Duck Hunting Lease

Duck hunting lease with Mid-America Hunting Association differs from other waterfowl options. We do not limit hunters to just one blind or wetlands. We have multiple blinds, multiple wetlands plus field set and open water waterfowl hunting. Each hunter having equal opportunity to hunt the spot of his choice.

missouri duck hunting lease

The sign at our office.

unguided duck self guided huntingCut a few trees, build a levee with a gated pipe along a well known micro flyway creek bottom and when it floods we have a prime Missouri waterfowl spot.

Sounds easy? It took two years of work to get this wetlands to that point it could be hunted.

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See the blind to the right.

Private Land Duck Hunting Lease With Choices

When hunters call interested in a what they think we offer they frequently have the preconceived idea of a single blind for the season. Or join in with a small group of others on a single wetlands with a few blinds. We take another approach that has proven far more effective over the years since 1965 at retaining our hunters with us for decades. That approach is not to limit any one hunter to just one blind or one wetlands. Our hunters may select on any given day from 30 blinds spread over several private wetlands as well as a number of wade-in areas, farm ponds, and watershed lakes.

In short we provide not just one private hunt spot but several and all without any of the hunters doing any of the work than just to hunt. And, there is more to our waterfowl hunts. Every bit of it is unguided.

Benefits and Consequences To Our Duck Hunting Lease Approach

There are benefits and consequences to each of the options that may be considered. We will list only those points our long term Association waterfowl hunters have stated as reasons they renew their membership and those for why some decline applying for a MAHA membership.

The central reason for remaining a Association waterfowl hunter for a decade or more is the ability to hunt different wetlands. The point made by some was they are more effective in one type of dry or wetlands habitat over another.

The counter point to this rationale is that some waterfowl hunters enjoy the stability of one wetlands, learning it and remaining with that one spot. The difference appears to be between those that enjoy the adventure of different scenery of different wetlands over that of routine.

The ease of the waterfowl hunt is also well enjoyed meaning the hunter simply telephones in a reservation to a numbered blind and goes and hunts. The counter point is that waterfowl hunters are a social group and many small groups want a single blind they can hunt without the need of checking in. The difference is we exist for the hunt and not social activities. Our blinds may seat up to five hunters that may want to hunt together, however we have seen the birds are not dedicated to any one wetlands throughout the season and especially not to any one blind. The hunters that stay with us for years move to where the ducks are, not necessarily where they want them to be.

The final argument for any duck hunting lease method has a similar emotional base to it as the one immediately listed above and similar to the deer hunter. Both want their own place that they can manage to their own taste.

Many hunters want their own duck hunting lease to build into their ultimate spot. We actually agree and support this attitude. We, the Association staff, have our own land that we develop for ourselves as our own little playground. And, playground is what it is. When it comes to serious waterfowl hunts we go where the birds are and far more frequently they are elsewhere than the MAHA partner's own farms.

Late season hunts are always hit and miss when the water starts to freeze, but like all other types of hunts, those that get out often and are able to hunt weekdays as well as weekends seem to have the best success.

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In the case of the MAHA partners, Jon Nee maintains a large watershed pond and slough. John Wenzel has a woody creek, not much, but something interesting to watch through the seasons. His ponds with adjoining fields have a weak to average greenhead take. The difference is that Jon Nee's farm is in the Lower Missouri River Basin and John Wenzel's farm is in a better location for developing quail habitat for bird dog training as well as to keep his horses. However, the value to both is these two hunters and land managers recognize and understand habitat. It is habitat that brings our quality waterfowl hunts meaning wetlands in the right area of the Lower Missouri River Basin enhanced with water level control, plantings, tree cutting and blind posting that attract ducks. It is Missouri waterfowl that is our best waterfowl hunt.

The duck hunting lease decision criteria comes down to one basic choice. The self guided hunter can buy land, build or manage his own wetlands, cover his own blinds, pump his own water and have one dedicated wetlands or blind to hunt. Or, the hunter can have the flexibility to hunt several wetlands, multiple blinds or sloughs, wade-in areas or watershed lakes without the work of pumping water, covering blinds or insurance coverage costs.

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