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Old 10-20-2021, 09:57 PM   #1
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Default Southeast Iowa Live.....Come Along for the 2021 Season

I started last years post of my Iowa season one year ago yesterday on October 19th. There is a reason for that. The bucks here in Iowa start showing pre-rut signs about October 15th to 20th. The bucks are almost 100% nocturnal until then. Some scrapes started showing up in early October, but now they are exploding. If you walk a field edge there are branch tips chewed and broken off everywhere. Even if there is not a scrape there you know the bucks have been working the licking branch. It is tempting to hunt early October and some hunters are successful, but by in large you are just educating the deer with your movements to and from your stand locations.

I have been waiting for gray light or day light pictures which for me is the sign that it is "go time". The only problem is that I have been finishing up some fall farm projects and have not taken time in the last few days to go pull SD cards. This evening at 5:30pm I jumped off the lawn mower and did a little scouting. I will elaborate with pictures in a post below.

It is time to at least start carefully hunting evening stands when the wind is right. The "October Lull" is winding down and pre-rut is in its beginning stages.

I hope to take you thru my season here in Iowa. I will be hunting our farm and several of my neighbors farms. I will be hunting most everyday at least some (weather and my 67 year old body permitting). I still have a lot of chores around our farm heading into the winter. I have been having some health issues, but I am going to do my best to keep after them.

Despite what you see on TV and have heard, Iowa hunting is not easy. There is abundant food sources everywhere. A lot depends on crop rotation, harvest schedules....generally what the farmers are doing. You try to set up using the intel from scouting, game cams, observation at dawn and dusk, etc. You never really know which trail the deer are going to come from. Then you have to be fortunate enough to stop them in your shooting lanes and make the shot.

If you have ever hunted Hagerman you will know what I am describing. This is like hunting Hagerman everyday. The potential for a huge buck is always there. You got to be on your toes every second and you also have to have some luck.

I will do my best to keep this thread updated throughout my season.

Here is a link to my season last year here in Iowa.

https://discussions.texasbowhunter.c...Southeast+Iowa
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Old 10-20-2021, 10:03 PM   #2
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Tuned in.

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Old 10-20-2021, 10:12 PM   #3
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This is going to be great, good luck!
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Old 10-20-2021, 10:12 PM   #4
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In. Enjoyed last years thread. Good luck to you
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Old 10-20-2021, 10:12 PM   #5
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This evening at 5:30 I jumped off the zero turn and walked across the road and sat down on the edge of a bean field. I call this spot the "Stadium". It's a little timbered hill with a bean field (this year) in a bottom along a feeder creek that flows into the North Fabius River. I walked along the field side of the hill looking for scrapes and then sat down with a cedar at my back. The spot where I was sitting is only about 40 yards off the County Rd. I was in my work clothes and all I had with me was a pair of binos.

At 5:45 I saw a buck on the far side of the "Stadium" bean field. The buck stood at the field edge for several minutes, worked a scrape then headed straight for where I was sitting. I laid down on my back as the buck crossed the bean field. I raised up and took a few pictures. Finally the buck came up over the grassy knoll that separates the bean field from the timber. He saw me and knew something was not right. He circled below me and then went on his way.

This was much better than a day light trail cam picture.

I think....It's Go Time.


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Old 10-20-2021, 10:12 PM   #6
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Another one of my favorites to follow every year
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Old 10-20-2021, 10:16 PM   #7
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Looking forward to this Mike ! Good luck to you and the cats !
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Old 10-20-2021, 10:18 PM   #8
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Oh yeah, this is gonna be good!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 10-20-2021, 10:34 PM   #9
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Will be following. Good luck Mike. What's the weather going to be like this next 7 days?
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Old 10-20-2021, 10:39 PM   #10
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Old 10-20-2021, 10:46 PM   #11
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Will be following. Good luck Mike. What's the weather going to be like this next 7 days?
Real good for hunting. We should have first our first frost in low areas Friday night.

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Old 10-20-2021, 11:06 PM   #12
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In for the stories! I hunted Iowa for the first time last season. Canít wait to go back next year. Iíll have to live vicariously through your posts for now! Keep em coming!


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Old 10-20-2021, 11:09 PM   #13
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Old 10-20-2021, 11:23 PM   #14
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Old 10-21-2021, 12:17 AM   #15
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Old 10-21-2021, 01:05 AM   #16
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Old 10-21-2021, 01:30 AM   #17
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Old 10-21-2021, 08:12 AM   #18
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Looking forward to pics of your hit list deer and as always photos of the "tracking cats" in action. Good luck.
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Old 10-21-2021, 08:24 AM   #19
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I’m in.
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Old 10-21-2021, 08:36 AM   #20
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Old 10-21-2021, 08:40 AM   #21
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Oh yeah......this is going to be good!
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Old 10-21-2021, 08:41 AM   #22
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in, good luck!
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Old 10-21-2021, 08:42 AM   #23
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Old 10-21-2021, 08:48 AM   #24
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Good luck! Been waiting for you to get started for nine months.
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Old 10-21-2021, 08:54 AM   #25
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Good luck. Great picture of that buck too.
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Old 10-21-2021, 08:57 AM   #26
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Looks like everything is dialed in, I hope the cat is ready for action!! Good luck this season Bud!!
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Old 10-21-2021, 09:24 AM   #27
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Old 10-21-2021, 09:26 AM   #28
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"It's go time"....... I like the sound of that. Following along sir, best of luck to you.

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Old 10-21-2021, 09:30 AM   #29
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Good luck this season!
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Old 10-21-2021, 09:39 AM   #30
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I've been waiting for this thread.

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Old 10-21-2021, 10:41 AM   #31
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Good luck, Mike, stick a big one! Looking forward to the adventure!
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Old 10-21-2021, 01:20 PM   #32
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Good luck! cant wait to see the results
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Old 10-21-2021, 01:26 PM   #33
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good luck mike, been seeing lots of movement since the temps dropped. 1st year hunting iowa and i am pumped!!!
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Old 10-21-2021, 01:54 PM   #34
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Old 10-21-2021, 01:57 PM   #35
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We leave next week for a week of hunting in Northern IA/Southern MN along the upper Iowa River. Can't wait! Such a different world in those deer woods!
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Old 10-21-2021, 05:58 PM   #36
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In!


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Old 10-21-2021, 06:00 PM   #37
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Tagged. Love this majestical place
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Old 10-21-2021, 06:12 PM   #38
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In the tree for the first sit of the season. This is a straight up scouting sit. Only have about 1.5 hrs of daylight. It's 48 degrees, cloudy with a west wind. I have never hunted this tree although it's close to a lock on that I have hunted many times. There is a trail leading up out of the river to my left, a small food plot to my right. This is tree is in a pinch between two drains that flow down to the river.

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Old 10-21-2021, 06:16 PM   #39
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Good luck !
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Old 10-21-2021, 06:25 PM   #40
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That didn't take long. They found me. Cat decoys deployed !!!

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Old 10-21-2021, 07:15 PM   #41
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Two twin yearling bucks came up the trail from the river. They hung around under my tree for about 10-15 minutes watching the cats. They finally moved on to the food plot. Both bucks had 3 points on the left side and a as spike on the right.

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Old 10-21-2021, 07:17 PM   #42
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I can't stand a cat, but I love your cats.

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Old 10-21-2021, 07:24 PM   #43
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Don't shoot one to soon. We need to keep the adventure rolling for a few weeks. Do you leave the spot slowly so the cats can keep up with you?
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Old 10-21-2021, 07:28 PM   #44
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Looks like a great spot!


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Old 10-21-2021, 07:48 PM   #45
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Good looking buck!
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Old 10-21-2021, 09:09 PM   #46
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The two yearling bucks were the only deer I saw this evening. It was great to be back in a tree !!!

The blue dot was the location of the tree that I hunted this evening.

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Old 10-22-2021, 06:10 PM   #47
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Sit #2 for 2021 season !!

I am at the Terrace, but I am in my tree saddle instead of the lock on.

Cut beans to my left, standing corn in front of me, across the creek cut beans to my right. My neighbor cut the beans to my right last night. When I walked in I saw a LOT of beans on the ground which is good. There is also a huge scrape on the other side of the tree with yellow leaves (last picture).

It is 54 degrees and sprinkling rain


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Old 10-22-2021, 06:38 PM   #48
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Its sunny an nearly 80 here. Wanna trade?
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Old 10-22-2021, 06:41 PM   #49
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Buck coming out of the standing corn !!!

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Old 10-22-2021, 06:42 PM   #50
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