If any hunter can get through reading this page that is probably a good test of being ready to give us a call.
We have been in the hunting lease business for do it yourself hunters since 1965. Many years of hunting land lease experience. A strength of experience means consistency to hunter desires.
And yes, the two Association partners who run this organization hunt. They can talk knowledgeably about how to make a hunt work.
Not only has this Association been leasing land for a long time its effort has been concentrated in Kansas, Missouri and Iowa. A controlling idea is good habitat within a region of each state with a history of production. This Association takes away mystery of where to hunt.
Jeremy. Kansas has an long spring season.
First choice is to advanced to a favored hunt discipline of upland bird, waterfowl, deer or turkey. Within those sections hunting discipline specific information showing well our approach separates us from other hunt options.
Another choice is to continue reading our general discussion, one over the world view, below.
Success Through Flexibility Of Time and Location
Our entire approach to self guided hunts is to provide a lot of hunt options. Meaning a choice of spots to hunt. Choice of season to hunt.
In simplest form we lease private land conducting all legal, insurance requirements, control. Hunters simply hunt. As often as he would like. Hunts on his schedule. For deer, turkey, waterfowl and upland birds. He also has an added adventure of exploring new lease land each trip out. There are limits. Limits are pressure controls and parity of access to all. For those who want a good hunt to enjoy their day these limits work in their favor. Others who feel an entitlement greater than our Conditions of Membership are who we control.
Hunters also hunt without any need to contact landowners, administer written contracts or any requirement other than making a telephone or online reservation. Hunters then drives to his reserved land, parks and hunts. That lease land is well documented on county road maps, aerials, tops, with GPS coordinates and are posted with unique Association signage.
Within our system a hunter is not locked into a single farm or lease. For turkey and deer lease land this means a hunter does not have to have an all or nothing proposition. He may pre-season scout any lease we hold and select which one or several he wants to hunt. And, typically he does hunt more than one lease. Adjusting through his hunting trip. And, for those who do not have time to scout we can recommend several farms for a good hunt.
"...wanted to share a picture of the buck I took Friday...."
Our deer lease approach provides us another example of how we manage land.
We all should agree that deer change their movement patterns from pre, peak and post rut. As their patterns change so does their most likely daylight location. In this case each deer hunter may select and hunt several farms making up for changes between pre-season scouting to actual hunting season during his trip patterns.
Contrasting our approach to a deer hunter locked into one deer lease. In this case he either has success or failure based on any chances a trophy whitetail comes to any one piece of ground or not. For most of our deer hunters they typically scout 2,000+ acres of land settling on two to three farms to hunt from about four or six stands. At this point a hunter will be arguing with himself as where to hunt. He is not settling on a single spot as occurs on a small acreage private lease.
Our land reservation system ensure hunters are on a lease alone during his hunt.
That one aspect alone brings many hunters back year after year through avoidance of knock on door or public lands hunter mentality.
All leases are posted on a county road maps maintained up to date of all current leases on a password protected map web site.
When we recommend a lease to any first year member he can look at the same map sheet we are referencing right down to individually numbered farms. That system insures accuracy when recommending which land to start.
Courtesy of Beau who has been tracking this buck on Association land by scouting for three years.
We are a large acreage hunting lease operation. This creates options for hunters. These options includes three states of seasons to find one which fits limited vacation days.
There is a limit on total number of hunters. Our first limit is a workload limitation. The two Association partners learned a long time ago there is only so much time to dedicated to hunters.
There is also another limit. A limit based on primary and secondary interest of each hunter. Or, for what purpose any one hunter will put his most time on ground. The goal is to ensure we never have too many of any one type of hunter. That gives us our pressure numbers we post to another page.
A contributing limit is the amount of hunting lease land the two Association partners can manage in a year. That runs into the tens of thousands of acres. It is each landowner must be visited twice each year to insure he knows we are watching what he is doing. Not to do this work is to set us up to be taken advantage of. That workload limits the mount of land coverage that is possible.
Our membership cap is soft changing as our land profile does. A result is we can always take more archery hunters for example. There are not enough bow hunters in the entire USA to occupy our lease acreage. Where as our duck hunters are limited by the number of blinds and non-blind spots we will maintain rather than wetlands lease acreage.
While we have lease land which may fill a deer hunter's objective of best quality habitat, we also cater to turkey, upland and waterfowl hunters as well. This multi use approach is a matter of economics. An example would be a prime deer region where lease land is expensive. Any one member's membership cost most likely will not cover that cost per any one lease by himself. However, when combined with others who use the same land at different times the net result is better habitat in better state regions.
That deer hunter occupying a stand at a time on one lease will typically take a day per spot. Opposed to this is a pheasant hunter who will cover 400 to 600 acres of cover a day on a lease that may have a gross acreage of 1,200. The difference is pheasant land is far less costly than deer ground. For both pheasant and deer hunters each may overlap on occasion on the same lease on different weeks. In the end it all balances as long as we do a good job of managing Association hunter's primary and secondary hunter interests to that of the lease land profile by region and acreage.
And, it continues. Within our approach to private land lease operations and hunters they are not limited to one game species or lease. We have Mule and Whitetail Deer, duck and goose, pheasant and quail, Eastern and Rio Grande Turkey. Each hunter may hunt any season. On any lease. In the three states where we manage lease land, Kansas, Iowa or Missouri. It is also that not one hunts it all. No one has energy or time to hunt it all. If folks did we would need to multiply our membership costs several times.
This lease approach to allowing all to hunt all they would like makes for a more enjoyable year. Most will hunt more than one discipline. Rarely does any one hunt more than two disciplines within one year. Those that do, do not have sufficient time to impact any one of those disciplines.
Goose and duck hunting from more than one wetlands.
Our duck hunting wetlands are enhanced pre-existing wetlands. Just like our deer lease land our do it yourself duck hunters are not locked into just one duck blind lease or wetlands lease.
We have several wetlands leases with 20 duck blinds. More wade-in/layout spots. Every hunter has equal access to all of them. No one duck hunter can hunt them all. But all may move from blind to blind or wetlands to wetlands following local populations. None will get bored with the same water.
Pheasant hunting with your own dogs on wild birds free of public land issues.
The limiting factor to our self guided hunting lease operation is the amount of time and road miles that partners Jon Nee and John Wenzel have to acquire land. A critical factor is each lease and landowner is visited twice a year. One visit during the season and once off season. We survey each private land lease as best we can and attempt to cover all the land each year. Mostly we do, sometimes time just runs out. These visits serve to remind the landowner we are watching habitat and his land use. It must substantially remain the same and in compliance with our written lease contract from the time we sign the lease until its closure. As long as the landowner knows we are watching him we will not be taken advantage through attempts to stretch the limits of any contract. Occassionally a landowner will. We simply end the problem.
When it comes to landowners and lease contracts an ideal of the example set by book and TV show Little House On The Prairie where all things are accomplished with a wink of an eye and a handshake still does occur. However, a far more prevalent example are set by those landowners that smile broadly when a non-resident license plate drives into his driveway.
That landowner has an idea that a small group of non-resident hunters will pay a large amount for a small bit of acreage. Before and after that group hunts some landowners often will attempt to have other non-residents lease the same land. The difference between what the hunter and the landowner's lease objectives are at this point are great. The average work-a-day hunter is powerless to enforce his lease desires.
Under our wild game, natural habitat private land lease approach we manage the landowner's actions. With MAHA acting as the hunter's advocate we lease for our hunters good habitat in the right region of each state. We then provide oversight of all lease contracts. Then manage hunters to ensure non-competitive hunts.
There is more about our hunt quality. That is best discussed in a tailored to any one hunter's primary interest telephone conversation. Focus will be on the specific hunt plans. Feel free to call day or evening on most days for a specific and detailed discussion.