This page on deer stands adds to taking away some of the mystery about our deer hunting lease conditions. It is intended for those new to the Missouri, Kansas or Iowa. The video at right is a quick overview. The information below the same in greater detail.
Pictured below is a typical deer stand placement (in this case sent in by one of our senior and very dedicated trophy whitetail hunters) that may be found on our southern Iowa, all of Missouri and most of eastern Kansas.
Mid-America Hunting Association allows all types of deer stands as long as what is put in a tree can be and is taken down by the hunter at the end of the hunt or the season. Stands may be placed at the hunter's risk of loss. Deer stands to include climbers and screw in steps are permissible. More than 90% of our deer hunters spend the entire hunting season in stands. The few that walk up or still hunt while having some success do not compare favorably to the better success of those hunting from stands.
The only value these pictures provide is to remove one more unknown aspect about our deer hunting. Looking closely will show a ladder, then climbing sticks and a lock-on. Deer hunters should bring far more lock-ons than climbers. Our tree grow out as much as up rendering climbers useless most of the time.
The big open of western Kansas does have in spots tress capable of deer stands for both gun and archery.
The trail under this stand is strictly by wildlife as no cattle fence surrounds this farm
This happens to be south central Kansas.
When it comes to trees for deer stands, Iowa and Missouri will offer choices well in excess of any hunter's demand leaving the hunter only to bring as many deer stands as he can carry. While Iowa and Missouri requires no further discussion of deer stands or tree availability, Kansas is another story.
Many good deer spots in Kansas will limit archery hunters and leave rifle hunters with long range shots.
This one lease is such an example of good Kansas deer hunting and limited tree/deer stand opportunity.
This deer spot is a 1/4 section, 1/2 mile square of 160 acres of land. The crop fields occupy 50 - 60 acres leaving the rest to wildlife. This wildlife area is further enhanced for our purposes as it has no cattle fence and the owners specialize in grain crops only. The wildlife area in the center of the picture cannot be seen from the road or any farm yard. The surrounding farms are also large grain crop fields without cattle (cattle commonly receive daily attention from the farmer adding human pressure to any land). Walking this lease the first time allowed us to put up 22 deer. That kind of deer concentration is not common. The largest tree on the left side of the picture is the only tree stand capable tree on this 40 - 50 acre wildlife spot.
Some of the deer we were able to get a picture of that were bedded down in the grass and brush that ranged from 2 to 15 feet. And of course, where we put up deer was well away from stand capable trees.
The tree suited for stand would allow the rifle hunter good coverage of this large open area.
Another case on a different deer lease where the buck sign was strong, the cover thick and the trees available for stand limited.
This picture presentation is not to represent all the tree and deer stand conditions to be found in Kansas. The intent of this web page is to prepare the first time central mid-west deer hunter that he may require some versatility if hunting in particular regions. That versatility may also include a ground blind. And, we will assist the deer hunter at selecting the region most well suited to his deer hunting preferences.
This deer stand section may appear that we are emphasizing the negative in that in all areas tree stands deer hunters will be hard placed to find a tree to put that stand in. That is not the intended result. We do want to illustrate that in some areas of trophy deer hunting individual trees for stand may be isolated. Those deer hunters that do well in such country also hunt with decoys, rattling, grunting, doe bleat, attracting scents and most common of all, hunt October when bucks are most influenced to be drawn in for shot.
About as open as it gets for some of our Kansas deer country.
Those trees would allow a 40 foot high stand for a lock on with wrap around extension and screw in steps. Shooting range is well in excess of 400 yards in all directions and the ground cover in tall grass, 3 - 6 feet high. Deer beds are easily found throughout such fields. And once again we see the limitations contained within one snapshot of a picture is that this tree and field is isolated from direct observation from any road or farm yard. No adjoining pasture, the neighbor's land is in grain. Most would not hunt this spot. The Association staff knows otherwise.