Some of the best whitetail hunting destinations in the country are the hardest to get into. Iowa is on that list, but it's certainly not impossible to get a tag … if you're prepared.
From right now, you've got about a week to get your nonresident deer hunting application into the Iowa DNR, which will be closing its deadline doors on June 1.
Here's the best part: You can purchase a preference point each year, at a fraction of the license cost, and stockpile those bad boys until you're ready for a whitetail hunt in those Iowan fields of dreams.
And when you dig into the stats, the odds don't seem so daunting. If you're a bowhunter, you're looking at a 3- to 4-year wait. If you're a slugger or a muzzleloader aficionado, then your wait is more likely to be only 2 years.
See that whitetail above? See that smile? Both those things are proof that drawing an Iowa tag is well worth the wait. That photo was taken 2 years ago, and my turn is coming around again this fall.
Get your app in … and I'll see ya there.