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Iowa Public Land Hunt - information?

Hello Folks!

 

I am in SC and would love to go to Iowa on a deer hunt - on public land.

I know the system takes a year or two (maybe three) to get points accumulated...

Can anyone explain this system to me?

Does anyone else here hunt in Iowa as an out of stater?

Any thoughts, ideas or pointers about hunting there?

My intent it so apply next year, knowing I will likely not be able to go - and just hunt IL, MO or some other midwest state as I build toward being able to go to Iowa...

All help is appreciated!

 

Best regards and happy hunting!

JimBob in SC

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Anyone?

jim boyd wrote:

Hello Folks!

 

I am in SC and would love to go to Iowa on a deer hunt - on public land.

I know the system takes a year or two (maybe three) to get points accumulated...

Can anyone explain this system to me?

Does anyone else here hunt in Iowa as an out of stater?

Any thoughts, ideas or pointers about hunting there?

My intent it so apply next year, knowing I will likely not be able to go - and just hunt IL, MO or some other midwest state as I build toward being able to go to Iowa...

All help is appreciated!

 

Best regards and happy hunting!

JimBob in SC

 

Hey,

I too would like some reliable information on public land in Iowa.  I have a buddy who has spent three weeks out there this year, but he leased a section of private land which was pretty expensive.  He missed a 160"+ a couple weeks ago and has passed on numerous 130 class bucks.

They raised the cost of the preference points to $50 a year this year.  The number of points needed will depend on the area you plan on hunting as well as if you are hunting with a bow or firearm.  It will take 1-3 points depending on that criteria.  I have two points right now, but will probably wait one more year before I head there as I want to have a good plan in motion prior to heading out there.  While there is a ton of AG land out there, there are a fair amount of draws, trees, and creek bottoms to hunt as well.  

I want to make that trip as routine as possible though so every 3-4 years would be great unless I can find a good spot that doesn't take as many points.  

I'd love to hear from other out-of-staters who have experience there with DIY hunts.

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