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Old 10-18-2022, 09:58 PM   #1
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Default Southeast Iowa Live.....Come Along for the 2022 Season

I just looked back at last year post and it started on October 20th. It's that time again!!! The leaves are turning beautiful colors. The last few morning have been frosty with temps in the upper 20s. Harvest is in full swing. Scrapes are showing up along field edges and in the timber. The pre-rut is in its early stages.

I haven't hunted at all yet. I bought my archery tags last Friday. I am going to start sitting in the evenings soon.

The only thing complicating matters is the fact that I spent about 4 hours in the Davis County Hospital Emergency Room yesterday morning. I had a scary episode early yesterday morning with my blood pressure and ended up in ER. I was pretty sure I was having a heart attack. Fortunately the EKG and bloodwork indicated that I did not have a heart attack and there was no damage to my heart. The Dr. adjusted my blood pressure medicine and scolded me on some of my lifestyle habits. I am scheduled for a echo stress test. I am going to have to take it easy and be careful, but as far as I am concerned the hunt will go on. Any prayers will be greatly appreciated.

I reviewed my journal from last year. During the 2021 season in 46 sits I saw 63 bucks and 106 does. In comparison during the 2020 season I saw 68 bucks and 78 does in 54 sits. Last year I tagged two bucks during archery season. One on my landowner tag on November 8th and one on my statewide tag on November 18th.

I really don't have a "target" buck.....yet, but things can change quickly as we head into November. I have some decent bucks on camera, but none to get overly excited about.

Despite what you see on TV and have heard, hunting Whitetail deer in Iowa 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.

My food plots are looking good. I walked down to take some progress pictures of my food plots this evening. One of them had several deer in it at about 4:30pm.

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

Here is a link to last years thread:

https://discussions.texasbowhunter.c...hlight=SE+Iowa

Here are a few pictures to get this thread started.

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Old 10-18-2022, 10:02 PM   #2
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Along for the ride!! I hope to be in Iowa next year. Good luck Mike
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Old 10-18-2022, 10:03 PM   #3
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Awesome can’t wait. Good luck this year and hope the kitties track a monster for you. :-)
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Old 10-18-2022, 10:04 PM   #4
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I always enjoy your live hunts! Thank you for taking us along Mike!
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Old 10-18-2022, 10:08 PM   #5
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Been waiting on you to start, good luck this season Mike.
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Old 10-18-2022, 10:30 PM   #6
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Best of luck to you this season!!!
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Old 10-18-2022, 10:32 PM   #7
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Everything looks great Mike, you and those cats get after it!! Good luck!
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Old 10-18-2022, 10:34 PM   #8
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Old 10-18-2022, 10:44 PM   #9
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Mike, 1st and foremost take care of yourself. We really enjoy your hunts so be safe and good luck!
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Old 10-19-2022, 04:34 AM   #10
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There it is!!
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Old 10-19-2022, 06:16 AM   #11
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Good luck Mike! Go get em!
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Old 10-19-2022, 07:20 AM   #12
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Good luck Mike! Go get em!
Good luck Mike, I know what you mean by thing change from year to year. I've hunted Iowa for the last 20 years. When you think you have everything planned out for the next year hunt only to find out crops change, land owner cleared the whole pasture or someone is hunting your spot. I guess it is what it is, still enjoy every minute I'm there. If I could convince my wife to move to God's country I would.

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Old 10-19-2022, 07:32 AM   #13
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Hope the tracking cats had a good off-season as well. Stay vigilant about your health and do the right things. I do not remember ever seeing you say anything about making supplemental mineral licks. I bought several bags of Trophy Rock to put out this year and will put a camera on them to check. Good luck and be safe.
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Old 10-19-2022, 07:35 AM   #14
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One of my most favorite threads of deer season…….Good Luck!
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Old 10-19-2022, 07:35 AM   #15
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Prayers for you. Good luck and looking forward to your posts.
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Old 10-19-2022, 08:00 AM   #16
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Will be following

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Old 10-19-2022, 08:06 AM   #17
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I always enjoy this thread and good luck this year.

I leave Nov. 6th to hunt SE Iowa for 6 days starting on Nov. 9th thru Nov. 14th. I will be hunting in zone 5.
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Old 10-19-2022, 08:06 AM   #18
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Old 10-19-2022, 08:08 AM   #19
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Good luck this year.
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Old 10-19-2022, 08:13 AM   #20
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Best of luck and appreciate you letting us tag along.

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Old 10-19-2022, 08:17 AM   #21
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Old 10-19-2022, 08:25 AM   #22
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Tagged along for the ride. Good luck mike and stay healthy

PS you only really need to hunt November 8-18th

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Old 10-19-2022, 08:26 AM   #23
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I've been wondering when you were going to get started hunting! Good luck and as others have said take care of yourself.
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Old 10-19-2022, 08:28 AM   #24
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Been looking forward to this thread. Good luck Mike.
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Old 10-19-2022, 08:45 AM   #25
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Following! I will be up there next weekend but chasing quail and pheasants this year. Love that country.
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Old 10-19-2022, 09:11 AM   #26
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Really enjoyed your past threads. I wish you luck this season and hope you get that health scare figured out.
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Old 10-19-2022, 09:22 AM   #27
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Thanks everyone!!

I guess I should have hunted this morning. 21 degrees at daybreak. It's going to be 80 by Saturday and Sunday.



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Old 10-19-2022, 09:30 AM   #28
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I don’t think the cats would’ve wanted to go this morning with those temps. LOL
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Old 10-19-2022, 10:03 AM   #29
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Old 10-19-2022, 10:06 AM   #30
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Hope the tracking cats had a good off-season as well. Stay vigilant about your health and do the right things. I do not remember ever seeing you say anything about making supplemental mineral licks. I bought several bags of Trophy Rock to put out this year and will put a camera on them to check. Good luck and be safe.
Thank You!!!

Yes. I do run mineral sites. From late winter thru September.

I use Evolved Habitats Buck Jam persimmon. I have tried apple and molasses flavor mineral, but the deer here like the persimmon the best by far. I pour in on a log and the deer tear in up. I also use persimmon flavored salt blocks. Actually any salt block will work. These deer sure like the Buck Jam persimmon. I have to stop using it when the season starts. We can't hunt over any feed or attractants. Scents products are legal, but nothing edible.

The buck in the picture is at a log with Buck Jam persimmon poured on it.

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Old 10-19-2022, 10:45 AM   #31
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Following. Good luck to you this season
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Old 10-19-2022, 10:47 AM   #32
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Following. Good luck!
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Old 10-19-2022, 12:59 PM   #33
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Old 10-19-2022, 02:00 PM   #34
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looking forward to following along! Keep your health a priority and then kill some bucks!

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Old 10-19-2022, 05:35 PM   #35
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In. Good luck
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Old 10-19-2022, 05:45 PM   #36
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Good luck this season. Looking forward to updates, pics and possibly an LDP of a giant Iowa buck!
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Old 10-19-2022, 10:04 PM   #37
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Always enjoys this thread. Good luck this season!
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Old 10-19-2022, 10:57 PM   #38
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Good luck and thanks for taking us along
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Old 10-20-2022, 12:32 AM   #39
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Best of luck to you for a great hunt!

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Old 10-20-2022, 02:23 AM   #40
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Old 10-20-2022, 10:47 AM   #41
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Following. I'm just a few hours North of you and so far it's been a great season. All of the kids have tagged out and now I am waiting for my turn.

Praying all goes well with the doctor.
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Old 10-20-2022, 06:18 PM   #42
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Following. I'm just a few hours North of you and so far it's been a great season. All of the kids have tagged out and now I am waiting for my turn.



Praying all goes well with the doctor.
Thanks!!! Where are you located? We are 15 miles southwest of Bloomfield. Four miles north of the Iowa/Missouri state line.

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Old 10-20-2022, 06:27 PM   #43
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First sit of the season. I am in the tree saddle at the end of a terrace that divides a standing corn field and a cut bean field. There are 3 or 4 deer across the corn field in one of my food plots. One of them is a small buck.There is a maze of trails that pass right in front and under the tree I am in. It was 21 degrees yesterday morning. It got up to 71 today.

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Old 10-20-2022, 06:41 PM   #44
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Good luck to you this season.. stay active and healthy sir. Another thread I come back to all the time.
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Old 10-20-2022, 07:07 PM   #45
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Old 10-20-2022, 07:09 PM   #46
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Take care of yourself, and thank you for taking us along.

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Old 10-20-2022, 08:15 PM   #47
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I ended up seeing 7 deer. Two bucks and 5 doe. All across the corn field in one of my food plots. The ground fog moved in about 6:30 making visibility difficult.

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Old 10-20-2022, 08:39 PM   #48
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Always enjoy your hunts thank you for posting them up.
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Old 10-20-2022, 10:30 PM   #49
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Oh yeah, glad to see this thread started. What took you so long son? Yalls deer season been open for a month!

Hey hope you stay healthy. Please stay healthy.

Excellent photos, kinda makes me want to start hunting the mid West again
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Old 10-20-2022, 10:41 PM   #50
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Prayers for a clean bill of health Mike!

Also hoping to see some big Iowa LDPs!
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