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Iowa

Grade Breakdown by Resident and Nonresident

Residents: B-
Nonresidents: A-
Individual Reports and Comments
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Boatman71 (resident)
Buck Quality: B+
Deer Quantity: A-
Deer Management: B
Over 80 hours in the stand, seeing more and more deer every year after the EHD outbreak a few years back.
BOWNBIRDHNTR (resident)
Buck Quality: B
Deer Quantity: D
Deer Management: D
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.
Zim1 (nonresident)
Buck Quality: A+
Deer Quantity: A+
Deer Management: A+
Thank god I had the points to draw Iowa this year and escape Illinois' grade F public land.
Dan kennedy (resident)
Buck Quality: A-
Deer Quantity: A
Deer Management: B-
State let's too many does t to be harvaested
Hawkarcher (resident)
Buck Quality: C
Deer Quantity: C
Deer Management: B
Fewer deer. Fewer mature bucks but plenty of young bucks.
Cody Bonner (nonresident)
Buck Quality: A+
Deer Quantity: A-
Deer Management: A-
Amazing quality of bucks. Few management things that could be changed for the better. But all around great hunting
Billy Tate (resident)
Buck Quality: B-
Deer Quantity: D-
Deer Management: F
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)
Buck Quality: A
Deer Quantity: A-
Deer Management: A
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.
Mike (resident)
Buck Quality: A
Deer Quantity: A+
Deer Management: C
Need to get rid of party hunting
Chuck (resident)
Buck Quality: B-
Deer Quantity: B
Deer Management: C
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)
Buck Quality: A-
Deer Quantity: D-
Deer Management: C+
Dnr reducing numbers.
Aaron (resident)
Buck Quality: A
Deer Quantity: B
Deer Management: B
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.
JusPassin (resident)
Buck Quality: B-
Deer Quantity: C+
Deer Management: D
few mature bucks. deer seem to be managed for quantity, not quality.
12yards (nonresident)
Buck Quality: B
Deer Quantity: B+
Deer Management: A-
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)
Buck Quality: A
Deer Quantity: A
Deer Management: A
Private land for me
Kyle (resident)
Buck Quality: A+
Deer Quantity: A+
Deer Management: A+
The number of booners taken.
Derek (resident)
Buck Quality: B
Deer Quantity: B+
Deer Management: C+
A lot less small bucks need to be harvested
Christian Jaren Cook (resident)
Buck Quality: C
Deer Quantity: B
Deer Management: B
Lots of little bucks like fork bucks.
Deerman (resident)
Buck Quality: D
Deer Quantity: B
Deer Management: B-
Very few nature bucks
Caleb Buck (resident)
Buck Quality: A-
Deer Quantity: A+
Deer Management: A
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)
Buck Quality: A+
Deer Quantity: A+
Deer Management: A+
many big bucks
IowaHawkeye (resident)
Buck Quality: A
Deer Quantity: C+
Deer Management: C+
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.
PSUhoss (nonresident)
Buck Quality: A-
Deer Quantity: B
Deer Management: F
Illinois needs to limit the number of bucks killed to 1 per year, regardless of season or weapon.
sticksender (nonresident)
Buck Quality: B+
Deer Quantity: A
Deer Management: B+
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.
Gman (nonresident)
Buck Quality: C+
Deer Quantity: B
Deer Management: B
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)
Buck Quality: A-
Deer Quantity: A-
Deer Management: A-
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.
Jerry (resident)
Buck Quality: A+
Deer Quantity: A
Deer Management: A+
Sound Dnr management
Rodney Duane Johnson (resident)
Buck Quality: D+
Deer Quantity: D+
Deer Management: F
in my area is heavily hunted in all seasons so deer is scarce
Jared Sypnieski (nonresident)
Buck Quality: A+
Deer Quantity: A+
Deer Management: A
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)
Buck Quality: A
Deer Quantity: B
Deer Management: B+
Observations and talking with DNR people at Iowa State fair gave me a good feeling about the program ahead
patdel (resident)
Buck Quality: A-
Deer Quantity: B
Deer Management: B-
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.
Jeff (resident)
Buck Quality: B+
Deer Quantity: C
Deer Management: B
Based on 2017 season
Rob in VT (nonresident)
Buck Quality: B-
Deer Quantity: B+
Deer Management: B
I saw bucks every time on stand but not the big boys as locals describe. Had a great hunt.
Brett Dolecheck (nonresident)
Buck Quality: A+
Deer Quantity: A+
Deer Management: B
The quality of bucks and does is awesome. I think the mgmt. program from non-residents could be improved some.
Matt Finney (nonresident)
Buck Quality: A
Deer Quantity: A
Deer Management: A
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.
Hawkeye (resident)
Buck Quality: B
Deer Quantity: A+
Deer Management: A
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.
JW (nonresident)
Buck Quality: A+
Deer Quantity: B+
Deer Management: A+
Iowa does it right. I'll gladly wait 3-4 years for a quality hunt Keeps pressure low and buck age structure is excellent.
NEIAbowhunter (resident)
Buck Quality: B+
Deer Quantity: B
Deer Management: B-
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
ahunter55 (resident)
Buck Quality: C
Deer Quantity: C
Deer Management: C
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.
t-roy (resident)
Buck Quality: D+
Deer Quantity: B-
Deer Management: A-
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
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