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Iowa Shotgun Recap

Iowa Shotgun Recap

DIY Sportsman  / 

Posted on December 10, 2020

Show Notes

I traveled down to the state of Iowa for the first time to perform a firearms deer hunt. The gun tags for non-residents take significantly fewer points to draw than do non-resident archery tags. In some zones, this could allow a hunting opportunity nearly every year, in a timeframe that doesn't interfere with any other rut hunting. My primary strategy with no prior boots-on-the-ground knowledge was to utilize e-scouting with an emphasis on expected hunter pressure to determine the best locations.

In addition to breaking down how the strategy worked out, I also talk about whether or not I'd plan on doing another shotgun hunt in the future versus applying for points towards an archery tag every few years. Clothing usage was also something I experimented with, using only puffy layers as my primary outerwear to scale the large hills.

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