IOWA WHITETAIL HUNTS
Iowa has been consistently producing trophy whitetails and is responsible for an incredible number of Boone & Crockett class bucks entered into the record books. Here you might arguably find some of North America’s finest free-range bow and late season gun hunting for giant trophy whitetail bucks. Our outfitter operates in some of Iowa’s best big buck country, annually producing many fantastic whitetails, and hosts a number of whitetail hunting TV shows with much success. Year-round scouting and the use of food plots, mineral licks, doe management, trail cameras, and shed hunting worked in conjunction with the local terrain, and agricultural practices translate into high success rates at exceptional bucks. Here you have a good, honest chance at a record book Whitetail. Our outfitter also caters to spring turkey hunters, as well as offers exciting waterfowl and pheasant hunting packages, which can be added on to various fall whitetail hunts. It should be mentioned that all Out of State hunters must apply for Deer or Turkey hunting license. The application must be done in May, and hunters are notified by Iowa DNR in either June or July if they have been successful. Archery tags can take as much as 3 years to draw, but late-season gun tags (shotgun/muzzleloader) can be obtained nearly every year. To apply, or for more information, please visit www.iowadnr.gov.
IOWA DEER HUNTING OUTFITTERS
Our outfitter scouts are year-round to give each client the best opportunity to harvest a world-class buck. Trail camera vigil and shed hunting ventures play vital roles while scouting. An assortment of food plots is also planted and maintained across the hunting areas, such as clover for the earlier seasons, and turnips for late season. Food plots are always established in conjunction with agricultural practices which are together used to both grow big bucks and get them into the shooting range of hunters. These results lead to many tree stand and blinds established among strategic locations throughout the various properties. New and additional properties are always being secured where our clients have sole access to these prime hunting locations. Not even the landowners hunts these areas, and each property is only permitted 2 deer harvests annually to maintain low pressure and high quality. Over the years, our hunters have experienced harvest success rates as high as 75%, but with nearly 100% shot opportunity. The average bucks taken score an approximate 150 gross inches or more and are 4.5 years or older. There are no trophy fees, and hunters are encouraged to harvest the biggest bucks they see. In an effort to groom for exceptional free-range quality, the outfitter does charge a management fee or penalty of $1500 should a hunter harvest a buck scoring less than 130 gross inches. This is enforced simply to ensure that hunters are aware of the management and quality deer efforts being taken.
Setting & Conditions
In Southwestern, Iowa expects a nice mix of habitat, picturesque of a trophy Midwestern whitetail deer hunt. Rolling hills lead to river bottoms, and wooded ditches and brushy fence lines intersect patches of heavy timber. The backdrop to this whitetail labyrinth is set in a sea of rich agriculture and vast CRP grasslands.
In terms of planning for weather, Iowa seasonally experiences one extreme to the other during the fall. Some years it can be 80+ degrees during bow season, while temperatures can plummet to -20 degrees or more during the late gun season, and everything in between. Depending on what stage of the season you are hunting, please pack and dress accordingly. Thinner scent controlling, woodland camo pattern layers are best earlier, gradually leading to heavier layers and eventually snow camo as the season progresses. During times of extreme cold, heated box blinds can be used, and expect snow on the ground during the gun seasons.
The lodge was constructed in 2006 and a second is currently underway. At 2400 square feet it has all the amenities of the home complete with Wireless Internet, a rec room with pool & card tables, a big screen satellite TV, and a bar that can be stocked upon request. Four bedrooms are each complete with queen-sized beds and air conditioning if desired, and the lodge can sleep as many as 8 comfortably. The living room has 14-foot ceilings, decorated with many quality taxidermy mounts to admire, many of which are local trophy whitetails. There are two bathrooms, each with a shower, as well as a washer & dryer. The lodge also includes a full kitchen where staff will prepare 3 home-cooked meals for the hunters. A deck with a beautiful view overlooks stands of timber and stocked ponds in which guests are invited to fish when not otherwise hunting. A hot tub is built in the deck should you choose to unwind after a long day. An indoor archery range is directly next to the Lodge when hunters can tune or shoot their bow to their heart’s content. Daily housekeeping service and friendly staff will do what they can to make your stay as comfortable and pleasant as possible. The lodge is also wheelchair accessible, as well as some of the blinds to comfortably accommodate any handicap hunters.
The lodge is located in Montgomery Country (Zone 4) of southwestern Iowa. In relation to nearest urban centers by road includes 1 hour 15 min southeast of Omaha NE, 2 hours southwest of Des Moines Iowa and 2.5 north of Kansas City MO. The majority of US-based hunters choose to drive their own vehicles direct to the lodge, however, others may choose to fly to one of the nearby cities (mentioned above) and rent a 4×4 vehicle for the duration of their hunt. Airport pick-up and drop-off service is not customary but can be specially arranged for a fee if absolutely required, but it is strongly encouraged to rent a vehicle. Hunters are to arrive on Sundays and hunt five days, Monday through Friday, typically departing on the following Saturday.
5-days hunting – Trophy Whitetail Deer – Bow – mid-Oct–Nov- 2016/2017 – $4500
5-days hunting – Trophy Whitetail Deer – Shotgun – early-mid Dec- 2016/2017 – $5000
5-days hunting – Trophy Whitetail Deer – Late Muzzloader –Late Dec- 2016/2017 – $5000
Waterfowl / Upland (Pheasant & Quail) Hunts – $250/day per hunter (Minimum of 2 & 2 days)
Non-hunting observers are welcome at $100 per night
All accommodations and home-cooked meals during the hunt
Complimentary beer, liquor, and soft drinks
Professional guiding and transportation during your hunt
Hunting opportunities for trophy Whitetail Deer, waterfowl & upland birds (if seasons overlap)
Field dressing, capping and trophy preparations for the taxidermist
Meat preparation for home if desired
Not included in the cost
Hunting Licensing (Out of State Deer License $426, General Hunting $112, Habitat Fee $13)
Shipping and handling of a trophy to the taxidermist
Tips and gratuities to guides & lodge staff
Pre and post-trip accommodations and travel