Im seeing alot about western tags being drawn. Im curious if anyone drew an Iowa tag. Us locals can get tags over the counter but nonresidents have to put in for the draw. Whos coming to the Midwest for cornfed whitetails?
I would love to hunt Iowa, but with the 2-5 year wait, basically zero public land and the over $500 to do so I will take my money out west as much as I would love to get an Iowa giant.
Please explain how 356,000 acres of public hunting WMA's is enough for how over run Iowa is with hunter these days. I'm happy to be educated, but from my searching there is no way enough land for the amount of tags they sell and at the cost the charge. It's my understanding Iowa is one of the states with the lowest public lands available in the US. I'm not saying you won't find a place to hunt, but you and tons of other hunters are looking in Iowa.
It won't change until people realize they are stupid and do more research before going to Iowa. Now I'm going off what a few people have told me over the years so maybe it's old info, but I'm betting is has just gotten worse. MN has 1.3+ million acres, just not the hype and advertising Iowa does to get people to hunt there and I still have issues with finding a place to hunt that 10 other are not hunting.
Man, I just purchased my second pp this year hoping to draw in a couple more years but after reading some of these comnents it doesnt seem very exciting.
I don't mean to discourage you, just be helpful. Don't even think about hunting Iowa public without at minimum one full week of scouting on foot in February. At minimum. And I don't just mean scouting for deer sign, but hunter sign. You'll find deer sign everywhere, but obvious funnels will already be hunted by locals and aerial scouting nonresidents. The Drury's really got resident newbies crawling everywhere these days. Hunt the hunters. Have plan A, B, C, D, E, F, G, etc. all lined up and hunt the ones where no vehicles are in the lot, even if habitat isn't as great. My advice based on 25 years on their public. One positive is the fact their pheasant numbers are crashed there these days. The locals used to pound the hell out of the public for birds rather than ruin their private land spots. for deer. Now they don't bother. No birds.
Not that interested in hunting whitetails in row-crop country. Sitting in a tree stand and then driving back to a wooden structure with running water and a nice, soft bed is not what I look for in a hunt. The amazing vistas, prairies, mountain ridges and big country have spoiled me as I only whitetail hunted around farms as a kid in the Midwest.
I do like chasing Coues whitetails.
As for flavor of corn or soy bean fed, that is hard to beat if you were holding a deer cooking contest.