Private Land Hunting
Private land hunting for self guided hunters.
This has been our only function of Mid-America Hunting Association since its inception in 1965.
Servicing average work-a-day hunters who simply need land access to find their buck of choice. Trophy whitetail to their definition of a trophy.
In spite of many influences to provide corporate packages, guided options, private to one hunter leases, credit card sales or franchise licensing we refused all. It may have been that we are not smart enough or business savvy enough to include such money making activities. We simply stick to what we know. That is leasing private land hunting access. End results after all of these years is a refinement to as good as it can be. Or, acquiring private land huntable habitat within regions of Kansas, Missouri, Iowa, where success is possible.
It appears we were right with avoidance of distracting business offshoots.
Others Have Come Then Gone Away
There are trophy whitetail to be hunted.
As is true anywhere hunts includes less than top 10% trophys. We promote quality private land hunting experience. Harvest a trophy defined by its hunter.
Mid America Staff:
Greetings from northern Indiana, Rex and Deb [last name deleted] checking in with a summary of this season's first trip this year. You may recognize me alone, however, my wife has recently retired from her school nursing position. She is done being a winter season widow. So in future pics you should see my wife Deb in pictures with me as well as her own future trophies. We combined an [location deleted] muzzleloader option with bow season opener, let's get started.
We arrived in to greet 90 degree temperatures. Needless to say movement was mostly limited to near dark last few minutes of each evening. We bumped around to several new locations that looked good on terra server. I expected what we saw that being plenty of doe with some buck on every property. We had set standards high wanting a Boone & Crocket class buck. Never saw one. However, several good bucks up to 140 range were in my sights on more than one occasion. We let all of them pass. We saw lots of turkeys, plenty of beautiful sunsets. We left empty handed, but gained some valuable info that will influence my rifle choice.
Towards end of September we headed to a favored past spot, hoping to get some cooler temps which did hold a few days. My wife has never been in a tree stand before. She got some good experience doing so with me right beside her. We got her a bow a month earlier. She was holding a good pattern from 20 yds, so I was going to turn her loose on any doe within range. Day 6 we had a nice opportunity, then wouldn't you know it a 4" diameter tree jumped in the way. She stuck her arrow in solidly about 12' up. I had to take my climber over to retrieve it, she was so embarrassed. I told her I have done that several times, so don't feel bad.
As it turned out we had close encounters almost every time out, but with no other shot opportunities. But on this trip's last evening before we headed home the Lord changed my luck. I had a nice pope & young buck come within range.
I have never taken a deer with archery equipment in a ground blind. We picked a fence row from which watching a standing bean field, right before dark a nice 9pt showed up. He gave me a 15 yard shot. With Debs help, (calming me down) and my Tenpoint crossbow, we got it done. He only went about 40 yds after my shot, but we had a 1½ mile drag. We didn't have a deer cart, so we fashioned a carrying pole lashing it to it. Away we went with it. It wasted us.
We were staying in a state park where park officials said I could hang a deer if I got one. So next morning there were several onlookers checking it out. One older couple in particular talked awhile saying how he used to love to hunt but couldn't get out much any more due to some health problems from work related illness caused by asbestos poisoning. So we decided to take it over to their home and help them prepare it. They were so thankful. It made us feel great to do it. We received this card shortly after we got home.
We both feel that Mid America is a great organization. We can represent it with integrity. We donated venison to local people several times, as Bible states in Matthew 10: 8 "...freely you have received, freely give." We have been on club land over 5 years having taken many animals; it isn't so much any trophy that you harvest, but making memories by meeting new people, sharing His Word, as well as some of His bounty.
In closing, Deb is anxiously waiting to go on a follow up archery trip to try her luck again on a nice deer. I will never hear any end of it if she takes a bigger buck than me. I will have the pleasure of witnessing her first club archery kill, hopefully get it on tape.
God Bless, Rex and Deb
Thank you two. Congratulations on a harvest. Good luck to Deb, always good to see a new hunter.
Over years we watched other private land groups attempt to replicate our business model. Some were successful over short periods. Most eventually failed due to many reasons that included distraction. Those that may still operate have evolved into a different form than their original concept.
Not All Are Accepted
We do not pretend to be right covering all hunters seeking private land hunting access. We further learned to screen out those who past experience has told us would not be a good fit. Those we do seek to allocate memberships to are a narrow segment far less than most other groups accept. One difference of being an Association, not a hunting club.
Or, we have more land, fewer hunters. Most importantly productive habitat within historic trophy regions of Kansas, Iowa, Missouri. Servicing those who seek private land hunting free of competition. It does come at a cost. A favorably competitive cost compared to acquiring a smaller piece of heaven by other means.
Rules establish the relationship between hunters and Association. Association means a group of similar minded others. Rules control behavior to insure all get one same product, service. We keep life simple. All communications are grounded in published rules.
Association's membership agreement states three points. Pay your money, get to hunt. Second, agreement to follow published rules. Third, a release of liability form stating all are solely responsible covering their selves should injury, death or damage occur.
Good & Bad
Testimonials will provide a variety of perspectives. We publish them all, good or bad.
Bad testimonials have had an interesting effect. Those prospects who call us focusing solely on negative testimonials we quickly recognize as those who seek to frame their world as they want it to be rather than how it actually is. An attitude added to every application screening.
Our private land hunting is as good as it can be. We never say it is perfect. Those who balance an objective approach to evaluating their private land hunting options when talking to us seem to have greater success later.
From our rules, membership agreement to testimonials prospective Association applicants can develop questions which seek to answer common concerns. First of which is how often will any hunter be able be in stand on his schedule, where he wants to.
Answers to this question as does all other answers comes first from our web site. Then a telephone discussion with one of two MAHA partners, John Wenzel and Jon Nee. After that discussion then a talk with several other Association hunters to gain their evaluation is in order.
A point about good habitat within productive regional locations is first addressed in we do not operate a lodge. Meaning we do not limit ourselves to any driving distance around a lodge for land acquisitions.
Our approach is to make the entire state available to us. We simply spend money we must earn where we get a good return.
On a similar note we do not limit ourselves around larger metropolitan areas such as Kansas City, Omaha, Des Moines or St. Louis.
With St. Louis being our largest metropolitan area a business standpoint may make sense to have a lot of private land hunting just outside of St. Louis. Not a good choice though as St. Louis area is in the upper Mississippi River Valley. Its quick drainage, flat land, is very efficiently farmed. It lacks cover. Or simply not enough non-plowed ground.
Another area of concern to prospective members are rules. Then how they are enforced. Our answer is they are enforced without emotion. With absolute parity. If any discrepancy is raised its analysis is based on published rules. Not anyone's good ideas. As with any organization that has rules there will be rule violators. Our response is simple.
This organization does not have a rehabilitation program when rules may be violated. Only a retribution response exists. We simply keep life easy. Published rules are immutable. Either there is compliance in full or not. No gray area.
That approach has retained good hunters. It has ejected others. If looking hard enough there will be those found that criticize us. They will state how unfair we may have been. Any who listen to such complaints should also take time to talk to current Association hunters. Gaining a balanced perspective should lead to more accurate analysis. Bad members who are dis-enrolled are just like bad children. In both cases it was not their fault. It was always fault of something else that caused their discipline.
Association Private Land Hunting Value
Quality of private land, in trophy regions of select cover.
ability to select when during any season to spend in stand,
value of cost compared to deer spots available on any one trip,
Association rules controlling good in-the-field experiences.
If all options are investigated. With prospective Association hunters having an objective evaluation basis comparing any private land hunting option. Most will find this one attractive.
Confidence in this self guided hunter organization is because of us having worked it longer, harder than anyone else. Right from this Association's beginning in 1965. Never wavering into other business ventures.