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Please Read Our Booking Policy & Commonly Asked Questions:

1. Application Dates for deer are May 3 - June 1, 2014.

2. To book you must send a non-refundable deposit of $1000 to lock you into your spot.  Please note that your hunt is not considered booked until your deposit is received by Southwest Iowa Outfitters.  If you do not draw, the original $1000 will be held and guarantees you a spot for the year that you do draw your tag.  You will be notified by the Iowa DNR if you were successful or not in July (and sometimes before July) of the year you apply.  If you are successful in drawing a tag another $1000 is due.  At this point you will have $2000 down on your hunt.  The balance of the hunt then is due 30 days prior to the hunt if paid by check. Or the balance can be paid on arrival with cash, hunters choice.  (Any returned checks will add $100 to the hunt) *Attention hunters booking in groups* - All hunters in your group are in charge of their own deposit.  Other members in the group may pay for fellow group members.  However, keep in mind that if you pay for another group member and that member cancels, the money you paid for him/her is not transferable to your hunt.  But you may then try to find another member to take their spot.  Make sure every member in your party does plan to make the trip, and know the number of people when you call to book.  Your deposit is due 1 month from the day you verbally book.  A $100/month late fee will be enforced for each month it is late.  If I do not receive the deposit your spot will be re opened to other customers.  Any exceptions to these rules will have to be negotiated with me prior to booking your hunt.     

Commonly Asked Questions and Answers:

Q:  How do I apply for a tag?

A:  To apply for a tag you must apply during the application dates listed above.  Go to the Iowa DNR website www.iowadnr.gov to fill out your application.  They provide a phone number and are happy to assist you with questions on the application.  Please check with me prior to applying to make sure you are applying for the correct season and zone.  We are in zone 4.

Q:  What are my chances of drawing a tag?

A:  Some tags are much easier to draw than others.  Archery tags take the longest to draw here in Iowa.  A hunter normally has to have 2 preference points before they have a good chance at drawing an archery tag.  Therefore, on the 3rd year of applying you will most likely draw an archery tag.  However, Shotgun and Late Muzzleloader tags are much easier to draw.  A hunter has about a 60% chance to draw a shotgun or Late Muzzleloader tag the first year they apply.  With any preference points the hunter is almost guaranteed to draw.  So do not feel that it is too tough to draw an Iowa tag as they are easier to obtain than most think.  

Q:  What is a preference point and how do I build them up to help my chances to draw a tag?

A:  A preference point can be obtained in 2 different ways.  When you apply for your tag and if you do not draw you will be given a preference point.  When you draw a tag your preference points will then be turned back to Zero.  Another way to obtain a preference point is to buy one.  You must purchase your point during the application period that is listed at the top of this page.  A preference point is $50.  Buying a point is a good option for a hunter who is not sure what year he/she wants to book.  Buying points until the year you plan to apply is highly recommended.  That way your chances of drawing a tag for that year are much better.  You cannot buy a point and apply for a license the same year.  Also you can only apply for one season and zone per year.  

Q:  What if I have to cancel my hunt or move my hunt back to a different year?  

A:  On a personal cancellation the original $1000 will be kept by Southwest Iowa Outfitters as deposits are non-refundable. We will hold the $1000 as credit for when you decide to book again. When you do book again you will be priced at the current prices. So if you cancel and prices go up then you will be subject to the new pricing.  So please keep that information in mind.  When we book your spot we hold it for you and you only.  When you cancel or move it back to a different year that spot may not be able to be filled which costs us time and money.  

Q:  What if I do not draw a tag, what happens with my full $1000 deposit?

A: If you do not draw do not worry.  Your deposit will be held as credit and you will be locked into your spot for when you do draw a tag.  You will also be locked into the pricing of the year you originally sent deposit.  So if prices go up after you send me the booking deposit do not worry as you will be locked into the price discussed on the day of booking. Not drawing a tag is not considered a cancellation, so you are locked into the prices that we originally booked you at.  

Q:  What if I cannot pay my deposit on time? 

A:  Please keep in mind that this is a business.  If you do not have the money for the trip you may consider waiting to book when you do have the funds to book such a trip.  Your deposit is due within 1 month from the day that you verbally book your spot for a hunt with us.  A $100 late fee for each month that it is late will be enforced.  For example: If you book with me on May 15 you have until June 15 to make your initial deposit.  If your deposit is sent later than June 15 a $100 late fee will be added to the total cost of your hunt.  And so on and so on for each month after that.  If deposit is not received in due time your spot may be re-opened and then filled by someone else.  Keep in mind that we are a business and we have to pay bills too, this is a job.  Your ability and willingness to book and get deposits in on time are much appreciated.  If you have to set up a payment plan or negotiate payments you must do so at time of booking and it must be okayed by Southwest Iowa Outfitters.  

Q:  (ATTENTION GROUPS) I booked with a group of hunters.  I paid some of the other group members deposits and they cancelled at the last minute.  What do I do now?  And can their deposit credit toward my hunt?

A:  If you pay for another group members deposit it is NOT transferable to your hunt if they cancel.  If you are the group leader or paying for fellow group members deposit it is your responsibility to make sure that all of the group members are serious about booking and plan to make the trip.  If they cancel their $1000 will not be refunded and will not credit toward any other group members hunt.  If this does happen you may look for other hunters to take their spot and join your group.  The $1000 can then transfer to the new group member.  Keep in mind that when you book with a certain amount of hunters I block out their spots so no one else can book.  Anyone who cancels is then a loss of money for us.  If they cancel and the group cannot find anyone else to take their spots then those spots will be open for other customers to book.  For example if you book 8 spots and show up at the lodge with 6 then the two vacant spots must still be paid for.  MAKE SURE ALL GROUP MEMBERS ARE SERIOUS ABOUT BOOKING AND HAVE THEM SEND THEIR OWN DEPOSIT.  OTHERWISE THE GROUP IS STUCK PAYING FOR THEIR SPOT DUE TO THEIR CANCELLATION IF THE SPOT IS NOT FILLED BY ANOTHER GROUP MEMBER!!!

Q:  What are my chances of harvesting a buck and how big of a buck should I expect?

A:  Our success rates are 75%.  The average buck taken is 160 gross inches.  All of my non-successful customers have either had shots or could have taken animals 140 inches and bigger.  They either chose not to take that animal waiting on a bigger animal or missed, giving my customers 100% shot opportunity on quality animals.  

Q:  Does Southwest Iowa Outfitters administer a trophy fee for bigger deer or penalties for smaller deer that are harvested?

A:  We do not charge a trophy fee for bigger bucks that are taken.  I feel that the bigger of an animal you take the better!  A bigger animal taken helps my business and makes you the customer even happier with a successful hunt.  I do not believe in trophy fees.  You should not be charged for killing a great animal.  Gratuities are highly appreciated however.  I do have a minimum size of 125 gross inches.  If a hunter harvests an animal smaller than 125 a $100 management fee will be enforced.  This fee is to promote harvest of bigger bucks and to keep customers from harvesting young deer that should not be harvested.  This only ensures that you and other hunters have the piece of mind that we are managing our deer herd to the fullest.  This also lets you know that you will continue to see and harvest big bucks with us in the future.

**Please note we are now offering a guaranteed hunt on our personal properties.  A trophy fee is enforced on those hunts.  (See info and pricing on the guaranteed hunts below)

Q:  What if I wound an animal?  What happens with my hunt?

A:  A wounded animal in considered a harvested animal.  We will assist you in looking for the animal and will search until all possibilities and avenues have been exhausted.  If the animal is not recovered the hunter may hunt another animal for 1/2 the price of their hunt (if your hunt is $4000 then you may hunt again for $2000.)  Then if that hunter then wounds another deer their hunt is over.  If you do not want to pay the fee to hunt another animal then your hunt for a buck is over.  You may then hunt a doe for $250.  

Q:  What do I do with my meat or horns after harvest?

A:  Most of our customers donate the meat back to us, especially if the customers are flying.  For those who want to take the meat home we can help skin and quarter the animal.  We have bags and plenty of freezer space here at the lodge to preserve your meat for the trip home.  Any customer who wishes to ship meat home will be in charge of that on their own accord.  As far as horns go we can help cape the animal.  We also have a local taxidermist that we recommend to our customers. You can see his work here at the lodge as he has done most of our personal trophies.  

Q:  Do the owners hunt the properties I am hunting?

A:  No, the owners (Cody and Cole) do not hunt the spots that you are hunting.  We save all of those spots for you the customer to make sure that you are hunting fresh stands.  We only allow 2 kills per farm per year to keep pressure to an absolute minimum, and quality to a maximum.  We do however also enjoy hunting.  We hunt 1500 personal acres so we can also have fresh stands and enjoy the sport of hunting together.  We save 6,000 fresh acres for our customers to hunt! 

**Please note we are now offering a guaranteed hunt on our personal properties.  A trophy fee is enforced on those hunts.  (See info and pricing on the guaranteed hunts below)

Q:  Do I tip the guide (Cole) and the cook (Cody)?  

A:  Providing this service, in our eyes, is very similar to going to a nice restaurant to be served an exceptional meal.  For great service we all tip our waiters and waitresses.  We feel outfitting is very similar and gratuities show appreciation to the service that we are providing.  We also go on guided fishing and hunting trips.  We give gratuities to our guides to show how much we appreciate what they have done for us.  We know how much work is involved to create a great trip for a customer prior to, during, and after the hunt.  A gratuity of 10-20% of the total cost of your hunt is average here at Southwest Iowa Outfitters.  We appreciate any gratuities that we are offered as it lets us know that we are doing a good job.  

Q:  What are the meals like and how are the accommodations at the lodge?

A:  Our meals our great Midwest style, home cooked, meat and potato style meals.  We always cook a big steak with all the sides on the last night of the stay!  Our lodge has all of the amenities of home.  It is well kept and cleaned up daily.  

Q:  If I am flying in, what airport works best and what kind of car should I rent.  

A:  Omaha is the closest airport and most of our customers fly there.  Car rentals are reasonable and only puts you about an hour and 15 minutes from the lodge.  Some hunters like to drive to and from their stands once they get to know the hunting area.  If that is the case we recommend renting a 4 wheel drive vehicle big enough to haul your gear.  

Q:  If I harvest my buck may I utilize my antler-less tag and harvest a doe?

A:  I do allow hunters to harvest a doe after they harvest their buck for $250.  Keep in mind that fuel, time, and effort is all the same to load, skin, and quarter out a doe as it is for a buck.  I have had customers in the past want to shoot a doe right away and that in turn messed up some opportunities at nice bucks.  You are here to harvest a nice buck, so once that is out of the way then you can make the decision if you want to harvest a doe.  

Q:  If I harvest my buck may I hunt other game?  

A:  At times we offer pheasant/quail hunting as well as waterfowl hunting during the deer seasons.  It is not always available depending on bird populations and waterfowl migration.  Also depends if there are any other hunters in camp.  We want to be courteous to them and not foul up other hunting spots by chasing pheasants around.  This just depends and feel free to ask while in camp and I will let you know what the possibilities are.  

Q:  What kind of terrain and landscape can I expect to hunt?

A:  Here in Southwest Iowa we have a nice mix of rolling hills to river bottoms.  From crop fields, to crp grasslands, to wooded ditches and fence lines to heavy patches of timber.  We have a pretty diverse landscape and many of our customers say it is some of the neatest landscape they have ever hunted in.

Q:  What kind of weather can I expect on my hunt?

A:  Here in Iowa you can expect weather from one extreme to the next.  It has been in the 80's during bow season to -20 during the late gun seasons, and everything in between.  We do have heated blinds for when the weather gets really cold.  We normally have some snow cover during the shotgun and late muzzleloader seasons.  I would recommend bringing a lightweight set of clothing as well as heavy winter clothes.  Feel free to contact me prior to your hunt to get a weather report from me!  Otherwise as the hunter please be prepared with any clothing you will need for warm weather, cold weather, or rainy weather!

Q:  Should I site in my bow or gun before I hunt?

A:  Yes, you will be required to site in before you are allowed to go to the field to hunt.  This is to ensure that you do not wound any animals or miss.  If you refuse to shoot you will not be allowed to hunt.  

Dates And Pricing:

ATTENTION: We are now offering a guaranteed hunt package on our personal farms! This is separate from our normally booked hunts. We still offer all of our regular hunts as we have in the past.  Some customers have asked us to provide this and we are making it happen! We are offering only 2 late muzzleloader hunts on this new guaranteed hunting package.  We are also offering 4 archery spots on our private farms.  Please see details and pricing below our regular rates and dates.  Scroll down to check this unique offer out!  

All prices for zone 4 include meals and lodging.  Hunting licenses are not included.  All out of state deer hunters must apply between May 3rd - June 1st 2014, go to www.iowadnr.com for more info.  For a shortcut to get an application click here  http://www.iowadnr.com/wildlife/files/deerappl.html and click on the application link.  

All hunters who are successful in the drawing pay for their own license.  Our price does not include licenses.  Out of state deer license is $426, general hunting is $112, and habitat fee is $13.  For more info on license fees go to http://www.iowadnr.com/wildlife/files/huntinglicensefees.html 

Price for non-hunting guests is $100.00/night = $600 Total 

*ATTENTION PLEASE READ*

We are located in ZONE 4 for deer and turkey

To promote quality bucks we only allow our guests to harvest mature bucks.  A $1000.00 penalty will be charged for any buck scoring below 125 gross inches.  This will ensure that you and future hunters will see more bucks and bigger bucks during your stay at Southwest Iowa Outfitters.

**We are now offering lodging in our main lodge and have added lodge B.  The main lodge sleeps 8 and the B lodge sleeps 6.  The B lodge has all of the amenities of the main lodge including two showers.  The lodges are booked on a first come first served basis.  If you are booked in lodge B and the main lodge is available you will be upgraded to the main lodge.

We can handle groups of up to 8 people in the main lodge and 6 in lodge B (if you have a group of more than 8 we can place the extra guys in lodge B.  Those guests will still be able to enjoy the main lodge with meals etc and will just be sleeping at lodge B.)  Group rates are available for certain seasons.  We book on a first come first served basis.  Hunts are considered booked when we receive the deposit.  If you do not draw a tag we will hold the deposit and you will be locked in at that years price until you draw.  So make sure you are serious about booking the hunt.  Deposits are non-refundable...This is a business.  We only book a certain amount of hunters per season and zone to keep hunting pressure to a minimum.

***We are booking a maximum of 30 deer hunters for the 2014/2015 seasons.  We are starting to fill up so book now!***

**We also provide hunts during the early muzzleloader and disabled hunter seasons**

*All Deer Hunts are 5 days and 6 nights*

Hunters arrive on Sunday and hunt Monday through Friday and depart

on Saturday unless other arrangements are made ahead of time.  

Or if the seasons start on different days.

*All prices below are all inclusive (lodging, meals, & accommodations.)

PLEASE READ!  BOOK NOW FOR 2015, 2016 or later AND GET $500 OFF PER HUNTER!!!!! LIMITED TIME OFFER! Offer expires July 1st 2014!!!!

*2014 Archery Deer Hunts* Zone 4

All Zone 4 hunts are all inclusive & include lodging, transportation, meals, and accommodations.

 Package Dates

 Hunting Days

 Arrive

Depart

Rate

 Limit of Hunters

Availability

Zone 4 Archery Hunts

Call or Email to see what weeks we have available.  The most popular times to hunt are the first 3 weeks in November and last week in October.  However hunting can also be productive in early October and the end of November

Hunt Monday - Friday, 5 days of hunting, 6 nights at lodge

On the Sunday Prior to your hunt

The  Saturday after your hunt 

$4500

 Up to 8 during a given week at the main lodge

Currently Booked

Call to check for any cancellations or openings!

 

 

*2014 Shotgun Deer Hunts* Zone 4 (All Inclusive)

(Limited Availability Call for details)

 

Hunting Dates

 Package Deal

 Arrive

Depart

Rate

 Limit of Hunters

Availability

Zone 4 

Hunt These Days Dec 7th - Dec 11th

Shotgun Season 1

 

5 Days of hunting, 6 nights at lodge

Dec 5th

Dec 11th

$5000 

Call for group rate for groups of over 4 people 

8

2 cancellations!  Book with us for $500 off!
Zone 4

Hunt These Days Dec 14th - Dec 18th

Shotgun Season 2

 

5 Days of hunting, 6 nights at lodge  Dec 12th Dec 18th $5000

Call for group rate for groups of over 4 people 

8 Booked

 

*2014/2015 Late Muzzleloader Deer Hunts* Zone 4 (All Inclusive)

Please note that we book our late muzzleloader hunter during the 2nd full week of the late muzzleloader season.  This allows us to book our hunters without conflicting with Christmas activities etc. 

Hunting Dates

 Package Deal

 Arrive

Depart

Rate

 Limit of Hunters

Availability

Zone 4

Hunt These Days   Dec 29th - Jan 2nd

POST-RUT (hunt food sources)

 

5 Days of hunting, 6 nights at lodge Dec 28th Jan 3rd $5000

 

8 2 Spots Just Opened!  Call Now

 

2014/2015 Guaranteed Hunt.  (All Inclusive) This is a fully guided hunt on our personal hunting spots.  You are guaranteed an opportunity at an animal 150 inches or bigger.  If you do not have an opportunity at an animal of that size you will be refunded all of your money.  (Besides guiding fees and a deposit for your next hunt)  These hunts are more expensive but keep in mind you are paying for a fully guided, guaranteed opportunity at a world class animal.  (If you choose to pass a 150 inch animal or miss that is considered an opportunity.)  Only 2 spots available per year.  And only during the late muzzleloader season!

ATTENTION!!!! We are now offering bow hunts on our private farms.  We have added some private farm acres.  Please contact me for info!!!

Hunting Dates Package Deal Arrive Depart Rate Limit of Hunters Availability 
Zone 4

With a limit of only 2 hunters for this hunt you may choose which week during the late muzzleloader season works best for you.

Arrive on a Sunday, Hunt Monday - Friday, depart on Saturday.

Fully Guided, Guaranteed opportunity on a 150 inch animal or larger on our personal farms.

TBD TBD $8500 for animals up to 179 inches.  $10,500 for animals 180 inches and up.  If you do not get an opportunity at a 150 or bigger you will be refunded all but $2000.  That is $1000 for guide and lodging fee and $1000 toward your next hunt.   2 hunters during the entire late muzzleloader season. BOOKED 

 

 

*2013 Spring Turkey Hunts* (All Inclusive)

 Package Dates

 Hunting Days

 Arrive

Depart

Rate

 Limit of Hunters

Availability

Zone 4

April 15 - May 19

3 Day Hunts, 4 Nights

Check Season dates

Check Season Dates

$1250

 Up to 8

Starting to book now! Call Us

 

2015 Deer Hunts

 Package Dates

 Hunting Days

 Arrive

Depart

Rate

 Limit of Hunters

Availability

Bow First Full Week of Nov

$4500

 Up to 8

Booked!

Bow Second Full Week of Nov $4500 Up to 8 Booked!
Shotgun 1 $5000 Up to 8 Call for availability
Shotgun 2 $5000 Up to 8 Call for availability
Late Muzz $5000 Up to 8 3 Spots Available
Private Farm Guaranteed Hunts Call Call Call

 

2016 Deer Hunts

 Package Dates

 Hunting Days

 Arrive

Depart

Rate

 Limit of Hunters

Availability

Bow First Full Week of Nov 

$4500

 Up to 8

BOOKED!
Bow Second  Full Week of Nov $4500 Up to 8 BOOKED!
Shotgun 1 $5000 Up to 8 4 Spots Available
Shotgun 2 $5000 Up to 8 Spots Available
Late Muzz $5000 Up to 8 Spots Available
Private Farm Guaranteed Late Muzzleloader Hunts Call Call BOOKED!
Private Farm Bow Hunts Call Call 4 Spots Available

 

2017 Deer Hunts

 Package Dates

 Hunting Days

 Arrive

Depart

Rate

 Limit of Hunters

Availability

Bow First Full Week of Nov 

$4500

 Up to 8

7 Spots Available
Bow Second  Full Week of Nov $4500 Up to 8 6 Spots Available
Shotgun 1 $5000 Up to 8 5 Spots Available
Shotgun 2 $5000 Up to 8 7 Spots Available
Late Muzz $5000 Up to 8 6 Spots Available
Private Farm Guaranteed Hunts Call Call Call

 

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