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Mid-America Hunting Association
Missouri waterfowl hunting capabilities within this Association are well defined throughout the pages of this web site. This page covers less of the Association capabilities and more of the intangible finer points that makes it all work.
Self guided Missouri waterfowl hunting is balancing the wetlands with over all Association hunter profiles. The intent is never to have more waterfowl hunters than blind space for them. Further counted into the equation are the field hunters as well as the growing population of wade-in and layout boat hunters.
This works well for most of the season having blinds available at any time. Usually blinds are open on each of our wetlands areas. The other than usual times include the opening weekend and during sharp peak migrations. During those periods sharing blinds does happen. That point alone about the need to share blinds at select times when normally it is not a case does spoil the hunter.
MAHA private wetlands are within historic micro flyways of the Mississippi Flyway within Missouri. We develop water level manageable wetlands for duck attracting habitat with nearby crop fields for goose set ups. We have been in the duck business since the 1960’s and our chest wader access sturdy blinds, millet and smart weed planted wetlands with open water in the right place means as good of duck potential as possible. With the recent warm winters the ducks have laid over in our area far longer than typical and much to the detriment of the Southern hunters.
Within the three states MAHA leases private land Missouri is by far the best as it has the right habitat on the large scale required to attract hundreds of thousands of ducks and geese. We manage five wetlands, one dry land near a power plant cooling lake that has open water through any winter and over a hundred watershed lakes and farm ponds spread on tens of thousands of acres of private land we lease.
The adventure continues through a variety of blinds on several different types of wetlands rather than the doldrums of the same duck blind each time out. While duck blind reservations are for the entire day rarely are our duck hunters there that long.
Within this waterfowl web site we offer many snapshots of our blinds and wetlands during the season at appropriate water level. We also offer these pictures showing how we get to the waterfowl attracting during the season wetlands. This picture is of just one blind and one timbered pothole on a wetlands of several blinds on open water and flooded through timber showing some summer time work.
The photo above was taken in June after our first failed planting. When the flood water receded we re-planted this pool by hand since it was too muddy for even a four wheeler. At the time it seemed like a shot in the dark, but conditions worked in our favor to establish a good stand of millet to feed the ducks this fall.
Since this picture was take the millet headed out just fine, the slough flooded, the blinds were covered with fresh camouflaging rippy grass and then the wait was on for weather and migration.
Another photo taken from the same wetland of a pot hole that was planted to millet. We have the inflow gate open to take water on the first opportunity possible. This area flooded after teal and before the regular waterfowl season precluding our having to pump. This pot hole is between the creek that many from other state describe as a river and a short walk through the trees to the main wetlands and near an open water blind area. This is typical of our waterfowl areas to have segregated areas.
From planting to grow up before head development and before flooding.
Below are results from the food plot above