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.

Jay Henges Rifle/Pistol Range to remain closed as MDC seeks resolution to bullet trap issues

HIGH RIDGE, Mo.?The rifle/pistol range at the Missouri Department of Conservation?s (MDC) Jay Henges Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center in High Ridge 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 has experienced ongoing problems with the bullet trap at the Jay Henges Shooting Range since the opening of the new range in 2010. In November 2017, MDC staff noticed major structural problems with the bullet trap. For safety reasons the range was immediately closed.
MDC has been in discussion with the general contractor to resolve the matter. Those talks have been unsuccessful to date. MDC is hiring an outside firm to identify a solution which will ensure safety for range users. At this time, it is anticipated the existing structure will be removed, followed by construction of a new bullet trap so the range may safely reopen.
Currently, there is no timeline as to when the range can be reopened. MDC will notify the public as soon as that information is available. MDC?s priority is to seek a lasting and safe resolution as soon as possible.
The bullet trap is a wedge-shaped steel structure at the down-range end. It?s designed to funnel all projectiles into a slim opening in the rear, called a throat. After travelling through the throat, projectiles
enter a drum-like deceleration chamber where they travel in circles to dissipate their energy. From there, they eventually slow down and tumble into a collection bucket for later retrieval and recycling.
Shooters looking for alternative staffed ranges may also visit the new August A. Busch Shooting Range in Defiance, located at 3550 Route D, 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/shootingranges.
Shooters can find still more range options on the National Shooting Sports Foundation?s website by going to http://wheretoshoot.org.

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

About this Area

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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 as soon as that information is available.

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.

Hours of Operation

Area Hours
Sunday 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday Closed
Tuesday Closed
Wednesday 1:00 PM - 7:30 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. The rifle/pistol range at the Missouri Department of Conservation ( MDC ) Jay Henges Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center will remain closed until further notice due to safety issues regarding the facility's bullet trap. The remainder of the Jay Henges' facilities, including the shotgun trap fields, pattern board, static archery range and outdoor education building, continue to remain open for normal operating hours and public programs. Currently, there is no timeline as to when the range can be reopened. MDC will notify the public as soon as that information is available. MDC's priority is to seek a lasting and safe resolution 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.
For more information call:
(636) 938-9548
Shooting Range Info
Range Id
3034
Maintenance Days
Monday,Tuesday
Business Hours
Seasonal
Type of Complex
Staffed
Range Type
Archery Field Target
Target Distance
-
Disabled Access
No
Range Id
3000
Maintenance Days
Monday,Tuesday
Business Hours
Seasonal
Type of Complex
Staffed
Range Type
Shotgun Trap/Skeet
Disabled Access
Yes
Range Id
2903
Maintenance Days
Monday,Tuesday
Business Hours
Seasonal
Type of Complex
Staffed
Range Type
Archery Static Target
Target Distance
10,20,25,30
Disabled Access
Yes
Range Id
2904
Maintenance Days
Monday,Tuesday
Business Hours
Seasonal
Type of Complex
Staffed
Range Type
Rifle/Pistol
Target Distance
7,15,25,50,75,100
Disabled Access
Yes
Range Id
2905
Maintenance Days
Monday,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