Drury-Mincy Conservation Area

Driving Directions

From Branson, take Highway 76 east 5 miles, then Route J south 6 miles, and Gunnison Road right 0.75 mile.


This area, which borders Bull Shoals Reservoir, contains 3,400 acres of high quality glade, woodland, riparian corridor, and green browse plots.

About This Area

Drury-Mincy Conservation Area is in southern Taney County, southeast of Branson, off of Route J. The area, located in the heart of the White River glade region, was the Conservation Department's first deer refuge.

The area is named for early landowner Frank Drury and the settlement of Mincy. The Commission leased the land in 1939, then purchased it in 1987. At present, the area is comprised of 5,599 acres which includes a portion of Bull Shoals Lake managed lands.

By the turn of the century, deer numbers had dwindled to the point that Missouri could claim only 14 herds. One of these lived in the Drury-Mincy area.

The area was purchased by a private landowner in 1929, who worked with the Department to increase deer numbers. From 1939 through 1959, Drury-Mincy deer were successfully used to restore populations statewide. The Drury-Mincy area, one of three areas that supported flocks of native wild turkeys, provided 300 turkeys for statewide restoration projects during the 1960s.

Bluestem glades and post oak savannas dominated the rolling hills. Mincy, Fox, and Bee creeks meander through stands of wild cane on their way to Bull Shoals Lake. Purple beardtongue, fringetree, and Ashe juniper are among the unusual plants found on the area.

General Information




Owned by MDC

(Activity Explanations)
(Population Definition)
Bird Watching  Get the Audubon Society of Missouri Conservation Area Bird List. Designated an Important Bird Area by Audubon Missouri.  
Camping - Individual Campsites  Camping area has 8 fire rings and 8 picnic tables along with a privy.  
Demonstrations  Missouri State University Field Station 
Fishing - Bass Fair population.  
Fishing - Catfish Fair population.  
Fishing - Crappie Fair population.  
Fishing - Other Fair population. Suckers 
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-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.  
Trapping with Special Use Permit   

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Conservation Department Facilities
Facility Item Name Count Comments
Camping Area - Individual Campsites Mincy Camping Area  Camping area has 4 fire rings and 4 picnic tables along with a privy. 
Other Archery Range   
Parking Lot   Gravel Lots 

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Feature Item Name Count Size Comments
Fishless Pond  29 6.00 acres Sinkhole Pond - unnamed 
Spring  300.00 # gallons per day  
Stream - Intermittent Mincy Creek 3.00 miles  
Stream - Intermittent Fox Creek 0.50 miles  
Stream - Permanent Bee Creek 3.00 miles  

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Land Cover Types
Land Type Acres Comments
Glade 1423.00 Includes 500 acres of Army Corps of Engineer's land. 
Savanna 2518.00 Includes 600 acres of Army Corps of Engineer's lands. 
Forest and Woodland 1501.00 Includes 380 acres of Army Corps of Engineer's land. 
Crop Land 157.00 Includes 30 acres of Army Corps of Engineer's lands. 
Total Area Acres:4089.00 

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Designated Trails
Trail Name Trail Type Length
Bear Cave Trail (Difficult) Hiking (Non-Interpretive) 1.50 
Thurman's Sink Trail (Moderate) Hiking (Non-Interpretive) 0.30 

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Shooting Range General Information






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

Click Shooting Ranges for more information.

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