Henges (Jay) Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center

The rifle/pistol range will remain closed until further notice due to safety issues regarding the facility's bullet trap. The remainder of Jay Henges' facilities, including the shotgun trap fields, patterning board, static archery range and outdoor education center building, continue to remain open for normal operating hours and public programs.

MDC approves contract for Henges Shooting Range bullet trap replacement

The old bullet trap will be removed and replaced with a new one, and several baffles will be replaced.
HIGH RIDGE, Mo.?The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) has approved a contract to replace the rifle/pistol bullet trap at the Jay Henges Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center in High Ridge.
The current bullet trap was taken out of service because of structural failures that prevented the trap from operating properly. This created ricochet hazards and unsafe gaps where projectiles could escape. Because of these safety concerns, MDC closed the rifle/pistol range.
Since the range improvements were completed in 2010, MDC has experienced ongoing problems with the existing bullet trap installed by Action Target Inc. MDC attempted to resolve the issue by working with the original contractor. Unfortunately, MDC was unable to expedite the project because of a lack of cooperation from the contractor. As a result, MDC secured an outside firm to document the damage to the range?s rifle/pistol bullet trap. Following that assessment, MDC wrote and posted a request for competitive bids to repair and/or replace the damaged bullet trap.
Jackson Building Group Inc. of St. Louis was awarded the contract after the competitive bid process, and the contract was approved by the Conservation Commission at its October meeting.
The approved scope of work calls for removal of the original bullet trap, followed by construction and installation of a new and improved unit. The new bullet trap will be similar in design to the one used at MDC?s August A. Busch Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center in Defiance. The contract also specifies replacement of several damaged concrete baffles. Work will begin later this year and completion of the project is estimated for fall 2020. The rifle/pistol range will re-open when the project is finished.
Until then, the remainder of Jay Henges? facilities, including the shotgun trap fields, patterning board, static archery range and outdoor education center building, continue to remain open for normal operating hours and public programs.

Shooters looking for an alternative staffed range may also visit the Busch Shooting Range, located at 3550 Route D in Defiance, approximately five miles west of Highway 94.
MDC also offers shooting opportunities at several 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/shooting ranges.
Shooters can find still more range options on the National Shooting Sports Foundation?s website by going to http://wheretoshoot.org.

About this Area

For more information call
(636) 938-9548

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Jay Henges shooting range
David Stonner

NOTICE: The Pistol and Rifle range is presently closed and we do not have a reopening date. We will advise when information is available.

Shooters looking for alternative staffed ranges may also visit August A. Busch Shooting Range in Defiance, located at 3550 Route D, approximately five miles West of Highway 94.

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

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, anda 4 target static archery range. The Jay Henges complex provides a safe environment for novice to experienced shooters.

Things to do when you visit: 
  • Shooting Range
    • Archery,
    • Shotgun,
    • Rifle or Pistol
  • Entry PointEntry Point
  • MDC OfficeMDC Office
  • Archery RangeArchery Range
  • Shotgun Range (Disabled Accessible)Shotgun Range (Disabled Accessible)
  • Archery Range (Disabled Accessible)Archery Range (Disabled Accessible)
  • Rifle / Pistol Range (Disabled Accessible)Rifle / Pistol Range (Disabled Accessible)
  • BoundaryBoundary

Hours of Operation

Area Hours
Sunday 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday Closed
Tuesday Closed
Wednesday 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Directions
NOTICE: Jay Henges Rifle/Pistol range to remain closed as MDC seeks resolution to bullet trap issues. MDC's priority is to seek a safe and lasting solution as soon as possible. Directions: 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.
Shooting Range Info
Range Name
Jay Henges Range O Edu Cn
Range Id
3034
Maintenance Days
Closed Monday and Tuesday
Business Hours
Seasonal
Type of Complex
Staffed
Range Type
Archery Field Target
Target Distance
-
Disabled Access
No
Range Name
Jay Henges Range O Edu Cn
Range Id
3000
Maintenance Days
Closed Monday and Tuesday
Business Hours
Seasonal
Type of Complex
Staffed
Range Type
Shotgun Trap/Skeet
Disabled Access
Yes
Range Name
Jay Henges Range O Edu Cn
Range Id
2903
Maintenance Days
Closed Monday and Tuesday
Business Hours
Seasonal
Type of Complex
Staffed
Range Type
Archery Static Target
Target Distance
10,20,25,30
Disabled Access
Yes
Range Name
Jay Henges Range O Edu Cn
Range Id
2904
Maintenance Days
Closed Monday and Tuesday
Business Hours
Seasonal
Type of Complex
Staffed
Range Type
Rifle/Pistol
Target Distance
7,15,25,50,75,100
Disabled Access
Yes
Range Name
Jay Henges Range O Edu Cn
Range Id
2905
Maintenance Days
Closed Monday and Tuesday
Business Hours
Seasonal
Type of Complex
Staffed
Range Type
Shotgun Informal/Patterning
Disabled Access
Yes

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