Carrick W. Davidson - Robert G. Paris Wildlife Area

Driving Directions

From West Plains, take Highway 17 northeast 5.50 miles, then Route EE east 0.75 mile, and south on County Road 3010.

About This Area

Carrick W. Davidson/Robert G. Paris Wildlife Area is located in east-central Howell County. It is about seven miles northeast of West Plains, off of Route EE.

Of the 270 acres that comprise the Carrick W. Davidson/Robert G. Paris Wildlife Area, 200 acres are mixed warm-season grasses, old fields and crop land. The remainder of the land is wooded. There is a two-acre pond and three smaller ponds on the property. Middle Fork Creek meanders through the area.

The area was donated to the Missouri Department of Conservation by Mr. and Mrs. Carrick W. Davidson and the family of the late Robert Paris. They started purchasing the property in 1955. Their primary purpose for the property was recreation. The property was managed for wildlife, primarily quail. They ran cattle on the property, but never at the expense of quail. There have been as many as 12 coveys of quail on the property, with as many as 100 quail being harvested in one year.

Present management techniques include converting cool-season grasses to warm-season species, prescribed burning and cropping to maintain early successional habitat. Area facilities include two parking lots.

General Information




Owned by MDC

(Activity Explanations)
(Population Definition)
Fishing - Bass Fair population.  
Fishing - Catfish Fair population.  
Fishing - Sunfish Good 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 Good population.  
Hunting-Quail Good population. By Managed Hunt Only (successful drawing required). Contact the Regional Office at West Plains (417/256-7161) for more information.  
Hunting-Rabbit Good population. Closed during the quail season (Nov. 1 to Jan. 15). 
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.  

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Conservation Department Facilities
Facility Item Name Count Comments
Parking Lot    

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Feature Item Name Count Size Comments
Fishing Lake or Pond  3.00 acres  
Fishless Pond  0.50 acres  
Stream - Intermittent Middle Fork Creek 1.00 miles  

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Land Cover Types
Land Type Acres Comments
Crop Land 28.00  
Forest and Woodland 35.00  
Lakes/Ponds 3.00  
Grassland (non-prairie) 157.00  
Savanna 47.00  
Total Area Acres:270.00 

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Designated Trails
Trail Name Trail Type Length
No Designated Trails

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Shooting Range General Information

This area has no shooting ranges.

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