What do you recommend? is that enough to draw a tag I would want? Should I try and draw a tag? is there an outfitter you highly recommend? I won't have time to scout public land... what about a lease for one season? Which counties should I be looking at? (I just looked at the odd and Zone 5 takes 5 points, the rest have a chance with 4)
Alot of them were already booked for 2025 this year for the better late October and into November dates.. Outfitted may keep you waiting for another year or two depending on where you could get a tag.
The lease thing I cant help with, and Ive toyed with the idea of hunting public land, but having to wait 5-6 years between tags, I figure personally I would like a better chance to fill my tag. Especially since its going to cost about a grand just for the points and tag.
My goal is the same as yours. Net 130+. Alot of outfitters have a 140 minimum, or pay a hefty penalty for shooting a smaller one. I personally wont pay to hunt somewhere where someone tells me what I can shoot.
FWIW, Im still looking as well, but thought it may give you some food for thought.
I did some research from a thread I had last year and these were some of the recommendations: If any of you have any comments please let me know.
Timberghost in Zone 6
Windy Ridge Outfitters in Cantrill Zone 6
Shermoe Adventures LLC Zone 4
SW Iowa Outfitters Cole Winther Zone 4
Midwest Antler Co Chad Johnson Zone 4
Straight Arrow Outfitter Steve Hanson Zone 5
Looks like I have a good chance at drawing zone 4 and 6 but zone 5 would take another year.