All our land is privately held. Meaning no public access.
"A fine morning hunting with my dad on Mid-America land."
Early season teal from one of our wetlands.
Private land hunting in Mid-America Hunting Association extends beyond small acreage single landowners. Our collective buying power gains us access to large private land landowners seeking a structured and safe organization to lease their hunting rights access. A lot of impact is contained within that last statement.
Hunting Leases Deny Average Hunter Access
The first impact is from what people often describe as themselves being as an average hunter. They are being shut out of private hunting land access through paid hunting leases such as the Association. That is not true.
An overwhelming percentage of landowners we lease from are large acreage operations. They also exist as a business. These landowners give nothing away for free and certainly do not want their busy days punctuated by those that seek free land access. This businessman class landowner seeks to maximize his profits through hunter access will only be by payment. The only answer they will provide as it is about their bottom line.
Average hunters fail to see such a business approach as reasonable. Hunters cling to an idea they should receive private land hunting access at no cost to them under all conditions. The failing in this concept is typically that same hunter would not extend his personal services or resources to any other at no cost but expect others to do so for him. That basic hypocrisy is rampant within "average" hunter communities. A failing to understand not just changes in hunting, but our society as a whole.*
The above one sided viewpoint of the world comes from those who see their world as they want it to be rather than recognize the world for what it really is. In this case, it is large acreage landowners exist to make money. Not to give assets away for free. MAHA then bridges landowners' to hunters.
Kevin, one the hard way.
The Average Hunter Can Get His Own Spot
If He Works For It
We, MAHA, too exist as a business. Not as a hunting club. To that end we seek maximum gain for time and money spent. Our greatest gain is from large landowners not small acreage individual farm operators. That by itself leaves many small acreage private land farms available for knock-on-door free land access.
Now the average hunter simply needs to get off his backside. He needs to spend many hours and road miles to find that private hunting land access. He would be better to do that than complain about hunting leases taking his hunting away.
John here a few pictures of some bird hunts in [location deleted] I have found the habitat to be good but the bird # are down a little from the last couple of years going to [location deleted] sat. for a few days will send more pictures and a report when I return, I also want to thank everyone else for the reports thanks, Rick.
MAHA Gives Back To Average Hunters
MAHA is a safe organization for business based landowners. That is due to our existence as a business entity, liability insurance coverage and structured reputation amongst landowner clients. That by itself has gained us much private hunting land access.
Compared to a single hunter seeking private land hunting access. The hunter must present himself in such a manner to gain complete trust from unknown landowners. The question then must be asked why should any landowner trust an individual hunter?
Take a look at our costs and analyze by days in the field and acreage covered. The cost we charge to spend your time hunting rather than hunting for a place to hunt is not cheap, but very reasonable. Costs are also based on average usage, not hunting all of our three states for every season. Average usage amounts to a range of 7 to 16 days a year.
Collective Buying Power
An average large lease is 8,000 through 14,000 acres. Our all time record was a single business was one with 33,000 acres. Few, if any small friendship group of hunters are likely to afford to pay for an 8,000 acre lease. What this Association does is brings back that acreage to average hunters. Any one hunter will not hunt it all. However, within that much acreage he is likely to find several spots he would like to hunt.
Value Of Large Acreage Corporate Farm Operations
Large corporate farms are commodity operation. They keep a single equipment set and objective for their operation. Notice we said farming as we work with grain production farms. We do not lease ranch land, or from corporate cattle operations. We lease where there is food and once having food there is better hunting.
Contrast a corporate farm with a small acreage, anything under 3,000 acre family farm. The family farm is likely to be diversified with cattle in the non-plow ground.
Value to Association hunters is a corporate farm brings a higher quality wildlife acre for dollars spent than does a small farm operation.
I Don't Need A Thousand Aces
That is true. Few hunters actually hunt more than a couple hundred acres at a time. If all that is wanted is one spot or two near by then there are plenty of small landowners willing to let others hunt it. And, hunt it without controls.
The Association's value is ability to cover ground. It is by scouting/hunting multiple spots that it is more likely a hunter will find what he is after. An opposed idea is to have one spot or two and hope for more luck than hunting skill to achieve success.
Why Pay For What I Am Not Using
The Association offers more land in any one of its three states than any one hunter could hunt. If that is true then why pay more for what is not used.
Take a closer examination of the costs paid per year. Compare that to the acreage any hunter will hunt. Illustrations:
Deer hunters typically tell us they will have 3 to 6 spots they want to hunt. They may not actually hunt all of those spots each trip. However, they like having that flexibility of choice. Average acreage per any spot is a quarter section, or a 160 acres. If only hunting one spot of 160 acres at current annual dues brings that cost to $8.13 per acre. Extrapolate that to include most Association deer hunters do hunt 3 to 6 quarter sections or 480 to 960 acres total brings cost per acre to $1.35. Now contrast any of these costs to those who travel, fuel, lodging, meals, effort, to find just one for themselves hunting spot and hope that one spot works.
Duck Hunters have choices. In this region choice is: of a farm pond that may have two or more good hunts in a season to public wetlands or a private wetlands. Farm ponds if having many often allow for a season of good hunts. Public wetlands in this area are well managed through a reservation system that seeks equal access to all who want to hunt. Not all will be able to hunt as often as they have time. There are always more who apply for public wetland spots than spots available. Many private wetlands groups of many sizes do exist to fill needs of local duck hunters. MAHA is just one of those. What MAHA duck hunters get is over 800 acres of enhanced wetlands over several wetlands of marsh, slough, open water. On and off crop fields. Or, ability to go where ducks may be than to have just one spot and hope they show. Compare our costs to any single blind lease or private club and we are very competitive.
Upland Bird hunters want to be on wild birds in good numbers to make memorable hunts. The Association having land from southern Iowa through north Missouri, from east to west Kansas means there will be good pheasant and quail hunting every year. It is a matter of where that better hunting will be based on weather effects and reproduction survival. A common feedback is satisfaction of having hunted enough along with tranquilly of being left alone with their dogs. Hard to come by on public lands.
Not For All
We do not pretend we are the answer for all hunters. Further, we have never allocated Association hunter slots to all who have applied. This Association fits one niche within a larger industry. For those wanting self guided, private land hunts in Kansas, Iowa or Missouri, for deer, turkey, pheasant, quail, waterfowl, then we may be the right choice. Membership application procedure.