Mountain View Acres (MVA) is a great place to hunt. The whole outfit is extremely professional and provides hunts that are unmatched. The enjoyment had while hunting this property is rivaled by nothing else.
For serious upland hunters to beginners, they have a way to get the most out of everyone. They offer pheasants, chuckars and huns. Usually the hunts start out with all hunters arriving within in a given time period. While most of the guides are preparing the grounds for the hunt, two other guides greet the hunters. At this time, the hunters sign in and are explained the safety rules. This does not take long, so do not worry. They keep it short and simple. Next the hunters are introduced to the dogs they will be hunting with along with the handler. If the handler has any specific rules, this is the time they are expressed. Usually its “do not shoot until you see blue”, easy enough to follow. The great thing is, if you have your own dogs, you can bring them, but MVA has a variety of dogs and handlers that really make for a great hunt! At this time, you have the option to warm up by shooting tom clay birds or heading directly into the field. Usually, heading into the field works best; Trust me, it does not take long to get warmed up! The hunts usually start in a strip of high grass. This section has lanes cut cross ways in it every 50 yards or so, that way the birds are more apt to get up and fly. The cover is so abundant there that sometimes the birds will just sit tight! So keep your eyes peeled. The dogs should do most of the work, but you still have to do your share. As the hunt progresses, birds will be flushing at a pretty steady rate, hopefully you are getting some good shots in! The hunt then takes a turn into a lower field and goes back the way you came. In this area there is a mix of grasses and agriculture. This is an interesting part of the hunt because you never know what is going to happen. The hunt then progresses through various types of terrain, with birds all around! The layout of the farm is one in which the walking is easy and the hunting is great!
Throughout the hunt, you will have at least one guide along with your dogs and handler. Periodically the owners will come down to see how the hunt is going. This makes for a very personal experience, which you can rarely get anymore, so this is a plus!
Also, you have the option to have a videographer/photographer come along on your hunt. He will take pictures and video of your hunt and then make a whole “show” on DVD for you for a pretty fair price. I would recommend this, it captures some great memories and you just have to worry about the hunt. This is especially great when going with kids, friends and family!
Once the hunt is complete, the guides and owners will greet you again and take your bounty. They offer to dress the birds for a small price. This is to each’s own. They do a great job, but it is all in what you want.
All in all, they offer a great experience for a very reasonable price. You just have to show up with your gun, a box of shells (or more), friends and family and be prepared to have a great time!