Association applicants frequently request what our hunter success ratio. It is an unfair question not reflective of the self guided hunter organization.
Remembering this is a do it yourself hunter organization. That makes this an inappropriate question. As a self guided hunting organization our success ratio calculation is impossible to determine as we, the Association partners, are not at point of harvest. We are reliant on other evaluation means. The most obvious being our return hunter strength.
Success ratios are often a question found in magazine articles on how to evaluate guide services. The difference between these two approaches to managed hunting is extreme.
A simple criteria comparison includes a guided hunt the client is paying for the guide's skill and direction of where, when and how to hunt. The client is betting the guide is the better hunter between the two of them. The guide's success ratio comes from his ability to locate game on a regular bases. It is also a measure how effective the guide is at getting the clients follow orders. All the client must be able to do is shoot. All of his other needs are taken care of by the guide.
Mid-America Hunting Association success ratio is entirely depended upon the do it yourself hunter/member's hunting skill and his alone. We lease for habitat in regions of the states that have historic production. After that it is up to the member to achieve his own success. That means the hunter must adapt to new terrain, weather different than his own neighborhood and have shooting skill.
One Proof Mode
All the photos shown on this web site are from those that first take the time to take a picture and then send it in to us. We are sure these photos only represent a fraction of the harvest our members secure every year.
Further example are deer hunters. A second significant difference between our approach and that of guide services is that guide services frequently process through their outfit new hunters each season. Their success ratio is measured primarily on one time hunter experiences. In our Association our hunters hunt with us for years.
Carl. Real hunting doe not mean limits each day.
Carl is a senior hunter having done so for more years than most have been alive. He hunts by his admission 3 hours a day. One covey per day is his good day.