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August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center

Driving Directions

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.

About This Area

The staffed facility is part of the Department's Outreach and Education Division. The complex includes a 100 yard baffled rifle/pistol range with 20 covered shooting stations with target placement at 25,50, 75, or 100 yards, and a 50 yard baffled range with 15 covered shooting stations with target postings at 7, 15, 25, or 50 yards.  The facility also includes 5 trap and skeet overlay fields, 2 shotgun patterning ranges, an education building for programs, meetings, and special events, and a static archery range with a shooting tower. All ranges are ADA accessible. The August A. Busch Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center provides a safe environment for novice to experienced shooters to enjoy the shooting sports.

The new shooting range features 20 positions at 100 yard range, and 15 positions at 50 yard range for rifle and pistol use. Concrete floors, walls and overhead steel baffle structures are in place to control and contain projectiles. Shooting booths are now handicap-accessible.

Shotgun shooters can enjoy five trap/skeet overlay ranges with electronic controls, and two shotgun patterning ranges.

Archery facilities on site, include static archery range with an elevated shooting tower and broadhead pits.

The fees for the new range will remain the same; three dollars per round of trap or skeet and includes paper targets or 25 clay targets and basic ear protection.

A new education/office building at the shooting range offers an 80-person classroom to host educational programs.

To receive text alerts, text "MDC Busch" to 468311 or call 636-300-0258.

General Information

St. Louis

Saint Louis


Bryant Hertel; 636-300-0258 x1550

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Other  Shoot targets or attend one of the many outdoor skills programs.  

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Conservation Department Facilities
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Otheraccessible  Firearms and archery ranges. See range link below for details.  

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Shooting Range General Information






Change with seasons/call 636-300-0258 for more information.

Click Shooting Ranges for more information.

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