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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 ay 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.
One example of a banger day and not representative of every trip.
Al and Frank two of a group that now totals eight adults that come together for various hunts throughout the season.
When they show a picture with the canoe that is a giveaway they were hunting other than Association permanent blinds. The blinds having chest wader shooting pools do not require a boat to retrieve. This group is without a dog and use the canoe for deep water retrieve on ponds, sloughs, lakes.
The best of our information is 1-3 days old.
Duck season started out with some above average early hunting, but the temperatures averaged over 70 degrees, which created hit or miss hunting.
The water conditions in Henry County have been as dry as we have seen in over 20 years. Many members have been used to the close drive to Henry County and were not willing to make the drive to our wetlands in the north zone, but still enjoyed some decent hunting on the water that was available.
Last weeks abrupt cold front froze the wetlands in both the middle and north zones, but some of the best mallard hunting is yet to come for the dedicated hunter with the decoys and gear to make it happen.
Scouting for open water and fields the geese are using will be up to the hunters from now till the end of the season. Good luck and be careful with the ice and water that is over chest wader in depth.
Reasonable expectation is always a sensitivity to us due to the range of hunters in the Association. Many times the expectation of hunt quality is outside that reasonable of hunting in any case of guided or unguided. The many pictures on this web site represent the best of the days over several seasons. They are not intended to show the routine day. For most there are more days of less than limits than there ever will be days with limits.
Nothing new in this article to Mississippi Flyway hunters explaining why Missouri wetlands and waterfowl hunting is as good as it is. This page recognizes we draw Association hunters from the east and west coast that may not be familiar with the Mississippi Flyway. Secondly, while we have land in Kansas and Iowa it is by our choice to maximize the money spent by developing Missouri wetlands over that of Kansas or Iowa. It is not that we only promote Missouri waterfowl hunting. It is that Missouri gives us the most waterfowl for the money we do spend and thereby better hunts for the Association hunters.
Our prime duck and goose hunts are technically on the Mississippi Flyway, however our area greatly benefits from the Central Flyway. This benefit is from our location at the convergence of the large river systems concentrating migrating ducks and geese.
Missouri State and its wetlands are at the convergence of three major watersheds: the Missouri in blue, upper Mississippi in brown and Ohio in orange.
Missouri draws from the upper reaches of Canada from central to eastern Great Lakes regions. Passing south through our area to the coastal winter over areas in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas and Alabama during the coldest winters and layover in our area during the warm winters that have been more common this past 5 to 8 seasons. In either case Missouri waterfowl hunting is different based on temperature as the early season on cold winters finds an early peak migration in late November and late season on the warm winters has a later peak migration in late December.
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 sets. 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 to be found anywhere. With the recent warm winters the ducks have laid over in our area far longer than typical and much to the detriment of the Arkansas 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 six wetlands, one dry land near a power plant cooling lake that has open water through any winter and over a thousand watershed lakes and farm ponds spread on tens of thousands of acres of private land we lease.
Hard core local duck and goose hunters that hunt mostly the weekends and occasional late afternoons will bag 250 to 500 ducks in a season across a range of wetlands. Non-residents that travel our way do so for the obvious reason of more ducks in our area than theirs. However, what they most comment on besides the abundance of ducks is the fact they have a place to hunt every time and any time they wish to hunt. And, it is not just one place to hunt, but several places.
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.