What The Numbers Mean
The numbers represent the self guided hunters that hunted at least one day within each hunting discipline and state.
Hunters may duplicate across hunting disciplines as many hunters hunt more than one season. Meaning the same hunter is likely a deer hunter for both archery and bow. Deer hunters typically hunt more than one state. That same deer hunter is likely to spring turkey hunt.
An illustration would be John Smith bow hunted Iowa, gun hunted Missouri deer season and spring turkey hunted Missouri and Kansas all in the same calendar year. He would be counted four times on the pressure numbers.
The same for many waterfowl and upland bird hunters. It is common for waterfowl hunters to also upland bird hunt. It is common for upland bird hunters to hunt more than one state. A single hunter may be listed under more than one category and again in more than one state.
Adding up all the numbers does not equal our total membership.
To gain a more accurate perspective of hunting pressure do this. Compare any of the hunter numbers within one category and state to the total number of hunting days in a season and the amount of land available. Combine this level of pressure with our property unit and individual property management system to prevent too many consecutive hunting days on the same land and the quality control exercised by this Association is more evident.
The Art Of Cover Acres Not Gross Acres
Most importantly however is our management of property units and individual properties. It is based on their hunter carrying capacity. Carrying capacity is the number of hunting days a unit or individual property can sustain per hunter. Based on the amount of actual huntable acreage for any one spot. A quarter section of CRP grass may sustain anywhere from a 2 to a 4 hour pheasant hunt. While a 480 acre farm may support 3 deer hunters one day or 3 deer hunting days for one hunter.
Our membership levels separated by primary and secondary hunting interest is not based on a simple mathematical equation of acreage available by the number of hunters.
It is rather based on the carrying capacity of the habitat. This is the art of hunting and an intangible made possible by the hunting experience of the Association partners Jon Nee and John Wenzel. The hunter's proof of effectiveness comes from the facts:
That no hunter is denied hunting on his schedule.
Hunters are not in competition with others.
All have a choice of where to hunt each day.
The confidence the hunter will have a good hunt is that is what brings membership renewals. This organization is a business and not a good ol' boys hunt'n club. That difference is treatment to all members is the same without any friendship connections.
Most deer hunters hunt two of the Association three states each season. That hunter is counted twice in the numbers to the right.
Resident deer hunters are often counted twice in the same state. Residents are entitled to or frequently hunt more than one season. That is the same resident hunter my hunt bow and gun both seasons in the same state. He then is counted once each in each category.
Amongst all deer hunters in the Association 68% as of March 8, 2013 are non-resident to the Kansas, Iowa or Missouri area.
These numbers include all who hunted pheasant or quail. Those with and without dogs. Pointing and flushing dog hunters.
Upland bird hunters will hunt most the state with the best forecasts. Hunting in the other states is often a stopover hunt to shorten the drive.
Kansas will reflect both pheasant and quail hunters. Missouri, even with their occasional pheasant, is considered exclusively quail hunting. Iowa will be a mix of pheasant and quail.
No distinction is made between Eastern or Rio Grande Turkey hunters.
Fall turkey season hunters are archery deer hunters, upland bird hunters in Kansas using dogs on turkeys and dedicated fall season turkey hunters.
It is common for the same Association hunter to hunt both Kansas and Missouri. That one hunter would be counted twice on the pressure listing. Both states have a long overlapping fall and spring season and tags for over the counter or online purchase.
Those that spring turkey hunt Iowa are residents or those that seek to fill all five available spring tags. Iowa fall turkey hunting is for residents only.
Numbers include duck and goose hunters. All who hunted at least one day from early teal, through regular waterfowl, late goose and spring seasons.
They further include all that went waterfowl hunting on the managed Association wetlands as well as all crop fields, ponds, lands and river hunting areas. The numbers are not solely who hunted permanent blind areas.
Many of these hunters, especially those with dogs, also hunted pheasant some quail.