Archery Deer Hunter
Shot this brute this morning in [location deleted]. I just green-scored him at 134 inches, but he'll be close on making P&Y because of the 11th point and a few other deductions.
I've been hunting him for over two weeks. I arrowed him less than 50 yards from the spot that I killed a 140 inch 8 pointer back on 18 November 2003 (my first year with MAHA). That was a memorable hunt, and this one was no less thrilling. I'm just glad to be back in the heartland after spending the last three years at Ft. Lewis, WA, with 18 of those 36 months in Iraq.
I had a mature 6 pointer (don't know why there wasn't more antler on his head) chase four does around my stand starting at 0730. At 0835, the wind had picked up, and I decided to climb down and head to work. I was unhooking my stand when a doe walked by at five yards. She looked back, ignored me, and then kept moving. I looked to see what was behind her and saw antlers bobbing through the brush. I got down on my knees, untied my bow from the lowering rope, knocked an arrow, and drew. He waltzed by at 20 yards, and from my knees and bare-fingered, I sent an arrow into his vitals.
It's been a ridiculous season with the worst weather I've seen, but this is the sixth deer I've killed hunting MAHA property in [location deleted] this season.
The wow factor ignited! Skill combined with luck always makes for such fine memories. Thank you for the great account.
Iowa archery deer hunting key points relative to Mid-America Hunting Association are:
Iowa's deer seasons overlap that of Kansas for archery and modern firearms, but not muzzleloader allowing for options of when and where to and not deer hunt. To have both a Kansas and an Iowa archery deer tag the same year on overlapping seasons makes it difficult to hunt both states during any one preferred portion of the rut. Offsetting the Kansas and Iowa archery deer tags from one year to the next allows for bow hunting most years during that preferred portion of the rut.
Missouri deer seasons are offset of those of Iowa. With this in mind and that most of our deer hunters deer hunt two of our three states each year with the question remaining which two of the three to hunt having an idea of which states with concurrent or offset seasons allows the deer hunter to maximize his deer hunting time if restricting it to one hunting method such as archery deer hunting.
The final consideration relative to Iowa bow deer season is that Iowa's bow season is during peak rut.
One archery deer hunting approach is for bow deer hunters is to hunt Iowa and Missouri or hunt Missouri and Kansas. To try and bow hunt Iowa and Kansas the same year is to split the hunters time during any portion of the rut. The combination of Iowa and Missouri allows continuous bow hunting around modern gun seasons.
The next facet to consider is the Iowa archery deer tag draw success rates are less frequent than Kansas.
Iowa archery deer tag draw success rate is best after accumulation of two non-draw year preference points. Kansas bow tags seem to be successfully draw at a greater frequency. There does also exist the option to purchase preference points rather than apply for a tag. With this advantage plus the understanding of draw success rates it is easier for the bow deer hunter to manipulate the Kansas and Iowa deer tags to better schedule both an Iowa and Missouri bow deer hunt or that of Kansas and Missouri.
While all of this may seem at this point to be a bit to handle, the first year Mid-America Hunting Association archery deer hunter needs time to first scout out and develop a single state's worth of multiple deer hunting spots before attempting to hunt across state lines. Taking a sequential state approach over a hunt all states possible approach the first three seasons has been the preference of those with hindsight.
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