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Mid-America Hunting Association
Self guided Kansas quail hunting on private land. Season long hunting availability. We provide the land, the hunter makes his own quail hunt.
Most will agree a picture of a good hunting dog is better than a limit. This is Kelley, a field trial prospect reject. She turned into one very good hunting dog.
Mid-America Hunting Association has existed since 1965 providing private Kansas hunting land wild quail from its first day of existence.
The Association hunters are entirely composed of average upland bird hunters who seek land access beyond that of public or knock-on-door.
This is a self guided hunting organization. No guides or outfitters to say where, when or how to hunt. It is for those that enjoy hunting their own dogs.
Late season hunting in Kansas showing part of a slow to rise covey, Tommy. Steady to point, wing and shot.
Hunting is by a telephone reservation. It is located on an online road map library of all Kansas hunting land in inventory.
The reservation is to a live person with immediate confirmation. We will assist with Kansas hunting recommendations based on these maps.
We will work at developing an itinerary for each hunting day. Once the reservations are made the hunter simply drives to the reserved Kansas land and hunts. No knocking on doors, no checking in with the landowner, no time spent not hunting.
That one part about after the Association staff gives ideas of where to hunt and the reservation is made. The hunter is then responsible for the rest of his hunt. The tough part is the willingness to walk, shooting ability and dog power. The Association staff that does hunt their own upland bird dogs knows full well how hard wild Bobwhite hunts can be.
Lodging is by local motel with a listing available from the Association. Hunters make their own reservations.
All must have a willingness to walk as all hunting is on true wild quail over much grain field edge cover.
More Kansas hunting land will be available to hunt each day than there will be daylight hours available. Each may be hunting a different spot each time stepping from the truck each day, every day of the trip without crossing his tracks or mixing dogs with another.
Protective cover will be edge ranging from grass, to brush to mature trees. All will be along waterways, fence lines and wood patches adjoining grain fields.
There is a tranquility to be gained from the satisfaction of having hunted enough at the end of each trip. That tranquility comes from the Kansas hunting land and the coveys are out there. It is the hunter hunts at his own pace to find them. It is the speed of that pace that often determines the coveys found. All without the distraction of being cutoff by another or knocking on doors hoping someone is home that may grant access.
Dogs from the same Kansas hunters about 27 years apart above and below. That is Jon Nee at right. One of the two of us who will assist with recommendations of where to hunt.
The advantage you get with this hunting Association is we are on MAHA’s Kansas private lease land year round observing nesting, food, cover and weather effects that creates a calibrated eye of what type of hunting land to lease in the future.
Kansas hunting also offers the most quail habitat variety. That habitat is over grain field edged with tree lines, fence rows, grassed waterways, brush and fallow ground. Next are the brush filled draws and through grain field waterways. The final cover that is unique to Kansas, will offer a chance at pheasants is the native or tall grass.
The best aspect often told to us by new to the Association hunters is the ability to go hunting without mixing dogs up with other hunters. Or, falling in on the heels of others. This leaves the day to those that enjoy the company of their dogs above all else. Many who hunt several years in the Association soon begin hunting alone from other hunters as they become a nuisance to the day with the dog.
All may be hunting on their schedule, on game productive habitat at anytime during the Kansas season. The only way to beat what we offer is to lease your own twenty thousand acres of Kansas land and keep everyone off it. Until then we are the best average hunter Kansas option.
The difference remains that Kansas includes pheasant.
Kansas also offers one more option to the do it yourself upland bird hunter. That is the Prairie Chicken. This added adventure of covering new ground after a different bird adds that extra bit of motivation we all need when the walks seem to get longer.
For the Bobwhite Quail purist he will find that as well. The Kansas watershed grain farming region is where the coveys will be found. It is out from the tall grasslands and cattle range. It is in this country where the pheasant is as rare as the Prairie Chicken. This is where coveys have the transitional edge cover with warm weather bug and cold weather waste grain food sources that keep them anchored.
Our Kansas winter weather allows good hunting through January.
Kansas wild Bobwhite Quail are this Association’s highest risk hunting. That hunting risk is often the difference between expectations and reality. The examples below have been offered by a number of Kansas hunters over the years:
A successful upland bird hunter of any bird native to his home state such as Ruffed Grouse reads the many Kansas hunting articles. They often promote the romantic appeal of wild quail. That romantic appeal of much dog action on more open ground is highly attractive compared to the very closed in woods of grouse hunting.
Bobwhite hunting in particular works well for pointing dogs. The intensity of the dog on bird action is the most to be found. That intensity is the fast frequency of singles points that occur after the covey point. A type of action more intense than any non-covey bird and all other covey bird hunting.
The assumption leading to a failed Kansas wild quail experience is the hunter believing his dog that is good on grouse will be a good quail dog. That frequently is not the case.
Bobwhite Quail are protective cover specialists. They occupy a very narrow range of cover. A grouse dog given to widely variable circle hunting patterns around its master will frequently be too far into or out of the narrow range edge the quail occupy. This will easily lead to by-passed coveys.
It is the down wind edge running dog that finds the most coveys. A linear pattern absent from many hunting and field trial dogs.
A hunting dog that did well in training on pen raised quail does not live up to expectations on wild quail. The difference comes down to finding less scent intensity coveys on natural Kansas terrain. Contrast this to a training field of pen raised scent heavy birds. Two different hunting dog skill sets entirely.
A less of an issue as dogs will quickly learn the difference. However, that learning may take several hunting trips on wild quail. This is an issue for hunter’s patience, not dog learning capability.
Thirty to 80 quail were seen in a day and it was a bad hunt. We have heard this. It is surprising as the daily limit is 8.
Typical to this is the discovery that Bobwhite Quail that hold so well for great dog work are ground loving birds. They often give about 2 seconds of flight time before returning to ground. Tougher shooting than on any skeet or sporting clays range.
Keep a sense of humor to have a better hunting.
Anything less than the 25 coveys a day like we had in Texas is poor hunting not worth the trip to Kansas to hunt 8 coveys.
The covey hunting only states require such covey numbers for a good day’s worth of hunting. However, in Kansas the more humid, cooler temperatures, allows us to hunt coveys and singles. This is due to that hunting singles is part of every covey.
Our hunting for shot is on singles immediately and long after the covey flush. To shoot into a covey is to wound as many as to bag one. This is given the open chokes of most quail guns and the tight patterns of the covey on the rise. The hunting of singles after the covey flush is to get the dog on many more points and a clean shot at a single quail.
In Kansas on a five covey day of relaxed hunting an average of 8 singles points are gained. That is 40 points. More than plenty even with a greater than 50% miss rate to bag a limit.
The final one is that Kansas’ hunting is simply bad. Meaning no birds. Due to every reason other than the hunter or the dog.
We will get this from a first year Association hunter on his first Kansas upland bird hunting trip. This has been true even on the years of top 10% forecasts.
There is more good Kansas hunting than bad. There are more good hunters than bad. It will always be true that Kansas wild quail hunters will be a minority as they have been in the past. It will remain true that a Kansas bag limit is as challenging as a trophy whitetail hunt. Our highest risk hunt.
There is more to consider about this Association’s Kansas hunting. All should feel free to call with questions. Any one question often brings a detailed answer with additional points to consider.
Kansas quail hunting success pictures are fine. They establish the Kansas hunt quality that is possible. It is acquisition of the right combination grain farm and edge cover habitat within the right region of Kansas that has a history of strong quail reproduction that is key.
A second aspect of the pictures is they are of average Kansas hunters.
Basic transportation, minimal equipment. Hunters and their dogs. As self guided hunts have always been. Just the basics.
No mule drawn wagon, hunting lodges or meals provided. All those that have the wherewithal will find the hunt they want.
The Kansas private land hunting we have derives from the combination of protective cover and winter over food source.
The following pictures do as best we can to show where to hunt.
Kansas wild quail hunts as demonstrated by dogs on point.
Belle and Jerry
A singles point well after covey flush.
Another field a different day. What cannot be seen behind the camera man is the grain field on the other side of the wooded drainage.
A third hunt. What these three show is fallow lease land.
The why behind the trust the previous point pictures are worth the time to study. Jerry, his one dog and a partial day’s results.
Jerry is one of the Association quail only hunters that has the ability to have had and does continue to have many a good dog.
He is above average in the number of years he has been hunting in his Association. He is below average as he runs one dog at a time. Most Association hunters hunt a brace.