IOWA ARCHERY DEER HUNTS
100% Wild & Free-Range Trophy Bucks
WHAT MAKES MDL OUTFITTERS SPECIAL
When you hunt with us, you are not hunting with a normal outfitter. I prefer the term "hunt manager" instead of "outfitter"... For instance,
1. HUNT A MINIMUM OF 7 DAYS UP TO A MAXIMUM OF 21 DAYS
This was a big deal for us from an operational standpoint. The last thing that I want to do is to send someone home if they have the time to hunt. You have four date sections (A,B,C,D) to choose from to hunt, and the entire stretch of time is your's to use at your discretion. I'll provide advisement/input on what days I recommend within the section, but if you have the time to hunt, I hope that is what you plan to do. The more time you put into a tree, the higher your odds are to see and kill your buck. So, yes, your hunt cost covers between 7 and 21 days, all of the days in your Hunt Section.
2. THE ABILITY TO HUNT MULTIPLE FARMS AT MDL'S DISCRETION
Every hunt has a first day. Matt will tell you which stand or blind he wants you to start in and why. He will also explain how many days he wants you to stay in that spot before moving. We don't stand-hop. Yet, if Matt comes across valuable intel that makes him want to move you, he will. That is why communicating with him from the tree or blind via text is so important to our overall hunt strategy. He might move you to a different spot on that farm, or he might even move you to a different farm. This isn't a DIY hunt, so this is up to Matt. Don't guide the guide. Let him work. We'd much rather have you blame us than yourself if something doesn't pan out on a specific deer, spot, farm, or hunt.
3. MDL'S ZONE DEFENSE MENTALITY DURING THE RUT
When we are hunting the pre-rut, rut, peak rut, late rut, and post rut, we are playing a game with these whitetails that we can't control - breeding & roaming space. With the deer being able to literally go anywhere, we have to spread out and cover our areas to the best of our abilities. Matt hates losing an opportunity at a deer because we didn't put a guy where a guy needed to be. Another benefit of this is that there is literally no bias towards any one hunter or any one spot. Saying one stand is better than another is silly since we can't predict the deer's movements caused by the deer's spontaneous thinking. Hunt hard. That is it.
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STEPS TO BOOKING
YOUR IOWA ARCHERY
WHITETAIL DEER HUNT
1. CHOOSE WHICH ZONE YOU WISH
2. CHOOSE WHICH DATE SECTION YOU
WISH TO HUNT
• SECTION ALPHA
IA: OCT. 1ST - 21ST
(HUNT 7-21 DAYS)
• SECTION BRAVO
IA: OCT. 22ND - NOV. 11TH
(HUNT 7-21 DAYS)
PRE-RUT & RUT
• SECTION CHARLIE
IA: NOV. 12TH - 30TH
(HUNT 7-19 DAYS)
LATE TO POST-RUT
• SECTION DELTA
IA: DEC. 26TH - JAN. 10TH
(HUNT 7-16 DAYS)
3. BOOK YOUR HUNT
& PAY YOUR
After you have selected which date section (A, B, C, D) to hunt, you should call us to check availability of the desired hunt package and to discuss the hunt!
HOW TO BOOK
• Pay a $500 Deposit Due at Time of Booking & the remaining balance in two 50% payments, Feb 1st and Aug 1st of the hunt year if successful in the tag lottery. Also, you are required to fill out a Hunter Questionnaire and the Hunt Booking Form (same page on site), and you must affirm & sign a Hunt Contract at Time of Booking
4. APPLY FOR
IOWA DEER TAG ONLINE
You are responsible for applying for and obtaining your own hunting license/permits/tags as required by the respective state that you which to hunt. The Iowa tag application period opens in early May.
Please contact us directly with questions about the Zone (IA) to apply in prior to booking a hunt. We can't guarantee placement if you book after the draw.
Please use our website menu to find the respective pages highlighting Iowa Non-Resident deer tags/permits.
OUR SPECIALTY - BIG ARCHERY BUCKS
We love everything about archery hunting for big mature whitetails. From the early season patterning of extended summer feeding routines to the late season corn and soybean last-light dinners, the deer have to eat to stay alive and well. From the start of the archery season to the pre-rut, peak rut, lock-down phase, post-rut, and wintering phase, the deer will move between bedding, food, in funnels that pinch and/or have water. Sounds quite simple, doesn't it?
Us bowhunters know all too well how difficult it is to kill a mature whitetail buck. There are only so many factors that we can control, and yet, it's still a challenge to kill just one brute. That's not to mention the use of archery equipment keeping shots under 60 yards. The challenge is what continues to spark the interest year after year for bowhunters like us. The surprise factor is what keeps us on alert from sun-up to sun-down on all of these stand sits. The trophy and the experience is the icing on the cake. We get it.
We have established a plan on how to hunt these mature whitetails in southern Iowa to the best of our abilities. We look at the archery season as having four different sections. Each section (Alpha, Bravo, Charlie, Delta) has its own unique hunting strategy that we feel is best for increasing the odds of seeing and killing one of these brutes during the: (A) early season, (B) pre & peak rut, (C) lock-down and post-rut, and (D) late season. These are the four date-sections that you have to choose from when booking an archery hunt with us in southern Iowa.
After choosing such, we need to choose what type of farm we will be hunting on: standard or trophy. There is a whole lot of difference between the two types of farms, but then again, they're not so different. The main deciding factor in what we label the farm type as has to do with the known deer genetics, score-wise, of local bucks and new bucks that we have seen on the farm up until we assign hunters to their farms in late August or September. After the genetic potential is calculated, we look at how hunt-able the farm is, the quality of the neighborhood and neighbors, the size of the farm, the crop rotation, judgement on food source(s), and we make our final judgement on the farm, labeling it either a standard farm or trophy farm. Now, we should remind you that southern Iowa can produce giants anywhere at anytime, but it's just not that simple of a thought process on the matter. Some farms as just better than others, which is why we offer a slightly lower hunt cost on standard farms. If we did not separate them like such, we would charge the trophy farm rates on all of our farms. We just don't think that is 100% fair. You can still kill a record-book whitetail on a standard farm. It's free-range hunting, and the whitetails do not know the property lines, how much is invested by hunters to kill them, or just how special a farm is compared to another.
When you start hunting, you become our most current scouting source. It is extremely important for you to communicate with us. Such info may cause us to want to change stands or even farms. Communication is the key to success more times than not! All stand sites have been selected based off of experience and purpose. We start the hunts in an almost 'zone defense' before breaking off to attack a certain area until we kill a specific buck or two. Then, we go back to the zone defense until we find a new target, and then we press/blitz them again, and repeating until we are done. It is actually a conservative yet timely & aggressive move that helps us kill big deer every year. If it's not broke, don't fix it, right? Yet, we are always learning about these deer and adjusting our strategies and theories on them. That is our commitment to our clients who trust us with their hunt, time, money, and effort. We can't guarantee a shot opportunity on a monster buck within bow range, but we can guarantee that we are going to try our absolute hardest to make it happen. Thanks for reading!
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED?
LODGING & MEALS ARE NOT INCLUDED IN OUR HUNT PACKAGES.
HOWEVER, WE SEND OUT OUR RECOMMENDED LOCAL
PLACES TO STAY & EAT MONTHS IN ADVANCE TO HELP YOU PLAN YOUR TRIP. SOME HUNTERS EVEN SLEEP IN THEIR TRUCKS & PACK ALL OF THEIR FOOD. IT IS ALL UP TO YOU.
TRAVEL TO & FROM HUNTING AREA IS NOT INCLUDED IN OUR HUNT PACKAGES
HOWEVER, WE HELP YOU WITH DROPPED PINS, YOUR GPS ON YOUR PHONE, AND WE MEET YOU AT THE FARM TO SHOW YOU AROUND 1-2 DAYS BEFORE YOUR HUNT IS SCHEDULED TO START. WE ARE ALWAYS A PHONE CALL AWAY.
TROPHY CARE IS NOT INCLUDED IN OUR HUNT PACKAGES
HOWEVER, WE DICTATE THAT WE MUST ALWAYS ACCOMPANY OUR HUNTERS ON THE RECOVERY, AND WE HELP WITH FIELD CARE ALONGSIDE OF OUR HUNTERS.
WE DO HAVE A RECOMMENDED LOCAL TAXIDERMIST:
OLD BARN TAXIDERMY