Over many years, hunters offered decision comparison models for why they chose to hunt with Mid-American Hunting Association. We offer one such day hunt comparison model for consideration by those in pre purchase position.
Evaluation criteria: hunter skill, wild game, hunters’ motive, hunt operators’ motive.
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Day hunt operators are those with a set acreage amount. They seek to attract as many hunters to pay to hunt one day at a time as possible. Operator’s motive is more hunters hunting his land each day equals more money he makes. Profits are a primary concern. Success is rated by number of hunters over most number of hunting days.
Day hunts rarely can support wild game populations with high frequency of recurring hunter pressure over small acreage. A typical operator response is posting of feeders to anchor turkeys, fenced hunts for hoofed exotic and native animals, release of pen raise birds for a pheasant, quail, chukar hunt. This brings into question the concept of fair chase. Pen-raised birds, fenced animals and fed wildlife do not have survival skills necessary to evade hunter or dog, have limited escape avenues from lack of free range or simply are schedule for the hunter by timed food dispersal.
Those hunters with limited skills, equipment, and other resources as dogs typically seek day hunts. These hunters seek a limited, easy to acquire experience at low cost of time, money and effort. They in short help the economy rather than seek intangible tranquility of a hard day a field. In addition, they typically take such hunts one day a season maybe once each year. More likely not.
Mid-America Hunting Association comparison is different. No day hunts are offered. Hunters allocated memberships must have personal wherewithal for success on wild game.
There are consequences attached to those who decide to hunt with MAHA. The most significant is fair chase hunts are more failure than success. If success is measured singularly in filled tags and bags rather than quality of a hunt itself.
We have observed hunters over a good number of years and a common approach for most has been a three year process of adaptation.
That three year adaptation follows along these lines.
First year, a number of options available in terms of seasons, hunting disciplines or states overwhelms new members. Often some simply seeks to hunt too much in terms of land, states and disciplines. Illustration:
Few of us have time or energy to commit to any more than one hunting discipline. For most of us we dedicate our free time where we get enjoyment. First year Association hunters may travel a different route trying to hunt two or more disciplines or across too wide a range of leases or states in excess of hunt quality. By their second season a new Association hunter comes to realize he has too many options. He then seeks to settle down within one discipline. Once achieved satisfaction rates increase.
Deer hunters seek multiple tags often in excess of available vacation days. Upland bird hunters want to bird hunt more than one state incurring much travel time. Duck hunters hunt a different wetlands each trip finding the opportunity to hunt multiple types of wetlands attractive. Turkey hunters make a campaign of filling all five spring season tags in the shortest amount of time.
Doug, first muzzleloader success.
By the end of their third season most hunters come to realize it is quality of the hunt rather than quantity. Most settle to concentrate on their primary hunting discipline in one state. They also do so within a more narrow range of lease land. At this point success rates climb.
Deer hunter begins to identify those seemingly invisible golden nugget spots on each lease. Duck hunters find a wetlands habitat they like the most. Turkey hunters start to seek higher scoring toms rather than more toms. Upland bird hunter settles on a primary bird or habitat of choice best suited to his dog power. All begin to enjoy their hunts more. A leisurely approach to employing the subtleties and nuances begins to take hold. The quest to increased eyes on game and success with tags and bags reaches its high point.
Before migration, early season hunt.
Kansas pheasant hunting. Just something special about dogs.
An additional discuss is wealth of choice. Mid-America Hunting Association price structure is based on average usage. The range is between 9 and 16 days of reservations. When looking at cost no one hunter is paying for all of it. He is paying for his average usage of land. The wealth of choice of land and over states is designed to make vacation planning easier. With three states of seasons to chose from one over an other will fit family/work schedules best.