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Mid-America Hunting Association
Missouri turkey hunting within Mid-America Hunting Association is over tens of thousands of acres. 100% private land, 100% self guided hunts.
Our leases are controlled by a reservation system. This places one hunter per property at a time. Each spot is individually numbered giving accurate communication.
Everyone will be able to be in blind every day they have. All will have a choice of spots where to setup or chase toms. Everyone should after their own scouting have at least two flocks located. Each may chose anytime throughout any season to chase known flocks.
Our un-crowded private land we lease is exclusive to us. It is with game productive habitat. More quantity in terms of more leases than we have hunters each spring.
We provide private lease Missouri Turkey hunting access through a telephone or online reservation system that insures hunter separation. We further provide recommendations on which property where flocks may be found. Hunters simply travels to that lease then makes the rest of his day on his own.
Lodging is by local motel from a MAHA Yellow Pages available online.
Remaining requirements to our Missouri turkey hunting: Simply drive out then hits a field or two. His days are without any time loss of tracking down landowners.
Spring season is mornings only, ending at 1 PM. This leaves plenty of time each afternoon to scout. That can be either turkey or deer scouting. Or, some fishing.
A hunter’s education certification is required if born on or after January 1, 1967.
Regulations require toms to be checked-in at a state certified check-in station or an online system. These check-in stations are readily identifiable and numerous throughout Missouri. Frequently, they are co-located at a gas stations, sporting goods store, bait shop, etc.
Non-resident license is state wide.
Missouri spring season limit is two birds. Only one tom may be harvested in the first week. Only one tom per day up to a spring season limit of two.
Those wanting to maximize their Mid-America Hunting Association membership during spring season also have options of hunting two other Association states. This will allow five spring tags within reasonable driving distance. A handful of hunters each spring will fill five tags in one trip, most will not.
While all three Association states have overlapping spring seasons and plenty of turkeys, attempting cover three states on one trip is a high energy requirement. A better value of a MAHA membership is all can take a more leisurely approach to their hunts. They may enjoy quality of every day without any competitive nature found in most who have hunted public or knock on door access.
More hunters enjoy finding quality of our more leisurely approach. Turkeys are there and so is plenty of land. What is absent after a first trip is any last vestiges of public lands mentality. Any idea of having to beat another guy to whatever might be available is lost. After a first trip or three most Association hunters work towards enjoying their field time rather than making it a race. That enjoyment is expressed through many pages of this web site. Many hunter accounts of their trip, live turkey photos, those who tell of working a tom of choice, typically a large one, than harvesting any first tom that comes in.
Overall, Missouri turkey hunting is hard to find a bad spot. Missouri has 40-50,000+ wild turkeys harvested each spring. With Missouri’s large turkey population everyone may select a new region each spring season just to gain adventure of learning new habitat. This bit of exploration adds quality to every experience. This moving around may just produce someone’s next hot deer spot.
Picture taken by Jon Nee, Association owner.
Missouri fall turkey hunting season generally begins in middle of October. Hunts are day long. Season limit is two of either sex. More fall tags are available in our Association’s adjoining states.
When a business approach is taken, money is spent where a good return is gained. To lease private land in Missouri’s Ozark region is cheap. It may appear to be a better option due to their turkey counts. From a hunt quality aspect that approach fails. Issue is not to fill a tag as tags may be filled anywhere in Missouri. Key issue is hunt quality. For self guided hunters that means better hunting in terms of heavier body weight, beard length, spur or being able to be selective at which tom to harvest from an entire flock. Plus parts of Missouri offers far better trophy deer.
Hunters should look at Missouri by separating Missouri’s Ozark region from that of its agricultural region. Each Missouri region offers two different types of terrain. One more supportive than the other at tag-on success. Each is based on topography.
A more common Eastern Turkey habitat of large woods allowing run and gun, or ridge runner techniques can be easily found in southern Missouri. This is Ozark Mountains country. Where woodlands are as thick as anywhere. Mountains rolling to cliff steep. This region has good turkey counts. Many hunters will be pleased. With large tracks of public land available most notably within Missouri’s Mark Twain National Forest, easy and free access is available.
Less well known by traveling folks, very well known by Missouri residents are large turkey flocks of bigger birds to be found in food rich agricultural regions. Or, north Missouri.
An added bonus of this northern Missouri area is an ability to scout via binoculars. It includes ability to work a roost, or the entire flock, in addition to a single gobbler. A good part is the thrill of being able to watch far more easier and over a longer period of time any tom being worked.
That thrill alone of having eyes on a tom slowly working his way to a hunter’s setup having been as long as 40 to 60 minutes makes both thrill and anxiety. It is one thing to hear a gobble through many trees of an unseen tom to estimate its location. It is quite another to be able to watch a tom. See what he is doing when he gobbles. A great learning experience to see how any tom ignores a hunter for a hen or hangs up just out of range. All these behaviors occur in both mountain and agricultural regions, however in mountain region it is often unseen.
What distinguishes these two Missouri turkey regions beyond their topography is their quality of hunt experience. Mature toms may be effectively harvested in both north and south Missouri. Key difference is the quality or thrill of any hunt. Plus avoidance of public land hunter mentality.
While all who want free on public land will find thousands of acres in Missouri’s Mark Twain National Forest. That is like public land is everywhere. It is inherent in competitive attitudes of beating the other guy mentality.
Most of us have had experiences on public lands where in spite of every precaution taken every hunt is impacted on by others. To go to any Missouri public lands during a short three week spring season is to accept that others will be seen every day. To expect otherwise is to be foolish. The converse is true for north Missouri’s mostly private land.
Within this northern farming region is heavily composed of corn and soybean row crop it is also vastly privately owned. Public land greatly limited. Largest of north Missouri’s public lands are dedicated to waterfowl habitat. Duck hunting is big business in Missouri. A far greater state income generator than spring turkey season.
Northern Missouri frustration is to find any spot. This is where hunters seeks private land permission by knocking on doors. Hopes any acreage found has a flock. He hopes when he hunts all the others the landowner gave permission to hunt also don’t show up. We agree with many this is a fools errand.
Another option is to pay for a private lease. Then wait to see if turkeys come.
A third option is a guide service that does all the work for every hunter. Hunters are simply set in place for a fee. That of course fails to meet any do it yourself turkey hunt test requirement most hunters seek.
A fourth option is our approach. Specifically for those who seeks quality of their hunt above all else.
Association Missouri land we lease has good habitat in select regions of Missouri. Land with a history of good hunts. In addition we have a customer service interest at getting every self guided hunter the hunt he wants. That is so hunters will return. And, we have local lodging. Once we get a hunter to a farm or farms where he parks his truck he takes the rest from there and hunts alone. Or, with his buddy of choice.
Greg with another.