Bois D'Arc Conservation Area

Driving Directions

From Springfield I-44 and Highway 160 interchange (Exit 75), take Highway 160 west about 12 miles to Farm Road 61. Turn south 2.50 miles to the Andy Dalton Shooting Range entrance.


Cropland, old fields, forest, grassland, and some wetlands. Facilities/features: staffed firearms range, archery range, dove blind, and numerous fishing ponds (4.50 acres total).

About This Area

Bois D'Arc (pronounced "Bo-dark") Conservation Area is located in Greene County, one mile north of the town of Bois D'Arc.

This conservation area was named after the trees that dominate the mostly open landscape of the region. The Osage Indians used the sturdy limbs of these trees to make their bows. Thus the name Bois D'Arc, meaning "arc of wood." Other local names for these trees are hedge apple, Bois D'Arc tree, bowwood, and hedge. Some of the trees on this area are more than 100 years old.

The Bois D'Arc area is managed primarily for bobwhite quail, doves, and cottontail rabbits. Local farmers share-crop the area under contracts that also benefit the local economy. The contour strip-cropping practices reduce soil erosion and provide the habitat diversity attractive to wildlife species, such as quail, rabbit, marsh hawk, dove, and many songbirds.

Several small, fishless ponds serve as breeding areas for aquatic turtles and salamanders. Some lowland sites are attractive to woodcock and wetland wildlife species. A small deer herd and a few wild turkeys can be found on the area.

This conservation area was acquired in part through the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Act administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The Andy Dalton Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center is located on this conservation area. For more information, please click on the shooting range link at the bottom of this page.

General Information




Owned by MDC

  • Daily hunter card required.
  • Horseback riding is prohibited. 
  • Firearms firing single projectiles are prohibited except for deer hunting as authorized in the annual Fall Deer and Turkey Hunting Regulations and Information booklet.

(Activity Explanations)
(Population Definition)
Bird Watching  A variety of grassland, shrubland and upland game birds may be seen. Get the Audubon Society of Missouri Conservation Area Bird List.  
Field Trials with Special Use Permit  Beagle chase trials only. No trials from horseback.  
Highlighted Activities  Great Outdoors Day hosted on area each Fall, Youth Dove Hunting Program 
Hiking  Osage Orange hiking trail 5 miles in length. 
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. See Area Regulations. 
Hunting-Quail Good population. See Area Regulations. 
Hunting-Rabbit Good population. See Area Regulations. 
Hunting-Squirrel Fair population. See Area 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.  
Other  Managed deer & turkey hunt for persons with disabilities.  Area closed to all activities during these hunts.  
Trapping with Special Use Permit   

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Conservation Department Facilities
Facility Item Name Count Comments
Hunting Blind - Doveaccessible  For hunters with disabilities. 
Other Field Archery Range  2-unmanned 14 point archery ranges.  
Other Andy Dalton Shooting Range and Training Center  See Dalton Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center web page for more information.  
Parking Lotaccessible 21  2-Gravel Parking Lot with a concrete pad.  
Pavilion Aquatic Resource Education Pond  Urban Fishing Program Administered by Outreach and Education (groups only). 

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Feature Item Name Count Size Comments
Fishless Pond  10 4.50 acres  
Other Sinkholes 0.00 count Numerous sinkholes are found throughout the area.  Visitors should use caution when entering the area.  

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Land Cover Types
Land Type Acres Comments
Crop Land 1207.00  
Forest and Woodland 664.00  
Wetland 10.00  
Grassland (non-prairie) 200.00  
Glade 84.00  
Old Field 1007.00  
Total Area Acres:3172.00 

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Designated Trails
Trail Name Trail Type Length
Osage Orange Hiking Trail (Moderate) Hiking (Non-Interpretive) 5.00 

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Shooting Range General Information






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

Click Shooting Ranges for more information.

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