Through MAHA there is another choice for hunters seeking private land deer lease. This choice is one of less work and more time on the hunt.
This is not an inventory of Association land. It is a description of how the average work-a-day hunter may hunt private land whenever he has a tag.
No payment for land when a tag is not drawn.
More than one deer lease to hunt each day.
Only self guided hunts.
Choice of zone 4 or zone 5.
The land is available without knocking on doors, finding landowners.
Pre-season scouting encouraged.
Private Land Iowa Deer Lease
All Association land is active farms, fallow land and other.
The Association controls all hunter access. No land is shared with non-Association hunters or any other organization.
Each Association hunter has access to all available land.
All the spots are uniquely numbered. Access to any of them for scouting or hunting is after a telephone reservation to the Association. That reservation is a means to prevent hunters from stepping on top of each other.
Hunt Whenever Getting A Tag
Nothing says average self guided hunter than the trophy picture with whatever camera device he has under any conditions that camera is available.
The Association's annual cost needs only be paid when the hunter has an tag. During non Iowa tag draw year that hunter may chose to discontinue his membership. Or, hunt one of the Association's other states. When again drawing a tag that hunter may at his election and that of the Association renew his membership.
Choice Of Spots
Association hunter success comes from covering ground by hunting more than one spot.
Each hunter may scout as much land as he believes he needs to. Finding as many hunting spots as he thinks he is able to hunt. That hunter through the telephone reservation system may then hunt his choice of spots on his choice of days.
The best any hunter will experience is that he will get his first choice of reservations every time calling in. The worst case is when two Association hunters have done the same scouting. Each has found the same cherry spot. Each decides to hunt the same day. Between the two of them it is a matter of who calls in first.
Self Guided Hunts For The Average Hunter
Self guided is defined that once the Association through the online maps and telephone reservations gets the hunter to the point of where to park his truck, step out and hunt. That hunter makes the rest of his hunt.
For the average hunter all the Association has done is acquire the all to hard to come by private land deer lease. The cost paid to the Association by the hunter saves that cost in terms of road miles, time and price of his own spots. That time and effort is then spent on scouting and hunting. That leads to more eyes-on success. The choice is to spend more time on the hunt or spend more time finding a place to hunt.
No guides or other than average hunters of any kind on Association land. No one with above average advantages such as those that write magazine articles, video makers, "pro" hunters. All they do is add exceptional amount of pressure to the land to the detriment of the average hunter.