As of January 2, 2013 the Association has a non-resident membership over 53% of the total hunters. Hunters currently come from 37 states. Many have had enjoyable hunts and many more will in the future.
This map shows driving distances in hours. The start point is Kansas City International (MCI) airport. The numbers are drive time hours to the farthest locations where the Association leases land.
The benefit to the do it yourself non-resident hunter that Mid-America Hunting Association provides is a friendly point of contact. That will provide confidence of hunting private lease land. A lodging resource near the hunting land. Recommendations of where to hunt for what is being sought.
There is no guess work. Long before leaving his home state the self guided hunter will know exactly where he will be hunting and where he will lodge. When the hunter pulls out of his driveway he is driving directly to his hunting ground without any delay to check in or knock on doors. The hunter hunts until his last possible moment then departs for home. Anytime the hunter is not hunting it is at his election.
Return migration snow goose hunting.
Confidence applying for membership is a safe decision comes from different sources.
First we have been in continual existence since 1965. To have lasted that long we would have to provide the hunter with what it is he wants.The second source of confidence is we want our hunters for a yearly tradition of hunting with us. For as often as they may like. To ensure they come back we have to make sure their hunting trips are as successful as possible.
This organization would not have and will not survive with a high turnover of hunters. We have quality hunting. That attracts and keeps a quality hunter that in turn protects the land, wildlife and the club. Most of the Association's membership is derived from sponsored by current hunters into the Association. Those coming in cold without knowing anyone that is an Association hunter are a minority.
The quality hunter is who we screen applicants for. Not all who apply are accepted and the interview is the step before the application is sent in. The benefit to the hunter on joining is association with mature, reasonable sportsmen.
The risk the Association assumes is damage to its reputation should the wrong kind of hunter be allocated a slot. A hunter that cannot comply with state hunting regulations, the Association rules or simply finds the self guided aspect too hard only detracts through communication with others about his experiences. We work to avoid that as much as work to take care of the hunter himself.
Brent. Good hunting on good land.
We Leave No Hunter To Fallow
We do not guide. However, be assured we will not leave the do it yourself hunter to his own resources. We will recommend hunting regions and properties to the non-resident hunter. These will be historic producers of quality game. We then focus him to specific properties. He is free to hunt those properties, scout out his own or simply pick up and move onto another lease elsewhere on a different type of habitat.
Pack a lunch every day for the country side is as it looks in this picture. Just about as "rural" as you can get.
From Kevin, a long time quail hunter. A day when he could not even get away from the truck before his dog pointed a covey.
Non-resident hunters fall into two categories. This is in terms of traveling our way to hunt. Those that fly in and those that drive in.
For those that fly in they do so for two basic reasons. The first is to scout. Typically, this is done during two periods. The first is during spring turkey season with a turkey hunt overlapping a deer scouting trip. The second is during an early September combination dove hunt and deer scout.
Waterfowl and upland hunters rarely scout. They simply travel to our leases during the hunting trip. All should rest assured they will be recommended to productive habitat.
The other category of hunters that fly in do so to deer hunt during the season without scouting.
In both cases of a combination dove or turkey hunt and deer scout trip or flying out during the season it generally goes like this. Fly into Kansas City International Airport, get a rental car and drive to a hunting spot. All that simple.
Late season, winter, Kansas pheasant hunting. Bob with his favored hunting partner showing a good day.
The two considerations when deciding to rent a vehicle. They are the probability of rain. Second, peak or off peak periods.
Rain is a concern as it takes as little as a 1/4 inch to make many of our country roads impassible to two wheel drive vehicles. A four-wheel drive vehicle and its accompanying higher cost will be required if it is wet or going to be.
Peak rental periods out here are the most popular hunting seasons. They are the opening week of Kansas pheasant (starting the second Saturday in November). That combines with Missouri's rifle deer season opening the same Saturday. All that means if hunting during this period book your rental early.
During off peak periods hunters have reserved the lower cost two wheel drive vehicles. They upgrade on the spot to an SUV if it should rain right before their arrival or be predicted during their trip.
During peak periods SUVs must be reserved in advance of the hunt. They do seem to be in short supply.
The next stop is at a convenience store, gas stations, any Wal-Mart or many other places on the way and pick up a license over the counter. That is if not having all ready purchased on online. Remember for those that have drawn and received their deer tags through the mail the basic hunting license is also required. If not having purchased one through the mail buy one enroute to the hunting spot.
For those hunters driving in simply travel to the hunting location and begin hunting. No check in or checking out with the landowner or stopping by the Association office is required. All hunters must do is make their telephone reservations to hunt at the Association office by telephone. Hunters may begin hunting the first moment of arrival to the last light of the last day of their trip. Hunt one day or thirty, it is up to the hunter. Our Association maps will get all hunters to the right property. Once there the ground is marked with our unique Association hunting signs.
Finding the actual spot to hunt will take some scouting as this is a hunt on your own Association. The Association partners will give recommendations on where to hunt. But it will be the hunter that picks the actual places and to hunt it his own way.
For the single non-resident hunter traveling to our area we offer a buddy hunt system.
This is where we team up hunters from their home state as well as with local hunters. This allows the non-resident hunter who enjoys to hunt with others the chance to do so even if his home state buddies would rather stay home.
Combine this with our lodging listing and the ability to make hunting reservations up to 30 days in advance of the hunt makes the entire trip more comfortable. Long before the hunter leaves home he knows exactly where he will be hunting, lodging and if he likes who he will be hunting with. No surprises.
For the do it yourself hunter that wishes to hunt alone without encumbrance of others he may do so in the solitude of nature. No gangs or organized large group hunts. We do have family and small friend hunting groups generally around five or less. What is more typical being of two hunting buddies. We are about the hunter that enjoys the day a field. The tranquility that comes from watching nature. The simple adventure and promise that hunting season brings to all of us each season.
Al, he'll fill all spring tag each turkey season.
Of special note on our lodging lists are country B&Bs. These are not always romantic getaway B&Bs with country motifs and potpourri planters. They may be fully fitted homes open for public daily/weekly rental. The advantage these bring are for the hunting spouses or groups that wish to have more time together. For those wanting to hunt out of a B&B early reservations are very much encouraged as they do book up quickly.