Dean Davis Conservation Area

Driving Directions

From West Plains, take Highway 63 north 10 miles, then County Road 2420 east 0.50 mile to the area.

About This Area

Dean Davis Wildlife Area is located in Howell County, two miles north of Pomona and east of U.S. 63 Highway.

This 172-acre area has many points of interest including: a one-mile long trail, an archery range, a walnut plantation, a pine plantation, upland game species such as rabbits quail, deer, turkey and squirrels.

The area was originally intended to be the site of a community lake. In 1959 the lake bed, dam, and concrete spillway were constructed. Unfortunately, the lake never held water due to unforseen sinks and seepages. Despite this setback, the area provides abundant oportunities for wildlife management and public use.

Wildlife habitat management includes the creation of watering ponds and the manipulation of fields within the forest to provide added food sources. Timber harvests also help produce forage and cover for wildlife.

During your visit to the area, you may view various forest improvement practices designed to improve tree growth, quality, and species composition. The practices also help improve wildlife habitat and maintain watershed quality. Any physical disturbance is only temporary.

General Information




Owned by MDC

(Activity Explanations)
(Population Definition)
Fishing - Sunfish Fair population.  
Hunting-Deer Good population. Deer regulations are subject to annual changes. Please refer to the Fall Deer and Turkey Booklet for current regulations.  
Hunting-Dove Fair population.  
Hunting-Quail Fair population.  
Hunting-Rabbit Good population.  
Hunting-Squirrel Good population.  
Hunting-Turkey Good population. Turkey regulations are subject to annual changes. Please refer to the Spring Turkey or Fall Deer and Turkey Booklet for current regulations.  
Other  Archery Target Shooting 

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Conservation Department Facilities
Facility Item Name Count Comments
OtheraccessibleArchery Range  The archery range has a (7) stations and (1) disabled accessible static station. 
Parking Lotaccessible   

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Feature Item Name Count Size Comments
Fishing Lake or Pond Dean Davis Lake 1.00 acres  

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Land Cover Types
Land Type Acres Comments
Crop Land 20.00  
Grassland (non-prairie) 20.00  
Forest and Woodland 102.00  
Old Field 30.00  
Total Area Acres:172.69 

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Designated Trails
Trail Name Trail Type Length
Hiking trail (Easy) Hiking (Non-Interpretive) 1.00 

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Shooting Range General Information






1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunset, unless otherwise posted

Click Shooting Ranges for more information.

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