Iowa deer hunting is considered by many hunters as the heavyweight of Midwestern whitetail states. Iowa ranks #2 according to both the Pope and Young and Boone and Crockett records, even though it gives out the least amount of tags of any other state excluding Kansas.
Iowa Deer Hunting Seasons
No rifle hunting is allowed in Iowa. This state only allows shotgun, muzzleloader, handgun and archery seasons. The archery hunt is possibly the best whitetail deer hunting in the world, but it has gotten very difficult to draw a tag (but it’s worth the wait). Because it’s become so difficult to draw an archery tag, the gun hunts have been exceptional because some farms go nearly un-hunted until the firearms seasons.
Iowa hunters are chosen by a draw system, and they do have preference points. Hunter safety certificate may be required if born on or after January 1, 1967.
- Archery Season: 4th week October, through November
- Shotgun/ Muzzleloader Seasons:
- 1st Season begins the first Saturday in December
- 2nd Season begins the second Saturday in December
- Late December through early January (muzzleloader only)
Whitetail Deer Hunting in Iowa Zone 5
Iowa deer hunting with this outfitter is on roughly 5,000 well-managed acres in Zone 5. You’ll be in Appanoose County between Albia and Centerville near Moravia, Iowa.
They have some of the best deer hunting ground in Iowa and in Missouri, and an abundance of young deer that will easily score 125 to 135 inches. However, those same deer will score 150 to 200 inches if allowed to grow. Because of this they have a minimum antler size of 140 inches for 10 points, and 135 inches for 8 points.
Zone 5 is known as the best deer hunting in Iowa.
- Minimum score of 140 inches.
- Archery hunts are pre, and post rut in October through November.
- Gun hunts are in December.
- Muzzleloader hunts go late-December through early January.
- Giant bucks hit the ground in every Iowa deer hunting season.
- All deer hunting in Iowa is by draw only. Contact us if you have a tag!
This outfitter has over 30 years of experience guiding whitetail deer hunters.
- They manage the land for trophy bucks with strict management policies that protect the natural genetics.
- Great meals and accommodations.
- They manage roughly 5,000 acres in Iowa, and 6,500 acres in Missouri.
- They farm the land as well and manipulate the crops for the best deer hunting possible.