Private Wetland, Farm Ponds, Watershed Lakes and Field Sets
One of our duck blinds elevated on stilts at the edge of one of our private wetlands.
A farm pond hunt, not thousands of ducks, just hundreds.
Private Wetlands Waterfowl Hunting
Waterfowl hunting MAHA wetlands one time will quickly show why the duck and goose primary interest members have the highest renewal rate in the Association.
Not only are our duck wetlands in the heart of the three sub-basins that comprise the lower Missouri River basin our wetlands are on the historic micro flyways made well known during turn of the century market waterfowl hunting. Combine this with our Missouri waterfowl hunting being at the confluence of the Missouri River, upper Mississippi River and the Ohio River watersheds that combine into creating the large standing duck holding water structures of the lower Missouri River bottoms. To top it all off our recent warm winters have held large flocks of layover ducks and geese from migrating south past the end of the season.
Waterfowl Hunt Options
Waterfowl hunting with MAHA gives the duck hunter choices that are not possible on public wetlands or provided by most duck clubs. Contrasting our waterfowl hunting to public wetlands is easily accomplished as we do not have competition for our blinds. Each hunter simply makes a telephone reservation for a numbered blind and he has it for the entire day. The contrast continues as our average age in the Association is well into the 40's and as such that fact alone prevents a lot of the novice problems of late blind occupation, excessive calling, stealing flights and skybusting. These undesirable actions are further degraded by the wide spacing of our blinds that makes it readily apparent which float or call the ducks are responding to.
Contrasting to private waterfowl hunting clubs the Association maintains over 30 blinds on a variety of wetlands ranging from flooded crop, to marsh, to slough, to timber. This allows for the extra adventure of changing habitat and blind views. For those that take the time to explore the entire range of our wetland habitats they may find some more suited for their hunt style than others and then settle in on a routine in those areas. The extreme example are the hunters that forsake our custom build wetlands and hunt the many farm ponds and watershed lakes under lease that surround the large refuge areas.
Goose hunters have another 8,000+ acres in crop stubble and wheat fields to select from on a variety of water from rivers to irrigation lakes, to farm ponds. Goose hunters may place out their large decoy spreads, portable blinds and leave them for their hunt spending the afternoons chasing upland birds between morning goose hunts.
Both Kansas and Missouri offer good goose field set hunting locations although Missouri has our best wetlands waterfowl hunts.
In all cases if we allocate a membership to a waterfowl hunter it is due to us having room enough that hunter may be waterfowl hunting on his schedule at any time during the season and do so without stumbling in a crowd of other hunters.
No Association hunter is ever denied the opportunity to hunt. And, not just waterfowl hunting, but also upland, deer and turkey across Kansas, Iowa and Missouri. Our one cost covers access to all Kansas and Missouri MAHA wetlands, all blinds, all dry land acreage in the three states where we lease land for all seasons.
Christmas School Break Hunt Series
Attached are some photos from a great Christmas Day field goose hunt. The boys scouted and found them. We worked hard and put out a large decoy spread. It worked. When we were done I took a couple of photos of a banded bird that came into the decoys.
Banded bird coming in.
Banded bird and companion in the decoys...free to escape.