Maintz Wildlife Preserve

Driving Directions

From Jackson, take Highway 72 west, then Route B north, then County Road 472 west 1.50 miles to the area.

Highlights

This area features many small fields with sections of woodland, cropland, and old fields all managed for early successional habitat. Facilities/features: primitive camping, archery range, and five fishable ponds (12 acres).

About This Area

The Maintz Wildlife Preserve is an 804-acre area of rolling hills located in northwestern Cape Girardeau County. The area is named after Ty Maintz, an Oak Ridge bird hunter and nature lover who in the mid 1970s donated 250 acres and funds to buy more land.

Before acquisition by the Conservation Department, the Maintz area was comprised of small, intensively used farms. On the area, the Department emphasizes upland game management especially for bobwhite quail by managing for early successional habitat. Prescribed burning, disking, timber stand improvement, edge feathering, and farming are used to create and maintain early successional habitat. Warm-season grass and prairie wildflowers have been planted in some of the area's fields to provide nesting cover and brood rearing habitat for wildlife. Area crop fields are planted by local farmers and a portion of the crop is left standing in the fields over winter for wildlife food.

There are several small ponds stocked with largemouth bass, bluegill, and channel catfish. Some small fishless ponds, and one larger seasonal wetland have been created for amphibians, shorebirds, and waterfowl.

General Information

Southeast

Cape Girardeau

573-290-5730

Owned by MDC

Activities
Activity
(Activity Explanations)
Comments
(Population Definition)
Bird Watching  Get the Audubon Society of Missouri Conservation Area Bird List.  
Camping - Individual Campsites  Camping permitted only in the designated camping area at Parking Lot #3. No amenities provided. 
Field Trials with Special Use Permit  Retriever trials are permitted around fishing ponds with Special Use Permit with seasonal restrictions. 
Fishing - Bass Fair population.  
Fishing - Catfish Good population.  
Fishing - Sunfish Good population.  
Hiking  No designated trails, but hiking available along area access trails. 
Hunting-Deer Fair population. Deer regulations are subject to annual changes. Please refer to the Fall Deer and Turkey Booklet for current regulations.  
Hunting-Dove Good population. Special dove hunting regulations may apply.  See bulletin boards in parking lots for more information.  Daily hunting tag required.  
Hunting-Quail Good population. Quail may be taken only by holders of the prescribed hunting permit and a valid area daily hunting tag available at each parking lot on the area. Hunters must check out at a parking lot immediately after the close of their hunting trip.    
Hunting-Rabbit Good population. Daily hunting tag required.  
Hunting-Squirrel Fair population. Daily hunting tag required.  
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
Camping Area - Individual Campsites Archery Range Camping Area  No amenities provided. 
Other Archery Range  Archery Range with 12 stations.  
Parking Lot    

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Features
Feature Item Name Count Size Comments
Fishing Lake or Pond Pond #1 1.00 acres This 1 acre pond is annually stocked with channel catfish  
Fishing Lake or Pond Pond #2 4.00 acres This 4 acre pond is annually stocked with channel catfish.  
Fishing Lake or Pond Pond #3 1.00 acres This 1 acre pond is annually stocked with channel catfish.  
Fishing Lake or Pond Pond #4 1.00 acres This 1 acre pond is annually stocked with channel catfish.  
Fishing Lake or Pond Pond #5 2.00 acres 2 acres  
Fishing Lake or Pond Pond #6 0.50 acres 0.50 acres  
Fishing Lake or Pond Pond #7 0.50 acres 0.50 acres  
Fishing Lake or Pond Pond #8 0.50 acres 0.50 acres  
Fishing Lake or Pond Pond #9 0.50 acres 0.50 acres  
Stream - Permanent Sandy Branch 1.00 miles Small stream; not recommended for fishing. 

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Land Cover Types
Land Type Acres Comments
Crop Land 127.00  
Forest and Woodland 219.00  
Lakes/Ponds 12.00  
Grassland (non-prairie) 445.00  
Total Area Acres:803.74 

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Designated Trails
Trail Name Trail Type Length
No Designated Trails

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Shooting Range General Information

89*47'51.3"

37*29'15.1"

n/a

Unstaffed

Tuesday

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

Click Shooting Ranges for more information.

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