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.

Highlights

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

Northeast

Marion

573-248-2530

Owned by MDC

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

Activities
Activity
(Activity Explanations)
Comments
(Population Definition)
Hunting-Deer Good population. Deer regulations are subject to annual changes. Please refer to the Fall Deer and Turkey Booklet for current regulations.  
Hunting-Turkey Fair population. Turkey regulations are subject to annual changes. Please refer to the Spring Turkey or Fall Deer and Turkey Booklet for current regulations.  

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

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Features
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

091*24.784

39*43.928

n/a

Unstaffed

Varies

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

Click Shooting Ranges for more information.

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