Hunting Pressure

What Numbers Mean

Numbers represent self guided hunters who hunted at least one day within each hunting discipline, by season and state.

Hunters may duplicate across hunting disciplines hunting more than one season. Meaning the same hunter is likely a deer hunter and spring turkey or waterfowl and so on.

An illustration would be John Smith bow hunted Iowa, gun hunted Missouri deer season and spring turkey hunted Missouri and Kansas all in the same calendar year. He would be counted 4 times on the pressure numbers.

Same for many waterfowl and upland bird hunters. It is common for waterfowl hunters to also upland bird hunt. It is common for upland bird hunters to hunt more than one state. A single hunter may be listed under more than one category and again in more than one state.

Wild turkeys on Mid America Hunting Association private land.Adding up all the numbers does not equal our total membership.

All pictures on this web site are at courtesy of Association hunters on MAHA land.

Comparison

To gain a more accurate perspective of hunting pressure do this.

Compare any hunter numbers within one category and state to total number of hunting days in a season then the amount of land available.We al;so control hunters through an online or telephone reservation system to prevent over lapp.

Art Of Cover Acres, Not Gross Acres

Most importantly however is our management of properties. It is based on their hunter carrying capacity. Carrying capacity is number of hunting days a unit or individual property can sustain per hunter. Based on the amount of actual huntable acreage for any one spot.

An illustration is a quarter section of CRP grass may sustain anywhere from a 2 to a 4 hour pheasant hunt. While a 480 acre crop farm may support 3 deer hunters one day or 3 deer hunting days for one hunter. No boiler plate one size fits all approach. The spots are geared to insure those who hunt are satisfied, wanting to return as well as make the budget for membership dollars work. Nothing is free and nothing will perfectly fit every hunter every time. Most will at the end of their trip will have the satisfaction of having hunted enough.

Primary and Secondary Hunting Interest

Our membership levels separated by primary/secondary hunting interest is not based on a simple mathematical equation of acreage available by number of hunters.

It is rather based on carrying capacity of the habitat. This is the art of hunting and an intangible made possible by the hunting experience of of our years in this business. The hunter's proof of effectiveness comes from the facts:

That no hunter is denied hunting on his schedule.

Hunters are not in competition with others.

All have a choice of where to hunt each day.

Confidence hunters will have a good hunt is that is what brings membership renewals. This organization is a business, not a good ol' boys club. A difference is treatment to all members is the same without any friendship connections.

Deer

  Modern Gun Muzzleloader Bow
  KS IA MO KS IA MO KS IA MO
2016 80 22 209 22 10 40 134 21 182
2015 83 21 192 31 7 41 129 19 184
2014* 67 15 171 21 3 33 113 17 124
2013 107 9 242 48 6 41 138 41 154
2012 96 18 231 54 4 44 139 39 152
2011 108 9 243 33 5 39 159 49 169
2010 117 14 272 32 12 42 128 44 153
2009 129 27 284 56 17 52 152 36 128
2008 131 29 269 62 16 26 126 53 162
2007 101 25 284 46 11 18 97 47 179
2006 126 12 269 39 13 22 94 35 168
2005 118 16 274 38 11 28 67 32 151
2004 113 13 227 61 7 39 64 20 143
2003 92 14 292 35 1 27 52 19 136
2002 98 5 306 49 2 19 51 16 121
2001 128 16 257 48 2 20 64 12 117
2000 89 2 266 22 0 19 45 3 119
* Year reservations first were 100% done on software.

Deer hunters may hunt two or three of the Association states each season. That hunter is counted once each or up to three times in the numbers to the right.

Resident deer hunters are often counted twice in the same state. Residents are entitled to or frequently hunt more than one season. That is any one resident hunter my hunt bow and gun the same year in the same state. He then is counted once each in each category.

Hunter numbers and spots are not equal. A father and dependent child or wife are counted as two in the numbers above when they hunt the same spot. That means if Kansas had 100 hunters opening day with typically 15% having a child or more with them means 85 spots were occupied. There are over 400 spots in Kansas.

Amongst all deer hunters in our Association 73% as of July 17, 2017 are non-resident to Kansas, Iowa or Missouri traveling in from 41 states. Their average hunt is 9 days, 2 travel, 7 hunting.

More about deer lease access and pressure.

Average deer hunters just wanting a good time.

Chris

Wild quail and pheasant hunting for upland bird dog owning hunters.

Libby

Quail and Pheasant Hunters

  KS IA MO
2016 133 14 47
2015 146 12 39
2014 106 11 62
2013 151 13 44
2012 167 18 47
2011 173 9 32
2010 172 10 34
2009 136 17 49
2008 189 21 66
2007 161 34 74
2006 194 69 113
2005 178 57 130
2004 233 66 176
2003 164 78 114
2002 134 39 120
2001 220 42 171
2000 197 33 194

These numbers include all who hunted pheasant or quail. Those with and without dogs. Pointing and flushing dog hunters.

Upland bird hunters will hunt most a state with a better state forecast. Hunting in other states is often a stopover hunt to shorten their drive.

Kansas will reflect both pheasant and quail hunters. Missouri, even with their occasional pheasant, is considered exclusively quail hunting. Iowa will be a mix of pheasant and quail.

Upland bird hunters below age 40 are more likely to hunt with another person. Those over 40 more often hunt alone.

Actual upland bird hunter membership numbers are less than the highest number listed. Numbers include fathers, children and spouses within a single membership.

November is a low pressure month due to warm temperatures. Most week long vacation hunts are from the last week in November through December holiday period. First two weeks in January a lull in hunters. The last two weeks in January will see a surge.

Missouri spring turkey season

Kevin

Turkey

  Spring Fall
  KS IA MO KS IA MO
2016 137 28 140 15 1 19
2015 143 18 142 18 0 32
2014 137 5 126 11 0 39
2013 144 41 158 24 0 44
2012 136 28 152 16 0 21
2011 165 27 163 12 2 32
2010 153 33 161 21 1 9
2009 157 29 168 19 2 41
2008 176 19 169 21 3 30
2007 163 17 172 12 2 21
2006 159 13 175 23 4 37
2005 140 15 176 16 2 43
2004 105 4 236 13 3 38
2003 128 4 212 11 2 48
2002 169 2 213 14 3 37
2001 116 4 222 10 2 29
2000 87 0 219 4 0 9

No distinction is made between Eastern or Rio Grande Turkey hunters.

Fall turkey season hunters are archery deer hunters, upland bird hunters in Kansas using dogs on turkeys or dedicated fall season turkey hunters.

It is common for one hunter to hunt both Kansas and Missouri being counted twice on this list. Both states have a long overlapping fall and spring season with tags over the counter or online purchase.

Those who spring turkey hunt Iowa are residents or those who seek to fill all five available spring tags. Iowa fall turkey hunting is for residents only.

For every 100,000 acres of land we maintain the average spot is a quarter section, or 160 acres. That makes for 625 spots. If using straight averages and math. Reality is we have around 400 spots per 100,000 acres of land with full (640 acres) and half sections (320 acres) spots making the difference. A spot size is driven by our 1 mile grid road system, the most commonly bought/sold piece of land is a quarter section, cover acres more than gross acres determines how we subdivide any one piece of land.

Missouri waterfowl hunting for goose and duck through all regulated seasons.

Waterfowl

  KS IA MO
2016 12 0 77
2015 15 0 85
2014 14 0 92
2013 18 0 81
2012 14 0 117
2011 15 0 84
2010 4 0 96
2009 10 3 111
2008 16 2 90
2007 11 0 118
2006 13 0 103
2005 9 0 117
2004 19 0 102
2003 29 0 164
2002 5 1 129
2001 34 0 170
2000 12 0 138

Numbers include duck and goose hunters. All who hunted at least one day from early teal, through regular waterfowl, late goose and spring seasons.

They further include all that went waterfowl hunting on the managed Association wetlands as well as all crop fields, ponds, lands and river hunting areas. The numbers are not solely who hunted permanent blind areas.

Many of these hunters, especially those with dogs, also hunted pheasant some quail.

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