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      Hunters prepare to get all their ducks in a row

      With duck season only a couple months away, the Missouri Department of Conservation is inviting hunters to hone their skills at a free wingshooting clinic.

      Participants will learn the latest information as it relates to the proper ammunition for their gun, and even have the chance to get in a little shooting. Attendees are asked to bring their gun, but clay targets and practice ammo will be provided. The Northeast Regional Office in Kirksville is offering the workshop on Saturday, August 16th, but if youâ??d like to attend youâ??ll need to register by Friday, August 8th. This is just one of 12 waterfowl classes the MDC is offering across the state.

      â??This class is important because we want to ensure hunters are effective in their hunting,â?? said Outdoor Regional Supervisor Shawn Gruber. â??We want to reduce the wounding rate if people are going to go out hunting waterfowl in particular. We want to minimize the number of birds that are wounded. That is a big, critical point of this training program. We try to improve your ability to shoot more effectively, harvest more game and at the end of the day weâ??re really hoping that the hunters have more success while harvesting game. Thatâ??s our ultimate goal.â??

      This class is geared toward experienced hunters 18 years-old or over, but another clinic will be offered the following day on August 17th for beginners. For more information about the classes or to register, call the office at 660-785-2420 or visit their website.