Look at what the trail cam
picked up on our leases:
DEER SEASON 2013-2014
Outfitting for whitetails can be
a great ego leveler and this year certainly proved this fact to Sheri and me.
The 2012-13 seasons followed a severe drought with most of the crops out of the
fields in September. The lack of sufficient late summer and early fall also
resulted in poor foodplot growth. This coupled with a severe outbreak of EHD
that killed lots of deer in our area and really hit the bucks hard really had
Sheri and me apprehensive about the season. With all those problems we ended
with 7 bucks over 164” one of our best seasons. Go figure!
This year we had adequate
moisture and good growth in the foodplots. We got a good number of big bucks on
trail cameras. We only drew two bowhunters both of which had taken good bucks
over 160” with us previously and were willing to pass good bucks waiting for the
“ONE.” The first day Jeff rattled in 7 bucks and they both saw a number of
good bucks during the course of their hunt. Jeff finally took a 158 6/8” buck
while John passed on several 140 -150” class bucks and just couldn’t get a close
shot at one of several real “boomer” bucks he saw. He went home without a buck
but is already booked for next year.
Sheri worked hard at removing
coyotes from the leases between bow season and the firearms season which cut
down on the number of evening hunts affected by these four legged deer killers.
She also caught enough possums to earn the moniker the “possum queen” and we
didn’t have a single instance of possums ruining a client’s deer hunt nor did we
find a possum killed deer on our leases.
The weather warmed up and farmers
were slow in getting crops out. The first firearms season opened with warm
weather and slow deer movement for the first couple days and then the weather
cooled down and deer started moving and we killed several good bucks. However
the movement was sporadic and bucks hard to pattern. The second firearms season
was much the same and when the weather did turn and the deer started moving our
clients had a bit of trouble hitting them for some reason? Clients missed FOUR
shooter bucks one day, something we had never experienced in 18 years of
outfitting in Iowa. Had one monster buck 190” plus walk across an open
cornfield 100 yards from a hunter and he couldn’t get his muzzleloader to cock.
Needless to say we never got a client within range of that buck again although
several hunters saw him at a distance, too far for a shot. Both Sheri and I were
wondering if we shouldn’t take up another line of work after that day.
During the late season the
weather continued to stay warm and the little snow that was on the ground melted
off leaving the soybeans and corn on the harvested fields readily available for
the deer. It was obvious that the deer preferred feed on the ground left over
from the harvest rather than the unharvested corn and beans in our foodplots.
Another problem on our best lease was the fact that the farmer left several
soybean fields that he didn’t get harvested. The thirteen acres of unharvested
soybeans spread the deer out even more than the bare ground and made it even
more difficult to cover all the food sources with the limited number of hunters
One evening I glassed 65 deer,
including one 165” buck and two 140” bucks, in one of our biggest and best
soybean foodplots. The next evening a client hunted over the plot and saw 6
does and a forky. The late season was one of the most frustrating I’ve ever had
and about drove Sheri up the wall with the variables presented by the
unfathomable conditions. Our clients saw a number of big bucks but they were
almost impossible to pattern and get on. The weather was as erratic as the
deer. One day it was 52’ and a couple days later it was -35’.
On another evening I took Jimmy
Connor, owner of Darkwoods Blinds, who had taken his buck the previous evening
to a foodplot where we had been seeing lots of does and small bucks but no
shooters. Figured if the situation presented itself I’d let Jimmy shoot a doe
at the last minute. Hah! We sat in the truck 100 yards from the foodplot and
at one time there were 13 BUCKS in the foodplot including at least four
shooters and one 160” massive antlered 11 point. Jimmy swears I took him there
on purpose to chide him for not waiting for a monster and to get him to book a
future hunt. Worked like a charm as he’s booked for year after next. The next
evening a client shot a 140” buck on the plot, the only buck that came in.
The weather stayed warm and
moisture less during the latter late season and Sheri, Charlie, Cole and I had a
tough time even killing does. At the end of the season we had lots of corn,
soybeans and turnips left in our foodplots. When the cold and miserable weather
finally hit Iowa a couple weeks to late to do us any good, the deer clobbered
the foodplots and completely cleaned them up.
Next fall we will have Ouija
board in camp so we can better plan our day’s hunting and have some help in
outguessing those damnable whitetail bucks. The good thing about the 2013-14
season is that we saw lots of bucks in the 120-130” class that should be
shooters for the coming 2014-15 season. As frustrating as the season was for
Sheri and me, the hunters all saw enough good bucks to want to come back and
almost all of them rebooked future hunts with ITWO.
As usual, we learned a bit more about the idiosyncrasies of
those big Iowagian deer so maybe next fall we'll have them figured a bit
2011/2012 Hunt Photos:
For Previous Year's Trophy Shots -
please see our ITWO Trophy Photos Page.
In order to keep these web pages loading at
a reasonable rate, we are only showing 140+ bucks
for gun seasons and 130+ bucks for archery seasons.
photographed this Whitetail buck in one of our foodplots on November 4. The
next day, one of my bowhunters spotted another 10-point in the same foodplot.
with 65 deer feeding in evening between
1st & 2nd firearm seasons. Seven bucks in plot four of which were 140"
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