J. Thad Ray Memorial Wildlife Area

Driving Directions

In Hannibal from the junction of Route W/Highway 61, take Route W west approximately 1 mile.


Mostly forested with an archery range.

About This Area

Highway 61 divides this area's 148 acres (58 acres to the east and 90 acres to the west). The area consists of approximately 80 percent timbered land and 20 percent open land.

Kate Ray Kuhn donated 58 acres to the Conservation Department in 1971, in honor of her father, J. Thad Ray. She willed an additional 90 acres to the Conservation Department upon her death in 1978 so that all might enjoy the outdoors.

J. Thad Ray was a long-time Marion County farmer and county official. J. Thad Ray Memorial Conservation Area contains a field archery range with 10 targets and a practice archery range with five points.

Open land management includes the establishment of native warm-season grasses to provide habitat for a variety of wildlife. The area provides habitat for an assortment of woodland wildlife species, including white-tailed deer, squirrels, raccoons, and songbirds.

General Information




Owned by MDC

  • No Firearms hunting allowed on this area.
  • Camping is prohibited on the area.

(Activity Explanations)
(Population Definition)
Hunting-Deer Good population. See regulations.  
Hunting-Turkey Fair population. Annual Fall Deer and Turkey Hunting Regulations and Information booklet and annual Spring Turkey Hunting Information booklet.  

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Conservation Department Facilities
Facility Item Name Count Comments
Other Archery Range  Archery Range 
Parking Lot    

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Feature Item Name Count Size Comments
No Identified Features

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Land Cover Types
Land Type Acres Comments
Old Field 29.20  
Forest and Woodland 118.00  
Other 0.40  
Total Area Acres:147.60 

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Designated Trails
Trail Name Trail Type Length
No Designated Trails

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Shooting Range General Information






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

Click Shooting Ranges for more information.

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