August A. Busch Shooting Range Renovation
The 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.
Watch a video of the range renovation (animation only; no audio).
Renovation Project Scope and Timeline
- The Missouri Department of Conservation has made the $10.5 million renovation project of the August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center a high priority as part of its ongoing mission to help Missourians discover nature through outdoor skill opportunities.
- The new range will incorporate the most current national shooting range design standards. It will provide an increased number of shooting stations, classroom facilities, and improvements which will add user conveniences and reduce waiting times.
- Design features of the new range include:
- 20 position 100-yard shooting range and a 15 position 50-yard range for rifle and pistol use, five trap/skeet overlay ranges with electronic controls, and two shotgun patterning ranges.
- Concrete floors, walls and overhead baffle structures will control and contain projectiles. A bullet trap on the far end will decelerate bullets and deposit them into sealed plastic buckets at the base of the trap for recycling.
- Handicap accessible booths.
- Improved lighting, sound-reduction guards, and public restrooms.
- Archery facilities that will include two static archery ranges.
- Dedicated education space at the shooting range with a 60-person classroom to host educational programs onsite.
- Renovation of the August A. Busch Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center will begin in January 2015.
- To facilitate the renovation, the existing shooting range will temporarily close for public use in January 2015 and remain closed approximately 24-30 months. The new range will be constructed on the same site.
- The August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center has had no major upgrades since its opening 40 years ago
- It was built in 1975 to serve approximately 16,000 users annually. Since its opening, annual usage has increased from about 6,500 in 1975 to more than 40,000 in 2011—far above the facility’s original design capacity. It hosts the highest number of shooters of all Missouri Department of Conservation ranges in the state.
- The current facility also offers more than 120 shooting and other outdoor education programs each year to educate citizens about safely enjoying the outdoors, but currently has no classroom facilities onsite. This requires participants to travel between the classrooms located at the Missouri Department of Conservation regional office and the shooting range.
Resources for Shooters during Closure
To minimize the inconvenience to current users during the renovation, the Missouri Department of Conservation is expanding shooting opportunities at other MDC ranges in the St. Louis area, as well as working with other commercial ranges to provide additional shooting opportunities.
St. Louis area shooting ranges
MDC Staffed Ranges
1. Jay Henges Shooting Range & Outdoor Education Center
1100 Antire Road, High Ridge, MO 63049
MDC Unstaffed Ranges
2. Reifsnider State Forest 636-441-4554
3. William R. Logan Conservation Area 636-441-4554
4. Little Indian Creek Conservation Area 636-441-4554
5. Huzzah Conservation Area 636-441-4554
To find other shooting ranges in the area, shooters can log onto the National Shooting Sports Foundation website and search by state, area code or zip code.