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Mid-America Hunting Association
Nothing new or startling in this article. Just acknowledgement we have Iowa archery deer hunting.
Iowa deer bow hunting within Mid-America Hunting Association has the highest ratio of success of all Association deer hunters.
This success effect is related to a filtering affect caused by limited Iowa deer tags. Iowa non-draw year preference point system limiting most to more points than anticipated before successfully drawing a tag seemingly drives away the less dedicated bow hunters. It also attracts archery hunters more willing to put in scouting time when he is successfully drawn.
This effect is additive to the Association hunter who is willing to pay to hunt. Add to this most Association deer hunters travel in from out-of-state all combines into a level of effort and cost which motivates trophy hunting, not wasting all on a scrap rack.
Pre season deer scouting time we have seen over many years makes for as great a potential success enhancer of anything a hunter can accomplish. When scouting any of our leases every deer hunter will have plenty of acreage to find what he selects as his trophy whitetail spot. Or if willing, several spots.
Those who do scout will cover in general 2,000 or more acres. Most settle on generally two to five farms with multiple deer stands.
Many hunters may cover 3 to 5 of our lease land farms within one hunting trip. Anyone attempting to hunt too many properties in too short of a time essentially moves deer around rather than seeks a pattern on any one lease. This difference is lost on many who think more field days over a greater number of farms enhances success. What we have seen is most trophy whitetail are harvested when a hunter does hunt two or more spots. A balance from sticking too long at one spot or moving too quickly to another spot is the million dollar question
Iowa’s bow hunting season has several advantages over our other states. They include their season is during the peak rut. Before firearms season. And, their firearms season is shotgun only.
This peak rut aspect of Iowa’s deer bow season has not been the bonus many believe it might be to attracting bow hunters. While commented on frequently, it still remains that while Iowa bow season has a superior success ratio amongst our hunters, Kansas remains our largest producer of 140+ bucks.
What most say they enjoy about our do it yourself deer hunting are the number of lonely days. This itself is frequently a reward many will seek.
Those coming from high pressure deer hunter states will have become dependent on pushed movement. In the central mid-west a truly natural whitetail deer moves about in a far more limited manner than most realize.
This natural whitetail will not come to the deer hunter unless a hunter injects himself within that movement pattern. Picking that right spot within a pattern then becomes a key point of the hunt. No surprise in this statement. What MAHA provides is that deer hunt opportunity – the right habitat in the right region of Iowa that has a history of trophy production for do it yourself bow hunting.