leases private land...
for exclusive Association hunter use.
Association available lease land is in south central part of the state is all within the Grand River Watershed. Suitable for deer, turkey, pheasant and quail.
All for self guided hunts.
This region is composed of wooded creek bottoms. Cutting through lightly rolling terrain. Over large grain crop fields. With many small and larger wood patches.
Members simply hunt without any administrative responsibilities.
We are not a guide service with a lodge. We are not limited to the driving distance to lease land around any lodge. We make all of the state available to us. The land selected is the region that will give us the best return for money spent. The benefit to the hunter is that we have done the research. We have the right habitat within the right region of the state where we have land that has a history of higher quality production.
The most impressive aspect about the success pictures on this web site is they are provided to us at courtesy of the hunter. As a do it yourself hunter organization the Association partners are not at the point of harvest taking pictures.
Deer hunts are in is zones 4 and 5
Any hunter's choice of season may be hunted.
Hunters individually reserve a numbered farm. He then hunts that farm alone. No one hunter is limited to just one farm. After he scouts or hunts he should have two or more with stands posted. That allows him to pick and choose from day to day of where to hunt.
Those that want to refine stand location to local crop food source to the season of rut or survival behavior. Those that want to study a spot for local movement patterns. Adjustments based on weather and wind forecasts. All may do so.
Muzzleloader deer hunters have an opportunity to hunt outside of the rut. There is a late season in December running into January.
Bow hunters enjoy peak rut season. That is before gun season.
Being a shotgun/slug deer state makes many believe a longer deer survival potential results. Large racked deer survive the season allowing for more eyes-on success.
Flexibly From Choice
The deer hunter has a choice of all the Iowa hunting lease land the Association has in inventory. He typically scouts out from a couple thousand acres a handful of spots he would like to hunt. He then picks from day to day to stick with one or hunt another. It is from this flexibility of picking where to hunt on any given day that ground is covered to find the buck of choice.
Each deer hunter is encouraged to seek our recommendations where to deer hunt his first season. The it comes dow to travel out to scout if possible. If not, then simply hunt every hour he has available to do so. In every case we will develop reasonable deer hunter expectations. meaning we never oversell the difficulty of a deer hunt.
Early Season Opener and Season Long Upland Birds
MAHA upland bird lease land offers the chance for both quail and pheasant hunts.
Quail hunts are along the many dry drainage's of grass, brush and woody cover. These drains cut through crop fields on large grains of corn and soybeans.
This region has the crop rotating in these two grains. that value is of large grains that remain available longer into the winter than small grains. The result is the coveys are well anchored to any one spot for years as they have reliable winter over food each season.
Contrast that with a predominate wheat growing area. In a wheat region the field has no waste grain for winter time survival.
Pheasant hunts are along many grain crop fields cut by open brush filled drains. One is pictured at right. A different type of pheasant cover than the large contiguous grass lands often described in magazine articles.
Pheasant numbers will change over the seasons. That is part of nature most agree on. Iowa hunting offering some of the best to be had in the United States means that if wanting to hunt pheasants even on a down year this state has some of the best to be had.
Fall For Resident and Non-Resident Spring Turkey Season In Zone 4
The turkey land does lend itself to good hunts. However, few take part as the spring turkey season. The tag is by a draw system. It also comes at an expensive price tag.
Those that do hunt turkey on our private land will have the satisfaction of having a good hunt. They often do so for the adventure of adding one more state to their list of successful wild turkey hunts.
A photo taken from an pheasant hunter: "I've never seen so many turkeys. This was one of a half dozen flocks I saw in one day."
That comment happened to come on a good year when flock numbers were high. This as all of the Association regions does have changing turkey densities. these are monitored by the Association partners, That knowledge base gives the Association hunter an bit of advantage of being able to travel to where he is most likely to have a good hunt.
...Enclosed a picture of my [location deleted] opening day bow kill. Pulled this guy in with two additional strutters, 32 hens and 5 jakes. Got to watch the show for another 45 minutes after I shot this bird. None of the birds spooked and continued to strut & feed. It was a memorable day.
Could have arrowed another long beard at 4 yards a few hours later, but chose not to end my [location deleted] season so soon. After getting our tails whacked this youth weekend, yet again…I may be regretting that decision.
Thanks again John for all of your help. It’s already been a truly rewarding spring!!!! Steve
Iowa Hunting Pressure
Hunter pressure is easily managed.
Turkey and deer tag draw limits and price keep those hunters checked. Pheasant hunters hunt the early season. They then travel to the Association's better pheasant and tall gras acreage state. Quail hunters similarly start off the season in October then travel further south for the better covey counts.
What to Do Next
Have a read of the specific interest from the links below. Write down your questions and give us a call. Our number is at the bottom of each web page.
Deer Zone 4 Specifics
Deer Zone 5 Details
Turkey Zone 4
|Private Land Pheasant
Self Guided Quail
Do it yourself hunts