Tips on Hunting Deers in Iowa

Iowa is one of the most preferred places in the U.S. for hunting, The deer population is just the right amount to accommodate the staggering amount of hunters who visit during hunting season, and the state also has one of the nation’s best venison donation programs, so you are always sure that your hunts will make a difference to a family somewhere. However, if you don’t want to make some novice mistakes while in Iowa, you might want to keep the following things in mind:

Enjoy the Small Things

This tip comes off as a hokey feel-good adage from a random film, but it’s actually very appropriate for deer hunting. The sport requires a lot of patience, and you are likely to get bored and frustrated real fast if you don’t learn to appreciate the small things that happen between your kills. These includes appreciating the birds, squirrels and coyotes you see while making that perfect shot, or simply chatting up your fellow hunters for the first time.

Hunt on Private Lands But Seek Permission

If you find it hard to score a kill due to the number of competition while hunting on public lands and wildlife management areas, you may want to hunt on private lands as the competition will definitely be lower or even non-existent. But you have to make sure you have the permission of the landowner, for both ethical and safety reasons. Public lands in the western half of the state are ideal for mule deers, but they will also be host for whitetails.  

Break Old Habits and Take Advantage of Smaller Areas

It’s natural to hunt in the usual places, because that’s where deer is aplenty, but sometimes you can avoid competing with other hunters by taking advantage of smaller, less-hunted areas. These small areas can sometimes hold some of the larger unpressured deer.

Watch the Reaction of Does and Young Bucks

While you normally avoid does and young bucks, you should make an effort to watch them when you see them in the wild. Look at the direction of their gaze. If they frequently look over the shoulder, it is a sign that they are being pursued or followed by a much larger animal.

Carry a First Aid Kit For Your Dog

Hunting dogs are very capable, dependable hunting partners. But sometimes they are so dependable that hunters tend to forget that they can get into accidents and get hurt as well, and so forget to bring a first aid kit for the dog. Do not forget to ensure the safety of your ever loyal hunting partner when you go out to hunt.