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Old 10-19-2020, 11:40 AM   #1
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I started last years post of my Iowa season one year ago today. 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 pulled a card yesterday. I had my first buck daylight picture since late summer on 10-16-20 (Saturday). I went out yesterday evening at 5:30pm about 300 yards north of the house and sat in the Terrace stand. I saw 4 does and 4 bucks between 5:30 and 6:50. They turn on like a light switch every year around October 15-20 and start showing up in daylight (right before dark). Two of the bucks were acting like buddies when I first spotted them and later they got into a pretty good fight across the way on one of my food plots.

I was planning to start hunting around October 25, but it is time to at least start carefully hunting evening stands when the wind if 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, several of my neighbors farms, and some public ground. I will be hunting most everyday at least some (weather and my 66 year old body permitting), I still have a lot of chores around our farm heading into the winter.

Despite what you see on TV and have heard, Iowa hunting is not easy. There is abundant food sources everywhere. It's harvest season and a lot depends on what the farmers are doing. You try to set up using all 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.

The deer density is not high. The buck to doe ratio is great, but the actual number of deer is not high at all compared to parts of Texas.

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 also have some good 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.

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Old 10-19-2020, 11:42 AM   #2
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Awesome, good luck this season!
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Old 10-19-2020, 11:46 AM   #3
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Old 10-19-2020, 12:21 PM   #4
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I was hoping you would do it again this year Mike. In fact Iím gonna re-read last years thread, thanks for linking it. Good luck !


Well, I went back and re-read last yearís thread and discovered that I missed the climax ! Belated congratulations on the buck you got, and Iíll make sure I follow this yearís thread to the end.

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Old 10-19-2020, 12:32 PM   #6
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Good luck....I’m 2 season away from being able to draw Unit 5!
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Old 10-19-2020, 12:35 PM   #7
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One of my favorite threads ! Good Luck.
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Old 10-19-2020, 01:39 PM   #8
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I’m in, good luck on a big one!
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Old 10-19-2020, 01:48 PM   #9
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Old 10-19-2020, 02:00 PM   #10
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Throw down a couple of Chips Ahoy cookies with mustard on them for good luck! Go get em Mike!
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I'm in! Tagged!

Have enough points after this year to draw Iowa... Will be following closely!
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Old 10-19-2020, 03:03 PM   #13
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Ok. Now season is officially open! Hurry 2022!!
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Old 10-19-2020, 03:38 PM   #14
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I was hoping you would do it again this year Mike. In fact Iím gonna re-read last years thread, thanks for linking it. Good luck !





Well, I went back and re-read last yearís thread and discovered that I missed the climax ! Belated congratulations on the buck you got, and Iíll make sure I follow this yearís thread to the end.
Thanks!! It was exciting. The locals always say you got to be in a tree on November 7th, 8th, and 9th. A friend of mine came up in 2018 and shot a good one about a mile up the creek on the 8th. I didn't have a tag in 2018 because we had not lived here long enough. Last year I killed my buck on the 9th.

It's in the 30s and spitting sleet. I have been out on the Kubota doing some dirt work. A pretty good snow storm just passed to the north of us. It should be a good evening. I am going to do another "observation" sit this evening....armed with my bow of course.

All the deer I saw last night ended up in a little food plot about 170 yards behind the house. I was in a tree about 300 yards away. I am going to set up in my saddle about 70-80 yards from that food plot. I am not 100% sure, but one of the bucks I saw last night looked like a shooter. Huge body, very dark coat, and tall white horns. He was feeding in the food plot and watching two younger bucks fight. I hope to see him again tonight and get a game plan if in fact he is a shooter.

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Old 10-19-2020, 04:21 PM   #15
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Just went through all of last season, awesome way to document your first season as a resident hunter. Looking forward to this one even more now!
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Old 10-19-2020, 06:30 PM   #17
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Good luck and following! Enjoyed your post last year!
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Old 10-19-2020, 06:51 PM   #18
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Late start this evening. I am set up in the Terrace stand. It overlooks a cut cornfield, a soy bean field, and alfalfa/clover field behind me. The terrace that divides the two fields is a travel corridor. All 8 deer that I saw yesterday came off that hill in the distance and ended up at a small food plot about 300 yards to my left (last picture).

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Old 10-19-2020, 06:55 PM   #19
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Old 10-19-2020, 06:59 PM   #20
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I have 4 preference points and hoping to make it next season. Following. Good luck!
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Old 10-19-2020, 06:59 PM   #21
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Old 10-19-2020, 07:37 PM   #22
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Old 10-19-2020, 08:19 PM   #23
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With the cloud cover I am already out of shooting light. I saw 3 deer way across the field about 10 minutes ago. I could not make out what they were. There were 3 Coyotes cruising this bean field like sharks. I almost got a shot at one of them. I don't care if it ruins my hunt. I am going to kill them if I get a chance.

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Old 10-19-2020, 08:27 PM   #24
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Watching closely! Good luck!
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Old 10-19-2020, 09:36 PM   #25
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Old 10-19-2020, 09:42 PM   #26
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It definitely looks like Fall in the Midwest. Iím for this...best of luck!


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Old 10-19-2020, 09:54 PM   #27
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will be watching this thread
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Old 10-19-2020, 10:30 PM   #28
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Awesome! I’ll be following!
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Old 10-19-2020, 10:36 PM   #29
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Following. Good luck!
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Old 10-19-2020, 11:37 PM   #30
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Old 10-21-2020, 10:57 AM   #31
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Late report from yesterday. It was foggy, misty and 45 degrees when I went out yesterday evening. At 6:10pm 4 does came out of the brown soy beans into the cut corn. At about 6:20pm two bucks came across the new drainage basin that I seeded in winter rye. They grazed their way across the newly sprouted rye. The bucks are starting to get interested in the does but still coming out right before dark. I was totally out of shooting light by 6:40pm. Me and my equipment was pretty wet when I got down.

I was ready for the coyotes last night but they didn't show. Bow on one side of tree and .22-.250 on the other side.

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Old 10-21-2020, 11:22 AM   #32
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Old 10-21-2020, 11:33 AM   #33
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This oughta get good! Thanks for taking us along. Supposed to be near 90 here today and tomorrow but then a couple cold fronts come our way. Good luck!
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Old 10-21-2020, 11:52 AM   #34
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This oughta get good! Thanks for taking us along. Supposed to be near 90 here today and tomorrow but then a couple cold fronts come our way. Good luck!
It is going to be almost 80 here tomorrow and 22 for a low temp on Monday.

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Old 10-21-2020, 11:55 AM   #35
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It is going to be almost 80 here tomorrow and 22 for a low temp on Monday.

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Old 10-21-2020, 12:16 PM   #36
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I really enjoy your threads...good luck this season sir.
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Old 10-21-2020, 01:20 PM   #37
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Old 10-21-2020, 05:47 PM   #38
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It was fishing weather here today, but the fish cooperated about like your deer did......
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Old 10-21-2020, 07:09 PM   #39
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In the tree saddle this evening. I am back in some thick stuff about 40 yards from the edge of a hay meadow. The "Buck Roost" is about 200 yards in front of me. I am on a pinch point between the North Fabius River and a feeder creek. This little point is about 30 yards wide. It just started raining.

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Old 10-21-2020, 07:31 PM   #40
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My location this evening. Getting dark quick with the cloud cover. Light rain falling.

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Old 10-21-2020, 10:06 PM   #41
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Great thread. Good luck!
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Old 10-21-2020, 11:18 PM   #42
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Old 10-22-2020, 09:28 AM   #43
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Keep after em Mike!
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Old 10-22-2020, 09:42 AM   #44
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Do Iowa points ever expire? I have 4 but have been sitting on them for a few years.
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Old 10-22-2020, 09:48 AM   #45
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Mike how long does your typical tree saddle hunt last? Only reason I ask is when I go out I am usually out for 4-6 hours. Are tree saddle comfortable enough for that duration?
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Old 10-22-2020, 10:33 AM   #46
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Following....Good luck Mike
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Old 10-23-2020, 06:23 PM   #47
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Back I the Terrace stand. I am using this set for an observation point. I can see a good bit of the northwest side of our farm without entering the food plot area. I have 3 does on the green hill side in the distance. Upper 30s, the wind is pretty brutal. Yesterday it was 80 degrees at this time and I was swatting mosquitoes.

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Old 10-23-2020, 06:31 PM   #48
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Very nice
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Old 10-23-2020, 06:31 PM   #49
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Buck, buck.... High rack.....white horns.

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Old 10-23-2020, 06:46 PM   #50
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He is heading back up the hill side towards the timber.

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