At right is a sample of an Association hunting lease land maps. They are available online to Association hunters only.
Map sheets are printed off at a hunter's printer. They are standard letter paper size.
The maps serve as the basis for any conversation between hunters and Association for land usage recommendations and reservations.
The library of maps is large. There is not any reason to print them all. New to Association hunters are encouraged to call one of the Association partners when first gaining access to their online maps. In that discussion a starting point for what that the hunter is after will be identified. Those narrowed down map sheets should then be printed along with the county lodging listing where that land is located.
Online map version have road names posted.
TJ and Kelly. A Christmas break day hunt. TJ shot seven times bagging three. He and dad alternated walking in on points. Dad didn't say what he bagged!
Central mid-west road system is based on a one mile square grid. Road lines as well as single grid lines making small uniform squares on maps at one mile spacing. That one mile square is called a Section. A section contains 640 acres. Sections are often subdivided into half sections, 320 acres; quarter sections at 160 acres. Anything smaller is identified by its acre size. An example is half of a quarter is 80 acres. That 80 acres is identified as such.
Online maps are subject to change.
It is land contracting does have start/end dates before/after season dates. It is land available for fall deer hunting may not be available for spring turkey season. The cause for this is several.
First, Association partners go for three to five years leases. Reasons for this is if every lease must be renewed yearly the two partners do not have road miles or hours to run to each lease through a year. Land runs must be more organized to cover an entire county or region in one pass through every several years. Once a contract comes up for renewal it is not a guarantee it will be renewed.
Second, Association maintains a Cut List of land to be dropped when better land becomes available. It is the nature of leasing land that land usage does not remain consistent over time. Landowners conduct land improvements with bull dozers, cattle numbers increase/decrease. Farmers retire and pass their land onto children or many other permeations that either enhance or degrade any land's value to our Association.
Secure hunting leases rather than owning land allows for flexibility to move into or out of a region as hunt quality increases or decreases.
What all this means to hunters is that prior to each scouting or hunting trip check to see if any maps have been updated with additional land or deletions.
When the Association does have a change it is posted online in 2 - 3 days.
Late summer deer scouting when scouting for deer rather than old sign in spring.