Maintz Wildlife Preserve

About this Area

For more information call
(573) 290-5730
Total Acres

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.

Things to do when you visit: 
  • Camping
    • Individual Campsites
  • Field Trials
    • Special Use Permit
  • Hunting
    • Dove,
    • Quail,
    • Squirrel,
    • Deer,
    • Rabbit,
    • Turkey
  • Bird Watching
  • Fishing
    • Black Bass,
    • Catfish,
    • Sunfish
  • Trapping
    • Special Use Permit
  • Shooting Range
    • Archery
  • Camping SiteCamping Site
  • Entry PointEntry Point
  • Managed Public WaterbodyManaged Public Waterbody
  • Parking LotParking Lot
  • Archery RangeArchery Range
  • BoundaryBoundary
  • MDC Road - ServiceMDC Road - Service
  • Dove FieldDove Field

Hours of Operation

Area Hours
Sunday 4:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Monday 4:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Tuesday 4:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday 4:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Thursday 4:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Friday 4:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Saturday 4:00 AM - 10:00 PM
From Jackson, take Highway 72 west, then Route B north, then County Road 472 west 1.50 miles to the area.
Shooting Range Info
Range Name
Range Id
Maintenance Days
Closed Tuesday
Business Hours
1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunset, unless otherwise posted
Type of Complex
Range Type
Archery Field Target
Target Distance
Disabled Access
Area Regulations
Seasonal Hunting and Fishing Information