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Iowa Deer Hunting

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IMB Outfitters offers trophy whitetail deer hunting in Zone 5 of Iowa. Iowa is without doubt the heavyweight of Midwestern Whitetail States. Iowa ranks as the #2, State in the Nation according to the Pope and Young, and Boone and Crockett Record Books. Interestingly enough this state ranks as #2, but hands out the fewest whitetail tags of any state with the exception of Kansas. Imagine the statement, “2nd Fewest tags available, 2nd best State in the Nation.” Darrin Bradley, Owner IMB Outfitters, states, “If you pursue 160 inch plus bucks you must hunt Iowa.” Early in record book recordings the State of Iowa boasted of record book entries from its Northeastern regions of Zones 1 and 2 but all that has changed. The quality whitetail deer herd is now found predominantly in the South Central and South Eastern portion of the State known as Zone 5. This is where we are located and it is also home to the new World Record Lowenstein Buck.

    Simply put, if your not hunting Zone 5 of Iowa, your not hunting Iowa. When setting up our hunt camp locations we not only selected the highest quality States to hunt but also selected to hunt the highest ranking Counties in those States.  Careful research will display that it’s not enough to just hunt a good State.  You must research the State and discover what areas in what States are the “hot spots” for trophy whitetail deer.

Firearms Hunts:

The State of Iowa limits firearm hunters to shotgun, muzzleloader or handgun only during the Firearms Seasons. No rifles are allowed. While this may discourage the booking of gun hunts by some sportsmen, it is common knowledge that these same limitations may be the chief reason for the existence of trophy bucks in this state. Simply put, when you limit hunters to shotgun or muzzleloader you limit the distances they are able to shoot. In turn by doing so, deer live longer as they are more difficult to harvest. All this equals longer life spans and larger racks. The firearms tags are obtained through a lenient lottery process in May which IMB Outfitters will assist you with. The Iowa Firearm Lottery has yielded an estimated 85% tag obtainment success rate. Although tags are NOT a guarantee they are relatively easy to obtain. In fact we have had Iowa hunters that drew Firearms tags up to 3 years in a row.  The Iowa gun hunt is exceptional because of the difficulty of obtaining an Iowa Archery Tag.  Because it’s so very hard to get an Iowa archery tag, our Iowa farms nearly go unhunted until gun season.  This fact has given birth to a very naïve whitetail deer herd with the biggest bucks in America.

Archery Hunts:

Iowa presents some of the best archery hunting in the world for trophy whitetails. Bowtags are difficult to obtain for 1st year applicants. Normally it is a two to three year process to obtain an Iowa Archery Tag. Usually the first year you apply for a tag in May you are denied and awarded a preference point. Most often times when the applicant applies the 2nd or 3rd year he or she obtains the tag. IMB Outfitters suggests you book two years in advance for an Iowa Archery hunt. Another common booking by hunters is the hunter will book in Missouri, or Illinois, during their first year with IMB Outfitters. We will help you obtain your Iowa preference points so you may return to hunt the following year in Iowa with IMB Outfitters. It’s a hunt well worth the wait. The archery season runs from October 1 to January 15, but wise hunters don't waste a Iowa archery tag on a non-rut hunt. The best dates for Iowa Archery hunting fall between Oct. 25 and Nov. 9.

Muzzleloader Hunts:

Iowa offers a muzzleloader only hunt in late December early January. Muzzleloader only hunters may choose any 4 days between the dates below for muzzleloader season. The tag is obtained in a lenient lottery process occurring in May. These hunts are very successful but can prove to be brutally cold with temps hovering around 10 degrees at certain times.  The Iowa Muzzleloader only hunt always ranks in our top 3 hunts presented each year.  Some real monsters hit the ground on the late muzzleloader hunt.  

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Success Rates:

We calculate success rates by dividing the number of trophy buck shot opportunities reported by our hunters, by the number of hunters we take each year in that particular state. Please refer to the success rates page for the latest information. Any rate in excess of 100% implies we offered more shot opportunities at trophy bucks than the number of hunters that visited us during that season. NOTE: No promise or guaranteed shots at trophy bucks are made by IMB Outfitters.

Iowa Location:

Our Iowa deer hunting is located in Allerton, Iowa 45 miles southeast of Des Moines, Iowa. The closest airport would be Des Moines, Iowa. A friendly airport located within an hour of our lodge site. Those travelling by motor vehicle may travel to our trip information page for a detailed map.

In Iowa we offer fully guided hunts of your choice at the following cost per hunter for the Iowa hunt of your choice.

Our fully guided hunting trips are hunts wherein stands are hung by IMB Staff prior to your arrival, guides walk you to the stands to assure you will find the treestand setups and ambush sites, IMB staff will transport you to the farm, field dressing of your deer is done by an IMB Guide, your guide will drag out the animal you harvest, and prepare your animal for taxidermy and meat processing, hero photos, etc. On fully guided deer hunts, the guide doesn’t sit with you while you hunt but, he walks you to and from the stand and takes care of you during your stay to strategize on a trophy whitetail harvest. Thorough examinations of strategies and treestand assignments are performed on your behalf to assure you receive the highest quality service. Guides also scout trophy whitetail deer both prior, and during your hunt in an effort to keep you on the hottest ambush sites available. Great lodges, great food included!

Quality Deer Management Program:

In order to produce large whitetail bucks we have to protect our smaller up and coming bucks from being shot.  Thus you must harvest a buck that scores over 130 inches.  If you shoot a buck that is missing a tine or is broke off we will score him as if he had it, but your buck must score a minimum of 130 inches gross score.  If you shoot a buck under 130 inches a $750 fine is imposed with no hard feelings. 

Trophy Hunting Areas: For the past few years we have been saving farms that we have insisted hunters take a buck scoring over 145 inches.  We call these areas trophy farms.  We do not expect you to hunt these areas unless you are truly after a monster whitetail.  The trophy farms will enhance your chances of taking the buck of a lifetime.  You must specifically request to be placed on a trophy area.  In order to hunt one of these trophy areas the hunter must agree to refrain from shooting a whitetail buck under 145 inches.  If the hunter is on a trophy area with the 145 inch minimum at his own request and shoots a buck scoring under 145 inches there is a $1500 fine.  Only a limited number of hunters will be allowed to hunt what we are referring to as “trophy areas”. Hunters that choose to pursue trophy whitetail bucks on the trophy areas are mandated to pay an additional $250 for their hunt.  We charge a very small fee to access the trophy areas which is used for food plots, and minerals.

Iowa Deer Hunting Prices:

HUNT PRICES ARE INCLUSIVE OF MEALS AND LODGING. However, all Annual Pass, State Pass, and Lifetime Pass holders are responsible to pay for their own lodging.‚Äč

NOTE: Various hunts are for different lengths of time. For example archery hunts are 5 days, firearm hunts are 4 days, and late muzzleloader hunts are 4 days. Additional days may be purchased upon request by the hunter if one wants to hunt longer.  As a result, hunters will be awarded the same number of nights for lodging as the number of days their hunts are. Hunters wishing to purchase additional nights of lodging will be charged extra, per the lodge facility. (Normally $130 per hunter.)

  • IMB Outfitters prefers to receive the final payment of each hunter's outstanding balance 45 days prior to arrival.
  • Taxes may be applicable on the lodging portion of the hunt price. 
  • When you book 4 hunters with IMB, the 5th hunter hunts for free. (The 5th person will be responsible to pay lodging cost.) A saving of up to $3200 on the 5th hunter.

Fully Guided Hunts:  

  •   5 Day Non-rut Archery Fully Guided  10-1 to 10-19  - $2550  
  •   5 Day Pre-Rut Archery Fully Guided  10-20 to 10-31  - $2900  
  •   5 Day Rut Archery Fully Guided  11-1 to 11-20  - $3300  
  •   1st Firearms Fully Guided  12-2 to 12-5 (4 days) - $4000  
  •   2nd Firearms Fully Guided  12-9 to 12-12 (4 days)  - $3500  
  •   Late Muzzleloader Fully Guided (any 4 days)  12-28 to 1-10 -  $3090  

Semi Guided Hunts:  

  •   5 Day Non-rut Archery Semi Guided  10-1 to 10-19 - $1750  
  •   5 Day Pre-Rut Archery Semi-Guided  10-20 to 10-31 - $2200  
  •   5 Day Rut Archery Semi Guided  11-1 to 11-20 -  $2600    
  •   1st Firearms Semi Guided  12-2 to 12-5 (4 days) -  $2890  
  •   2nd Firearms Semi Guided  12-9 to 12-12 (4 days) -  $2390  
  •   2nd Firearms Semi Guided  12-9 to 12-14 (6 days)  - $3500  
  •   Late Muzzleloader Semi Guided 12-28 to 1-10 (any 4 days)  - $2500  

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Single State Pass:  

 IMB has devised a Single State Pass.  This has been done upon popular request by hunters.  A Single State Pass provides the hunter with unlimited hunt access year round for both turkey and whitetail deer hunting in Illinois, Iowa, or Missouri.  In essence a hunter who purchases a Single State Pass can hunt that State as much as he or she desires for 1 year.  Full year round unlimited access.  For example if a hunter would purchase a Missouri State Pass then the hunter can hunt Missouri for turkey and deer year round with unlimited access.  Hunt all year long on an unlimited basis in any of our 5 States.  Of course in Missouri the hunter could harvest an 2 bucks, unlimited does, and 4 turkeys.  The State Pass provides a bonanza of unlimited hunting for one low price.  The Single State Pass is much cheaper than a land lease and provides as much hunting as any hunter could imagine.  In Illinois, a hunter can harvest 2 bucks and 2 turkeys.  In Iowa, a hunter can harvest 1 buck and 1 turkey.  The State Pass is the ultimate budget cut for the serious whitetail enthusiast as the cost is less than 2 hunts. COST:  $7000

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Lifetime Hunting In The Midwest :

IMB Outfitters currently runs trophy deer hunts from state of the art hunting lodges in Iowa, Illinois, and Missouri.  IMB Outfitters is currently offering hunter or hunters the ability to be provided with unlimited hunting in all the States we conduct business for one lump price.  Hunters that simply involve themselves in so many hunts that it would be more beneficial to buy in to unlimited hunting for whitetail, turkey, and predator as a “member” of IMB Outfitters may currently do so.  Many hunters across America find themselves buying so many hunts that they would benefit from simply buying unlimited lifetime hunting for one set price.  IMB Outfitters calls this becoming a “Platinum Rewards Member.”  Any person that purchases unlimited lifetime hunting will simply be able to access any of our hunt camps in Illinois, Iowa, and Missouri with rifle, bow, crossbow, shotgun, or muzzleloader any time that they wish for the rest of their life for a one time payment of $45,000.00.  Although a healthy sum to spend on hunting many hunters across America would save money with the purchase of unlimited lifetime hunting.  Call or email Darrin Bradley, IMB President at 660-651-7900 or email at

Ownership Oppertunities With IMB Outfitters:

IMB Outfitters also offers hunters the opportunity to become minority owners of our hunt service.  A person that buys into the company receives unlimited hunting in all the States we do business for the rest of their life.  Owners also earn annual profits thereby providing an investment opportunity in which hunting pays for itself.  Those wishing to become minority owners of IMB Outfitters may call or email Darrin Bradley, IMB President at 660-651-7900 or email at  Minority ownership is a much greater opportunity than at consistently harvesting trophy whitetail deer and turkey hunts than buying a farm, or leasing as an owner earns profits thereby hunting is no longer costing you ongoing money but rather earning you money.

Iowa Deer And Turkey Licenses & Limits:

The cost of a non-resident combination firearm deer permit (either-sex and antlerless-only): $544  A hunter may harvest 1 buck and 1 doe with a firearm.

The cost of a non-resident archery combination deer permit (one either-sex/one antlerless) will be $544.  A hunter may harvest 1 buck and 1 doe with a bow or crossbow.

The cost of a Non-Resident combination muzzleloader-only deer permit (either-sex and antlerless-only): $544  A hunter may harvest 1 buck and 1 doe with a muzzleloader.

The cost of a non-resident spring turkey tag: $102 ( You also must purchase a hunt license and habitat fee which is an additional $125.)

Bag limits:

A non resident may take one buck and one doe. Non resident hunters have to choose to hunt 1 of 3 seasons which include archery, firearms, or muzzleloader.  No non resident hunter can participate in any more than 1 whitetail season as separated by weapon.  In Illinois and Missouri hunters may participate in multiple season, making Iowa the only State of the three States wherein a hunter can only hunt during 1 season and no more.  

Any hunter may harvest 1 turkey.

Additional info at Iowa hunting:

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