Vernon County, Missouri
Wetlands waterfowl hunting on the Four Rivers Region.
Nearest town: Nevada
Total acreage, 1800.
Open water acres: 48 of irrigation lakes spread between a 30, 10 and 8 acre lakes.
Crop stubble acreage, 1752.
One blind, the rest is do it yourself such as layout or coffin blinds.
Most fields accommodate large 400 decoy spreads. Frequently club members team up the night before and place spreads, camp on the grounds and are ready to hunt early the next morning. Snow goose hunters can easily place spreads in excess of 1,000 decoys.
"The four of us who hunt together have killed 497 birds as of last Sunday. I killed the 11 birds in the pic (below) at a MAHA pond in [location deleted] on Sunday morning. Not bad for the last week of season. 4 mallards, 2 ringnecks, 2 snows and 3 Canadas."
A view of Lake #18 from the northwest corner facing southeast.
This lake covers 7 surface water acres and the average depth is 1 to 10 feet deep.
Decoys can be placed near the shore with chest waders and a retrieving dog is a bonus to retrieve game.
Layout boats and make shift blinds are welcome but life jackets are mandatory.
Located 6 1/2 miles south of the Four Rivers wildlife area both ducks and geese are abundant when Four Rivers is holding birds.
During the early teal season a lot of members bring their fishing rods and 8 shot to fish and dove hunt in the afternoon.
This is Al, (right) he's famous. Only his friends knows how he can hunt like this, not just once, but throughout the entire season. The canoe is a give away they hunted from a lake. The broad valley and timbered ridges show it is in Missouri. Al doesn't care that others find out where he hunts, he'll even tell us, you and anyone that wants to know. Al can get these results wherever he hunts. He is just one of those amazing hunters we would all like to be just as successful.
The lake covers 20+ surface water acres and the average depth is 2 to 15 feet deep.
The shore line is long and flat so the majority of the edge is chest wadeable.
The fields surrounding the lake are a combination of corn, green wheat and beans which are rotated yearly.
Access to the lake is easy, but the lake stretches for close to 1/2 mile. If the fields are muddy accessing the south end of the lake can be difficult.
ATV's are allowed to haul decoys and gear to "hunt on your own" waterfowl properties unless the fields are saturated with water.
As a crow flies this lake is 6 1/2 miles from the Four Rivers Wildlife Area and from most of Kansas City under two hours to be setup. At certain times of the year snow geese use this as a roosting lake and the landowner encourages members to harvest the geese. Canada geese, mallards and a variety of other ducks use this lake on their way to and from the Four Rivers Wildlife Area.
Since the lake is large, being flexible to wind direction makes it desirable for the hunter to be able to move with portable blinds and layout boats.
We hunt the entire season.
Deep water on several watershed and irrigation lakes remains open allowing later in the winter goose hunting to include many years after the regular waterfowl season.
Lake 22 North (right).
A view of the lake from the east facing the west.
The lake covers 8 surface water acres and is surrounded by a combination of corn, wheat and bean stubble to place a combination of duck and goose decoys.
The average depth is 2 to 10 feet. Duck decoys can be placed with chest waders but a retrieving dog is required to retrieve game in the water if the wind is calm.
This lake is one of the last lakes in the area to completely freeze so late season hunting is a bonus.
The lake has been stocked with bass, bluegill and channel catfish and is open for the members to fish year around.
Even with all of our water the late season goose (right) are on a pasture. Not a row crop stubble field or any water of any kind for a mile or more.
Lake 22 South
The Lake covers 10+ surface water acres and is surrounded by a rotated combination of corn, wheat and bean stubble to place a combination of field goose decoys and duck decoys in the water.
The average water depth is 2 to 10 feet deep.
Access to the lake can be difficult if the mud road leading to the lake is wet.
We do not allow hunters to rut roads leading to any of our lakes for hunting and fishing. ATV's are allowed to access gear and decoys to and from the wade-in areas and the blinds, but they must be parked and not used for any other reasons.
This is a good location for a make shift blind and taking a child or a wife that does not have waders.
If the hunting is slow the ponds are available to fish for bass, crappie and catfish. Dove, quail, deer and turkey hunting is also available for the members by reservation.
If we agree duck hunters take pictures of what they consider that which is most important to them and if those pictures are from their duck hunt, then what they show in their pictures we should pay attention to.
The email message was simple: "Jon: We had a great time at the [location deleted] blinds this season. We have very productive days and wonderful memories. I have attached a few pictures from blind 2. Thanks again for a great duck season. Ben"
The blind hunted near and far. From one of our flooded crop field wetlands.
Duck Hunting Reservations
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Cass County Lakes
Iatan Missouri Goose
Irrigation Lake Hunts
South Grand River