Grade Breakdown by Resident and Nonresident
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Over 80 hours in the stand, seeing more and more deer every year after the EHD outbreak a few years back.
Yes, I saw a few very nice bucks this year. EHD hit my area hard in 2016 so numbers are way down. DNR needs to pay attention to their biologists, not insurance companies and farmers.
Thank god I had the points to draw Iowa this year and escape Illinois' grade F public land.
Dan kennedy (resident)
State let's too many does t to be harvaested
Fewer deer. Fewer mature bucks but plenty of young bucks.
Cody Bonner (nonresident)
Amazing quality of bucks. Few management things that could be changed for the better. But all around great hunting
Billy Tate (resident)
I bow and shot gun hunt and don't think people should be allowed to do deer drives on public hunting land because they ruining the hunt for others by pushing the deer off the public land
Dean Kelley (nonresident)
Observed a wide range of buck age classes, buck to doe ratio was in balance. Iowa limits non resident hunters to not over hunt the deer herd.
Need to get rid of party hunting
The only negative is the gun season. Everyone group hunts with deer drives. There is no respect for property lines. They don’t always tag what they shoot.
Eric Rahe (resident)
Dnr reducing numbers.
Lack of true rifle season allows our above average herd to grow more mature bucks than most states. DNR does a solid job of managing deer herd. Best state for resident bow hunters.
few mature bucks. deer seem to be managed for quantity, not quality.
Had a fun hunt this year but the quality of bucks on public land seemed to be down and pressure was up.
Charlie Rehor (nonresident)
Private land for me
The number of booners taken.
A lot less small bucks need to be harvested
Christian Jaren Cook (resident)
Lots of little bucks like fork bucks.
Very few nature bucks
Caleb Buck (resident)
Lots of deer lots of big doe’s and lots of bucks big, monsters, and small. Seen way more deer than I have any other year
lin nightingale (resident)
many big bucks
I hunt my own private land and am used to seeing a lot more deer that what I observed this year. Quality was as good or better than ever, but numbers are down.
Illinois needs to limit the number of bucks killed to 1 per year, regardless of season or weapon.
One of the very few states that actually tries to manage for quality & age structure by deferring gun pressure to after the rut, keeping primitive weapons primitive, & short range weapons short range.
I hunt private land. My past 2 trjps over the past 4 years have resulted in few if any shot opprotunities. This year I saw only 1 mature buck in 7+ days of solid hunting.
Hans Holkesvik (resident)
Iowa has some fantastic deer hunting opportunities- especially for residents. Each year trophy deer are harvested and the population of the iowa deer herd is very high. You can thank the dnr for that.
Sound Dnr management
Rodney Duane Johnson (resident)
in my area is heavily hunted in all seasons so deer is scarce
Jared Sypnieski (nonresident)
Plentiful deer, quality deer and sound management practices make Iowa the Mecca of the Whitetail world. Public ground is accessible and provisions are made to sustain wildlife through the winter.
Peter Gregoire (nonresident)
Observations and talking with DNR people at Iowa State fair gave me a good feeling about the program ahead
Time for DNR to lay off the does. Or for hunters to stop shooting "extra ones". Blame goes both ways. Numbers are down. Let biologists manage the herd. Not farm bureau and insurance companies.
Based on 2017 season
Rob in VT (nonresident)
I saw bucks every time on stand but not the big boys as locals describe. Had a great hunt.
Brett Dolecheck (nonresident)
The quality of bucks and does is awesome. I think the mgmt. program from non-residents could be improved some.
Matt Finney (nonresident)
I'm an Indiana resident and hunted Iowa for the first time this year. I hunted in the Loess Hills State Forest - Mondamin Unit and was blown away at how much better it was than the public in Indiana.
Great numbers of deer with a few mature bucks seen throughout the season. The trend is moving in the right direction with the more traditional gun seasons back vs those of a few years prior.
Iowa does it right. I'll gladly wait 3-4 years for a quality hunt Keeps pressure low and buck age structure is excellent.
Worst/weirdest rut Ive ever seen. The number of bucks I saw was way down compared to past years. I did get on a couple of hot does with 4+ bucks all trailing her together and there were some nice deer
ONLY my area of N.E. Iowa. Private land unmanaged. Ive seen the least amount of Deer numbers & quality of Bucks than past 5 years. Gun hunters on this property had their worst year in 10.
This overall grade was for this year only. It was the strangest rut I have ever experienced. Overall, I saw very little rutting activity, plus I had fewer quality, mature bucks on cameras last year