Henges (Jay) Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center

MDC?s Jay Henges rifle/pistol shooting range to close for repairs starting Nov. 15

HIGH RIDGE, Mo.?The rifle/pistol range at the Missouri Department of Conservation?s (MDC) Jay Henges Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center is closed to perform facility maintenance and repairs. The rifle/pistol range will remain closed until repairs are complete.

The remainder of Jay Henge?s 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. The new 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

Additional information on MDC shooting ranges can be found at mdc.mo.gov/shootingranges .

Shooters can find still more range options on the National Shooting Sports Foundation?s website by going to http://wheretoshoot.org.

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Things to do when you visit: 
  • Shooting Range
    • Archery,
    • Shotgun,
    • Rifle or Pistol

About this Area


Jay Henges shooting range
David Stonner

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.

Hours of Operation

Area Hours
Sun 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Mon Closed
Tue Closed
Wed 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thu 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Fri 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Sat 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
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.
For more information call:
(636) 938-9548

Jay Henges Shooting Range Procedures

Here are some important rules and procedures that will help you on your next visit to the Jay Henges Shooting Range near St. Louis.

Shotgun Patterning Board at Henges Shooting Range

Shotgun Patterning Board at Henges Shooting Range
Shotgun Patterning Board at Henges Shooting Range
Shotgun Patterning Board at Henges Shooting Range