firearms accurately, improving firearm and archery techniques and off season proficiency; the Busch Range Complexes are MDC's oldest staffed shooting ranges.In 2007 Busch Range was closed for six months for improvements. A new concrete floor was installed and the design was modified.
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