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Iowa is arguably the best state in North America for hunting huge, mature white-tailed deer. Due to overall lack of pressure and no firearms season during the rut, Iowa produces more Boone and Crockett animals than any other state. All of the record book bucks are produced with one of the lowest numbers of hunters by state, meaning your chances here are better than anywhere in the world. Iowa also leads the world in agricultural production, therefore providing some of the best food and minerals available for the deer to reach their full potential.

Our minimum on bucks harvested in Iowa is 140” or 4 1/2 years old.

For more detailed information on each Iowa hunt, download our Iowa Information Sheet.

2023-2024 Iowa Deer Hunting Packages


Archery Rut Hunt

  • October 28 – November 2
  • November 4 – 9
  • November 11 – 16


Shotgun 1

  • December 2 – 6


Shotgun 2

  • December 9 – 13


Late Muzzleloader

  • January 5 – 10

All hunts include lodging, meals, pre-hung stands, and transportation from the lodge.

To book a hunt within one year, a deposit of 50% is required. All balances are due by September 15, the year of the hunt.

To book a hunt over 1 year out, a $500.00 deposit is due, and the balance shall be brought up to 50% by February 1, the year the hunt is to take place. The balance is then due September 15, the year of the hunt.

All deposits are non-refundable. If notification is supplied in writing a minimum of 90 days in advance of the hunt, the deposit may be transferred to another hunt within 24 months.

For an Iowa license, hunters must apply with the IA DNR between May 7, 2022, and June 5, 2022. View licensing details below.



Iowa deer licenses are awarded by a lottery system. The Iowa DNR uses a preference point system, making the chance of getting a tag better. It currently takes approximately 5 years to get an archery tag in Zone 6, four points, and a successful draw on the fifth year.

The shotgun and muzzleloader seasons have a higher success rate of acquiring a tag, many times in the first year. The application period for a deer license starts the first Saturday in May and ends the first Sunday in June.

Please contact us if you have any questions. If you would like a reminder when the application period begins, please sign up for our email reminder. We will send you a notice that the application period has begun and a notice to notify you that there is one week left to apply.

Note: all Missouri tags are available over the counter.