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  • November 30, 2012 at 5:40 pm #497042 Back to Top REPORT
    carolinagreenhead
    carolinagreenhead

    Joined: 4/19/2008
    I’m thinking about trying to hunt Iowa public land. Particularly southern part of the state. Ive looked at the DNR website a little bit. Still researching there. I understand they work on a preference point basis. Can any of you give me a little guidance on how the Iowa system works and any tips you can think of? When is the best time to go? I want to bow hunt. When is the rut typically? Anything to watch out for on public land? Any help is appreciated.
    November 30, 2012 at 6:19 pm #542424 Back to Top REPORT
    156py-2
    156p&y

    Joined: 10/3/2006
    Hello,

    In the southern zones you can expect to draw a bow tag every 3 years, you may be able to draw in 2 but 3 is realistic. If you wish to plan your hunt you can purchase preference points and just enter the draw the year you intend to hunt. When I lived out of state I purchased preference points the 1st and 2nd years and entered the draw every third year and drew 100%.

    Tags for non-residents are zone specific, so you will need to know where you intend to hunt before applying.

    Public land can be good here, plan to get away from others and hunt hard. Generally the 7th thru the 15th is where the rut falls but you can see good activity Halloween through Novemember. You will see stands all over public ground but for the most part they hunt weekends or an occosianal weekday evening, so hunt mornings and stay in late.

    Shoot me a PM and I will give you some local contacts for zone 4 public ground. :thumbup

    November 30, 2012 at 6:36 pm #542425 Back to Top REPORT
    jemyers10pt
    jemyers10pt

    Joined: 7/18/2008
    Location: Ohio

    Hello,

    In the southern zones you can expect to draw a bow tag every 3 years, you may be able to draw in 2 but 3 is realistic. If you wish to plan your hunt you can purchase preference points and just enter the draw the year you intend to hunt. When I lived out of state I purchased preference points the 1st and 2nd years and entered the draw every third year and drew 100%.

    Tags for non-residents are zone specific, so you will need to know where you intend to hunt before applying.

    Public land can be good here, plan to get away from others and hunt hard. Generally the 7th thru the 15th is where the rut falls but you can see good activity Halloween through Novemember. You will see stands all over public ground but for the most part they hunt weekends or an occosianal weekday evening, so hunt mornings and stay in late.

    Shoot me a PM and I will give you some local contacts for zone 4 public ground. :thumbup[/quote:23j8pqzz]

    :thumbup :thumbup :thumbup :thumbup :thumbup

    Always looking for my next Booner!
    November 30, 2012 at 7:11 pm #542426 Back to Top REPORT
    carolinagreenhead
    carolinagreenhead

    Joined: 4/19/2008

    Hello,

    In the southern zones you can expect to draw a bow tag every 3 years, you may be able to draw in 2 but 3 is realistic. If you wish to plan your hunt you can purchase preference points and just enter the draw the year you intend to hunt. When I lived out of state I purchased preference points the 1st and 2nd years and entered the draw every third year and drew 100%.

    Tags for non-residents are zone specific, so you will need to know where you intend to hunt before applying.

    Public land can be good here, plan to get away from others and hunt hard. Generally the 7th thru the 15th is where the rut falls but you can see good activity Halloween through Novemember. You will see stands all over public ground but for the most part they hunt weekends or an occosianal weekday evening, so hunt mornings and stay in late.

    Shoot me a PM and I will give you some local contacts for zone 4 public ground. :thumbup[/quote:30pwnpum]

    Pm at you. Thanks for the info. Keep it coming.

    December 1, 2012 at 11:26 pm #542427 Back to Top REPORT

    Altiman94

    Joined: 11/8/2008
    I won’t comment on the amount of time to draw a tag as I’m a resident…just here to give you some advice on where and how to hunt.

    Like mentioned, you’ll see stands all over on our public land. Some of those stands stay up all year (which isn’t legal, but it happens), but the majority of them are only hunted on weekends. If you plan to come to IA to hunt, give yourself at least a week and stay in the stand all day. Most hunters wont be more than 250Y from their truck and will get out of the stand around 930 AM and return about 2.5 hours before dark. If you hunt all day, you’ll see the deer start to move after the hunters get out of their stand.

    Also, if you can find areas only accessible by boat and bring your own boat, odds are that the areas will be less pressured…that may not be an option for you, though.

    Our rut is normally second full week of November, but you’ll see movement starting end of October all the way through November. You’re best chance at a decent buck is no doubt during bow season. I don’t know as if I’d even want to hunt IA during one of our gun seasons honestly….everything is pushed and its hard to find a public spot that’s not hit during gun seasons. After that if it’s not cold, then you won’t see much for movement since things are all stirred up.

    Anywhere in Southern IA can be good. Buy yourself a sportsman atlas for IA and look for the larger tracts of public land. That’ll give you the most area to hunt if you do see other hunters and stands out.

    December 2, 2012 at 1:18 am #542428 Back to Top REPORT
    carolinagreenhead
    carolinagreenhead

    Joined: 4/19/2008
    Thanks for the tip. I’m still doing some research. Might have to start putting in for the preference points. I really appreciate the suggestions. If there are any more please continue to add them. All suggestions are really helpful.
    December 2, 2012 at 4:22 am #542429 Back to Top REPORT
    jeff-k-in-il
    Jeff K in IL

    Age: 26
    Joined: 11/1/2005
    What does a preference point cost? I’ve been looking at Iowa, but the NR tags are a little much (not quite IL prices, but close). I was sort of leaning towards northern MO instead.
    December 2, 2012 at 4:43 am #542430 Back to Top REPORT
    156py-2
    156p&y

    Joined: 10/3/2006
    What does a preference point cost? I’ve been looking at Iowa, but the NR tags are a little much (not quite IL prices, but close). I was sort of leaning towards northern MO instead.

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