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We only take 3-4 hunters per week!
2023 SEMI-GUIDED HUNTS IN ZONE 5 & ZONE 6
2024 SEMI-GUIDED & FULLY GUIDED HUNTS IN ZONE 5 & ZONE 6
MDLO currently offers hybrid DIY+Semi-Guided whitetail deer hunts in Southern Iowa's Zone 5 and Zone 6 for 2023 (Fully Guided Hunts coming in 2024!) that are uniquely attractive to the more avid hunters who are looking for an outfitter to provide them with a real opportunity to hunt 100% wild & free-ranging trophy whitetails on private leases while taking on more responsibility and gaining more freedom than conventional outfitted guided whitetail deer hunts.
WHAT IS A HYBRID
DIY + SEMI-GUIDED HUNT?
A Hybrid DIY + Semi-Guided Hunt is one that does not carry any accommodations (food, travel, lodging, etc.) but has farms that are conservatively, often minimally, set-up to hunt as deemed proper by MDLO prior to the hunt starting while also giving you the ability to hang your own stand sets (lock-on or saddle) and set your own blind setup with prior approval by MDLO. This is a true effort of teamwork start to finish between hunter and outfitter. Of course, this added responsibility/ability onto the hunter requires deer hunting & bowhunting skill. This is not a hunt style for someone wanting or needing over-the-shoulder guidance or in-person attention. This is 100% real, authentic whitetail deer hunting for corn-fed monster whitetails in the greatest area of the country, Southern Iowa.
IOWA DEER HUNTING SEASONS & HUNTS
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Hunt Dates & Rates
WHAT IS A FULLY GUIDED HUNT?
A Fully Guided Hunt is one that is all of the above defined in the DIY+Semi-Guided Hybrid hunts, but you have a guide guiding you on your hunt. The guide will drive you to and from the farm every day and remain nearby in the case you need him. Your guide will also be scouting that farm from the road and other farms/areas that are relevant to your hunt. Two meals, a sack lunch and a normal dinner meal in the evening, is provided daily by the guide during the course of the hunt. Alcoholic drinks are not covered due to liability reasons. Field Care, gutting and transportation to a local processor if desired, is also provided to you. This hunt carries much less responsibility and less freedom to roam as the guide and MDLO will dictate 100% which stand and/or blind you hunt. It is a controlled environment compared to the DIY+Semi-Guided Hybrid Hunt. Take the simpler approach and let MDLO take more of the responsibility with your hunt for you.
WHAT TYPE OF DEER DO WE PURSUE?
We are very specific about the type of deer that we allow our clients to hunt & harvest. We aim to only hunt & harvest deer that are 5-1/2 or older, regardless of rack score. Maturity is our target metric when judging quality deer in Southern Iowa, and we hope that all of our clients follow this same thought. Growing mature deer, regardless of score, requires they reach the age of 5-1/2. Our "shot opportunities" are founded based on maturity, not score. Our deer are 100% wild and 100% free-ranging, so they can come and go as they please. Fair-chase hunting for mature trophy whitetail deer that are either 5-1/2 and older or 160" gross B&C or larger is our goal at MDLO. From 170" 4-1/2 year olds to 150" 6-1/2 year olds, we have a healthy crop of local bucks that we pursue.
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