ABOUT US

Windy Ridge Outfitting is located in Van Buren County, Iowa. Our location has created the greatest opportunity in the world for white-tailed deer hunters: to hunt the low pressured, rut-crazed whitetails of the Midwest.

Established in 2006 with just two clients, Windy Ridge Outfitting has successfully grown into the premier outfitting operation in southeast Iowa. Owned and operated by Nick and Abby Boley, it is a family business and you can often find our kids chatting with the hunters in camp or riding along helping with food plots and checking trail cameras throughout the year.

Once in a Lifetime Moments

We consider our clients part of the “Windy Ridge Family,” and we both take great pride in our client’s satisfaction. Although our hunters harvest many “once in a lifetime” bucks, we truly believe that a great hunt is about the overall experience. Over 80% of our clients are repeat business each and every year and become great friends.

Every hunter should experience this opportunity at least once. Our goal with Windy Ridge Outfitting is to give each hunter the best possible experience hunting in southeast Iowa. We believe our farms are the best of the best. We have quite possibly the finest deer hunting properties in the Midwest, and we will offer you a premier experience when it comes to the quality of your hunt. Our staff is not only extremely knowledgeable on white-tailed hunting but very professional and courteous.

We pride our operation as a low-pressure hunting environment, meshing the right amount of property with a selective number of clients who hunt with us each year. We offer you the “hunt of a lifetime,” where you have a very good chance to bag the “deer of a lifetime.”  We will be running limited numbers of hunters, with some booking three years in advance. We have over 10,000 of the best acres available in Iowa with hundreds of acres of food plots. 

As the owners and operators of Windy Ridge Outfitting, we have over 20 years of experience in the white-tailed woods individually and 40 years collectively. While having killed several Pope and Young deer, nothing compares to what our clients have killed over the past ten years. This is a testament to our desire to put our clients first and foremost. Our guides are some of the best you can find anywhere.

Frequently Asked Questions

What am I responsible for and what do I need to bring?

You are responsible for the following: 

  • Purchasing your appropriate tags and licenses
  • Obeying the rules and regulations of Iowa’s Dept. of Natural Resources
  • Your own personal hunting equipment e.g. firearms, bows, clothing, coolers, safety belts and harnesses, boot dryers, etc.
  • Any special dietary requirements that you may have
  • Meat processing fees and trophy mounting fees plus any shipping fees involved.
    • There is a local meat locker that we use and we also have a taxidermist that we recommend if you choose.

What about food and cooking arrangements?

All meals are provided. Breakfast usually consists of toast, bagels, cereal, donuts, etc. A sack lunch is provided while you are in the field. A full multi-course, home-cooked meal is provided in the evening. We provide several snacks as well, but if you have any “favorites” you should bring those as well.

What types of stands or blinds are available?

We have several different types of stands. For archery, we use lock-on stands with 20′ climbing sticks and for firearm seasons we use 20’ ladder stands as well as enclosed shooting houses. Hunters may bring climbing stands of their own if they would like.

What is included with your lodging?

We built a new lodge in 2017 with 12 bedrooms and 14 bathrooms where we will provide all bed linens, pillows, towels, and meals. Bring your own snacks and personal items. Please call us if you have any specific dietary requirements as we try to be as accommodating as we can.

What if my vacation time doesn't exactly match your hunt arrival and departure dates?

There may be a little bit of wiggle room, let us know what would work for you and we can see what we can do.

I want to bring along a non-hunting guest. Is this allowed? What will it cost?

Depending on the room we have this can usually be done. Non-hunting guests will be charged a rate of $175 per day covering lodging and meals.

What about caring for the deer meat and the trophy?

Windy Ridge Outfitting guides will field dress your animal and cape the deer if you would like. There is room for you to do some of your own meat processing if you like or there is a local meat locker that we recommend.

Do your guides accept gratuity?

Yes, our guides will be working hard to provide you with anything and everything to make your hunt a success and to ensure you are as comfortable as possible during your stay.  Guides are appreciative of gratuity.

Is there a trophy fee if I kill a Pope & Young or Boone & Crockett buck?

No. your hunt is paid in full and we have no trophy fees. There is, however, a $500.00 fine if a hunter shoots a deer scoring less than our minimum in which state hunt takes place.

What is your policy on wounded bucks?

We will make a strong effort to find your animal. We often succeed in the recovery of marginally hit animals with a “when in doubt we back out” strategy. No hunting will resume until Windy Ridge Outfitting staff has determined the animal to be un-recoverable. Once this happens, the hunter will be allowed to hunt again, but a miss or second wounded animal will result in the end of the hunt.

Do you have a size restriction on your bucks?

Our minimum in Iowa is 140” or 4.5 years old. There is a fine of $500.00 for any deer shot scoring under the minimum imposed by Windy Ridge Outfitting.

How do I tell if a buck will score a 130 or 140 + Pope & Young?

We can give you a “crash course” once you arrive by showing photos and explaining what to look for. Please let us know in advance if you are unsure of how to judge whitetails efficiently and we can give you some photos to look at.

Do you have food plots?

Yes. Windy Ridge Outfitting has possibly the best array of food plots you will find anywhere in the Midwest — weather permitting of course! There are over 100 acres of corn and soybeans, as well as brassica’s, clover, wheat, chicory, and oats.  As well as a year-round rigorous Wild Eighty Mineral supplement program.

Do you have a management policy in place?

Yes, we do. We do our very best to harvest the right amount of does and let our smaller bucks go un-harvested until they are mature. This along with our food and mineral program and the great genetics found in this area provides you with some of the best whitetail hunting in the world.

What size deer will I be hunting?

Most of the bucks harvested here range from 140” – 165”. Every year a few of our hunters are blessed with deer much larger, some even going over 200” but this would not be the “norm.”

What is your hunter's success rate?

We feel that we have exceptional success/opportunity rates here. By keeping the hunting pressure to a minimum and maximizing our herd’s potential we have averaged nearly a 200% opportunity rate. This does not mean that everyone has had the opportunity at two deer above our minimum, but if there were ten guys in camp for a week, there were 20 encounters with deer considered “shooters.” When it comes to actually harvest deer, our gun hunter’s average success rate is 85% on bucks. A bowhunter’s success is around 65% on bucks.

What You Can Expect

Our shot opportunity (not harvested animals, but the opportunity at animals over our minimum) has been hovering at 130% over the last three years. Our success rate, meaning animals taking a ride in the back of the truck, has hovered around 60% for the last five years. Our hunters have been re-booking at a rate of over 80% which is extremely high for the industry.

After the day’s hunt, you will settle in at our lodge, located in the midst of our properties. You will enjoy some very good cooking with plenty of food and a good time amongst friends in the evening.

If you are interested in booking a hunt or have any questions at all, do not hesitate to give us a call.

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