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.
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.
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.
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 the Association partners Jon Nee and John Wenzel. 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.
* 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 February 8, 2017 are non-resident to Kansas, Iowa or Missouri traveling in from 41 states. Their average hunt is 9 days, 2 travel, 7 hunting.
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.
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.
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.