Summit Treestands
Iowa Done
Whitetail Deer
Contributors to this thread:
BULELK1 15-May-19
Wishedhead 15-May-19
Shaft 15-May-19
Wishedhead 15-May-19
BULELK1 15-May-19
pav 15-May-19
MQQSE 15-May-19
Single bevel 15-May-19
njbuck 15-May-19
midwest 15-May-19
sticksender 15-May-19
t-roy 15-May-19
5575 15-May-19
JW 15-May-19
otcWill 15-May-19
AndyK 15-May-19
kevin3006 15-May-19
5575 15-May-19
c5ken 15-May-19
SaddleReaper 15-May-19
Deerplotter 15-May-19
5575 15-May-19
5575 15-May-19
standswittaknife 15-May-19
Jake 15-May-19
bigswivle 15-May-19
Bowboy 15-May-19
Don K 15-May-19
Shawn 15-May-19
IdyllwildArcher 15-May-19
midwest 16-May-19
Boreal 16-May-19
olebuck 16-May-19
ground hunter 16-May-19
t-roy 16-May-19
IdyllwildArcher 16-May-19
midwest 16-May-19
MQQSE 16-May-19
leo17 16-May-19
gobbler 16-May-19
MQQSE 16-May-19
Pyrannah 16-May-19
IdyllwildArcher 16-May-19
MQQSE 16-May-19
BULELK1 17-May-19
BULELK1 17-May-19
midwest 17-May-19
WV Mountaineer 17-May-19
midwest 17-May-19
t-roy 17-May-19
BULELK1 18-May-19
Single bevel 18-May-19
leo17 19-May-19
lineman21 19-May-19
MQQSE 19-May-19
t-roy 19-May-19
MQQSE 19-May-19
From: BULELK1
15-May-19
I got my Application submitted this early AM.

0 points......haha

Good luck, Robb

From: Wishedhead
15-May-19
Next week I’ll do mine and do Az deer and sheep too. Hoping to draw in Iowa. 55% chance in my unit with my points

From: Shaft
15-May-19
I heard the NR fees went up..... I will be applying this weekend with 4 points. Just wondering what the total $$ was at checkout? Ouch!....not sure I want to know.

From: Wishedhead
15-May-19
I always figure on $750 by the time I get my tag if I put in with two points. They’ll get whatever they want for an increase. The number of new people or people that are sandbagging points increases every year.

From: BULELK1
15-May-19
$660.00-ish OTD...……….

It hurt a lil' bit at first......ha

Good luck, Robb

From: pav
15-May-19
Point only here...gets me back up to three.

From: MQQSE
15-May-19
My son was smart and went to college there. I pay the out of state tuition and he gets resident deer and turkey permits. He’s no dummy.

From: Single bevel
15-May-19
$64.52 for a point this year. And no phone sales. Internet sales only.

From: njbuck
15-May-19
Drew last year and had a hunt of a life time, points only for me this year.

From: midwest
15-May-19
That's funny, MQQSE.

From: sticksender
15-May-19
Failed to draw zone 5 last year with 3pts, and can't go this year. Hopefully 5pts will get 'er done in 2020.

From: t-roy
15-May-19
Sounds like he’s “management” material to me, MQQSE!

Hopefully, he, at least, helps with the food plots! ;-)

From: 5575
15-May-19
Anyone recommend a good outfitter down there. I have hunted there several times all on my own, looking to try something different. Would like to find a place that manages for gross 150-160+ animals.

From: JW
15-May-19
Just got my point. Back up to two. Hoping for a zone 5 tag in two years but it may take longer than that.

From: otcWill
15-May-19
Just got my 4th point. Maybe hunt IA next Nov

From: AndyK
15-May-19
I bought my second point this year. Hoping to hunt in a year or 2!

From: kevin3006
15-May-19
Straight Arrow Outfitters Steve Hanson Zone 5 manages for 5+ year old deer which should meet your specs on score.

From: 5575
15-May-19
Thanks allot Kevin appreciate it!

From: c5ken
15-May-19
Mr. 5575

Try Shermoe Adventures 586-212-4319 This guy is an honest outfitter that will put you on to some great whitetails....

From: SaddleReaper
15-May-19
I know a lot of people that have hunted with Shermoe (successful hunts i might add)... and all of them highly recommend that operation.

From: Deerplotter
15-May-19
Yep nice photo gallery Looks to be $5900

From: 5575
15-May-19
Yikes, ah yeah that's not gonna happen deerplotter! I can go on the best deer hunts in Alberta for that price. I'd rather just find ground where they turn you loose, no stands, no food, no lodging. Like I said I've hunted public ground many times in southern Iowa and have taken some darn good deer, probably just end up doing the same thing again. Its just that before this I always went on my own. This time my oldest son and one of my best friends who also just happens to be a western Canadian outfitter are along for the hunt. And I thought we'd spoil ourselves a little. To be honest a 150+ deer is fairly common if you hunt long and hard every season around here,so paying a bunch for one in Iowa doesn't make allot of sense. Thanks for the heads up!

From: 5575
15-May-19
Hollay $1800 for a turkey hunt! ha ha around here the farmers would love for you to get rid of every single one of them if you could.

15-May-19
bought another point.. I have 6 already but keep donating. Have no clue when I'll go but when I want to i'll be ready.

From: Jake
15-May-19
I am good to go in Iowa zone 4. Have 4 preference points so this year hopefully I go. Yippie.

From: bigswivle
15-May-19
Point for me, even though I’ve got 5. Not in the cards this year to make that trip

From: Bowboy
15-May-19
I've already got 5 points banked. I'll probably cash them in next season. I already have a free hunt in KS this fall.

From: Don K
15-May-19
Now that I see my son didnt draw Utah Elk, I will be burning my Iowa points this year. My wife thought I drew a elk tag with the IA tag cost............

From: Shawn
15-May-19
I have 3 pts gonna buy another although I know several guys who draw with 1pt a lot of years. Shawn

15-May-19
Went last year so I'm buying a point, but dad will for sure draw western IA with 3 points. I had to make him promise he'd at least hold out for a 2.5 year old since I'm paying so much for the tag and my attempts to talk him out of shooting a doe on public land were futile. My dad is "brown-its-down" for life. I still wonder if he has it in him to pass a fork.

The apple doesn't fall very far from the tree.

From: midwest
16-May-19
I hope your dad kills a monster, Ike.

From: Boreal
16-May-19
Picked up another point. I'm up to 3 now. I should draw zone 4 next year.

From: olebuck
16-May-19
i bought mine. i drew last year.

can't wait to go back...

16-May-19
I hunt zone 10, 2 points is what I need, but can draw on one point,,,, like that place

From: t-roy
16-May-19
Ike....your dad can shoot a doe AND hold out for a 2.5 yr old buck. You still get an antlerless AND an either sex tag, correct?

16-May-19
Yup, as of last year anyways.

From: midwest
16-May-19
You can shoot a spike on your antlerless tag, too!

From: MQQSE
16-May-19
I hate to say it, but I get a NR muzzy tag every other year and my son gets his in state tags every year. We own a farm in zone 5 and I can’t stand to wait every 3-4 years to hunt my own farm. I wouldn’t trade it for anything but just wish I could bow hunt it more often than never.

From: leo17
16-May-19
MQQse you can bow hunt during the muzzleloader season

From: gobbler
16-May-19
Putting in with 4 points

From: MQQSE
16-May-19
Leo17

Great question! Here is what Google shows and I believe to be true. Good news!

“Hunters with a late muzzleloader license may use a bow, muzzleloader, handgun and Iowa residents may also use a crossbow. Hunters may not use a shotgun or centerfire rifles during late muzzleloader season and party hunting is not allowed.”

Check the regs to be certain though!

From: Pyrannah
16-May-19
Hunting muzz season is a heck of a lot different than hunting the month of November

I so wish we could go every year, but it would not be what it is if we could

The wait adds to the anticipation and complete awesomeness of iowa!!

The residents are the best I have met so far in my limited travels

16-May-19
"The residents are the best I have met so far in my limited travels"

I could introduce you to a few that would change your mind about that... ;)

From: MQQSE
16-May-19
I love the late season. We farm our own land so I can leave all the crops we want in the locations we desire. It’s a different time of year for sure but you see tons of deer and if the weather cooperates the cold squeezes some giants out of the timber when the sun is still shining.

From: BULELK1
17-May-19
Ya busted me Adam!! ha

Good luck, Robb

From: BULELK1
17-May-19

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What are these ball things? They aren't wasp nest from the summer.

This is the only tree that had them in it last year on my bow hunt.

Thanks

Good luck, Robb

From: midwest
17-May-19
Those are hedge apples, Robb. That's an osage orange tree. Farmers used to make fence posts out of it. Considered by many to be the best wood for a self bow.

Try trimming it with your pruning saw sometime or screwing a tree step in it. Like freakin iron!

17-May-19
Osage orange

From: midwest
17-May-19
""The residents are the best I have met so far in my limited travels"

"I could introduce you to a few that would change your mind about that... ;)""

I represent that statement, Ike. ;-)

From: t-roy
17-May-19
“I could introduce you to a few that would change your mind about that”

Maybe they’re a good judge of character, Ike! ;-)

Yep. Like midwest stated, those hedge apples are from a Bois D’Arc, Hedge Apple, Horse Apple, Osage Orange tree. They still do make fence posts out of them. A buddy cuts and sells some every year. They don’t rot when set in the ground. Lots of them still standing that have been in the ground for the last 75-100+ years. You can drive a fencing staple in them when they’re still green, but once they are seasoned, you practically have to pre drill the holes. They are very prevalent in southern Iowa, but not so much, the farther north in the state that you get. People put the fruits/balls in their basements and around the foundation as a natural insect repellent. Supposed to repel spiders, cockroaches, boxelder bugs, crickets, etc.

From: BULELK1
18-May-19
Thanks for the follow-up Fella's.

Good luck, Robb

From: Single bevel
18-May-19
Yeah, trying to screw a step into Osage is like trying to go into an I-beam. I actually broke a step lag trying to set an Iowa Osage tree. Hand drills and bolts work really well though. My Treehopper drill actually drills hard trees better than soft trees. I'm lovin' bolts.

From: leo17
19-May-19

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Mqqse,I think you should be fine. I attached the table with legal means of take.
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Mqqse,I think you should be fine. I attached the table with legal means of take.

From: lineman21
19-May-19
Old farmer I worked for as a kid used to tell me a hedge post would outlast 3 post holes.

From: MQQSE
19-May-19

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I doubt this post on my Iowa farm was hedge. Had it been it may have withstood the abuse unleashed upon it over the years. Most likely black locust.

From: t-roy
19-May-19

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lineman21.......^^^ that’s funny!!

MQQSE.......I just pulled this post last week and set another one in it’s place. I don’t think it would have lasted another season. Not sure If your’s will either! Might use mine for a pedestal mount.

From: MQQSE
19-May-19

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t-roy

I did the same thing!

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