Signs are very important to identify club land. We post every farm we lease the first year, but the leases are so spread out it takes 3 to 5 years to make a second or third pass across our leased acreage. Over time fence posts and telephone poles with signs on them are replaced. The most recent signs are yellow like the sign in the photo above. All the signs are either aluminum or plastic and most do not have our name on them. Some do and some don’t. We have learned through experience it is to our best interest to leave our name off the signs.
To legally prosecute a trespasser in the state of Kansas the sign must say, “By Written Permission Only”. In Missouri and Iowa the wording on the signs does not matter. Most of our Kansas signs say, “By Written Permission Only” and the Iowa and Missouri signs say, “No Hunting Fishing Trespassing” but at times they are mixed. Note above some of the signs are dated back to the early 1990’s with the name Mid-America Game Bird Association at the bottom. For those that were not around at that time the name of the Association from the early 1980’s through the 1990’s was Mid-America Game Bird Association. During those years the club was 90% local hunters from Kansas and Missouri and 70% of the hunting was upland bird hunting. At that time 10 quail covey and pheasant limit days were common. Once deer hunting demand from non-resident hunters surpassed the upland bird demand from local hunters, we changed the name to Mid-America Hunting Association.
Most of our signs have been posted on or close to the edges of our boundaries and gates entering the property. Aerial photos, street names and GPS coordinates are now included with our map and reservation website, so signs are not as vital as they were in the past to identify MAHA leased land. We will continue to post MAHA land as often as possible.