Written by Jon Tharp on May 5, 2012.
It’s hard to imagine to be talking about deer licenses while we have a turkey season open in Iowa. Saturday, May 5th, will be the
day the Iowa DNR begins taking applications for non resident deer licenses and preference points. The application period will remain open until June 3. You can apply clicking on this link: Iowa DNR and then click on non-resident hunting on the left hand side of page or by calling 1-800-367-1188. There are 6,000 either sex deer licenses available in ten Iowa zones for non-residents. Of the 6,000 licenses, only thirty five percent are available for archery hunting. In addition, 4,500 antler-less licenses($228) are available for all seasons also. The cost of an Iowa non resident any deer license is $426, hunting license $112 and habitat fee $13.
The Iowa 2012/13 deer seasons are as follows: archery season is October 1 – November 30th and December 17th – January 10th. The Iowa shotgun season dates are December 1st – December 5th and December 8th – December 16th. The late muzzle-loader season is December 17th – January 10th.
I manage Bar Y Ranch Outfitting in Zone 6 of southeast Iowa. We offer a very limited number of hunts each year. I currently have a couple of spots available for bowhunters this year if interested. My zone typically has the highest number of applicants and often requires at least two, if not three, preference points to draw an archery tag. If you are a gun hunter, chances are much higher of drawing. Gun hunters are likely to draw with one preference point and sometimes with none. If applying, Good Luck.Share on Facebook
Many people have driven across Iowa in a car either on I-80 or I-35 and complained about the drudgery of the scenery. It would appear that Iowa is almost entirely flat, open farmground with miles and miles of corn and soybean fields. In fact, that’s the perception most people have of the Hawkeye State.
But if you didn’t go to the trouble of getting off the interstate, you would miss some great scenery and the diverse nature of a state that has so much to offer anyone who has an interest in the outdoors. Iowa has several state forests, and they range in area from just a dozen or so square miles to hundreds. Sate Forsts? In Iowa? Yup, and they harbor some seriously good deer hunting opportunties. While they get quite a bit of hunting pressure, the bowhutner who is willing to work for his buck, can put himself in a postiion to have a crack at a great mature buck. The key is to find that out of the way spot that is hard to get to. The bucks know where the hunters have trouble going, and that’s where they will be when the pressure starts to affect them.
One of the easiest ways to get away from the crowds of course, is simply to find a large block ogf atate forest and try to penetrate it. Just get as far away from the road as you can and you might find yourself in the middle of a nice hotspot that rarely see a boot track. You better have a plan for getting your buck out, because there is a reason most hunters don’t go back into these places… it’s a lot of hard work to get your deer out of there.
There are a few areas that can be reached by boat or canoe, which is another option. Many hunters who are willing to penetrate these areas do so with a climbing stand on their back so they do not have to carry climbing sticks and a lot of extra stuff. I have known hunters to quarter their deer and carry it out in 2-3 trips. Most whitetail hunters don’t even consider that an option, but it is a good option for some of these areas.
You might get lucky and find a hotspot within a half-mile of the road on a state forest, and they do exhist, but the mature bucks tend to move to the areas that have little pressure as soon as they feel the presence of hunters. If you are willing to pay your dues, the payoff can be quite rewarding.
Lear more about Iowa’s State Forests Here: State Forest DNR Site
Here is more info for tag application time. These are all for nonresident bowhunting only. This file contains info on whitetails and bear in most states that people normally travel to for hunting. WT stands for whitetail, BB stands for black bear. * In south Dakota you have to apply for a license, they are not available over the counter; however, there is a 100% draw.
I will add the links as I get time to track them all down and put them on.Share on Facebook