Iowa Whitetail Deer Outfitters
If your looking for crashin antlers, locking horns and big bucks
Iowa Outfitters offering Iowa Deer Hunting Outfitting and Outfitters services for Iowa Whitetail Deer hunting with Archery, Shotgun and Muzzleloader deer hunts. Thunder Ridge Outfitters offers Fully guided
Iowa Deer whitetailed hunts and Turkey hunting services in both Zone 4 and 5 at reasonable prices. Offering hunts for Iowa monster bucks in the rolling hills and hardwoods of Southern Iowa. With over 8,000
acres of leased private ground, our hunts are on unpressured whitetails in the wild, and with NO high fences. We are located 40 minutes south of the
Des Moines Int. Airport. With 3 quality outpost lodges and true home cooked meals we offer both a trophy quality hunt and experience you wont
soon forget. We invite you to browse through our website and compare our trophy photos to our competitors. Check our
references and see why we rate much higher on both customer experience and overall trophy quality satisfaction.
If your looking for crashin antlers, locking horns and Iowa Whitetail Deer hunting and big bucks
Southern, Iowa ZONE 4 & 5
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Some things to think about when booking with an outfitter. Rules I go by when booking an out west hunt....
Rule #1, cheaper is not always better. Sure you may be saving $500, but if your sitting in over hunted stands, areas with no food left and hunting with an outfitter whom just doesn't care if you kill or not, you're not saving anything. With today's economy our hunt is still considered to be a great deal. Iowa is a tough draw, don't risk your hunt to just anyone.
Rule #2, How long have they been in business. Be wiery of the new guy on the block. Calling yourself and outfitter just takes a web page and a business card. But being an outfitter takes years of work. Obtaining ground that produces year in and year out. Most outfitters in Iowa last about 3 years on average. We have been in business for 23!
Rule #3, can they provide references of clients in the past. The best person to tell you how the operation is run, is not the guide. It's the guy before you. Find out through them first hand how they were treated, and what they thought of the operation. Be very wise of outfits that can't offer at least a dozen references, and that only offer them upon request. Contact at least 4 former clients.
Rule #4, the pictures can lie. Make sure the photos of kills are actual clients and not friends or relatives. Cross reference the kill shots with the references you are calling. This is the 2000's if the most recent Trail camera photos are of 2008 and the guy in the harvest photos is wearing Tree Bark camo chances are you are about to get scammed!!! Ask them " are you on the website and which deer did you kill?" Some outfitters will post pics of giant deer that were not even killed on any farms they hunt just to sucker you in. Make sure that what you see is what they get.....
Rule #5, Food Plots! Gun season is all about food plots and holding deer. I can't tell you how many clients we have had that have had nightmare experiences with other outfitters whom claimed to have food plots. Then when they show up to hunt, they are perched over a nice plot of grass! We spend all summer and fall putting in acres and acres of food plots. Our deer stay around and stay healthy well into the next year. Food is the #1 thing in the gun seasons.
Rule #6, Personal service. Yes sometimes it's the little things that make or break a hunt. You could hire the cheapest outfitter who has the biggest deer and if you have to sit in a homemade wooden stand that leans forward all day, you will never enjoy your hunt. We use only top quality blinds, stands and equipment during and all through the season.
Rule #7, We don't do Pre-Rut hunts. Let's face it, you got 5 days to make it happen. Do you want to put all your marbles into a week that could be highs in the 80's and mosquitos everywhere. Soaking with sweat walking to your stand? Also another downside to the pre rut discount is it just puts more people in stands prior to that golden month. Thunder Ridge starts hunting the first week of November every year. We don't try and squeeze in an extra group or two hunters at a cheaper rate that we know have very minimal chances to kill a trophy buck. The middle part of October just has too many variables...
Rule #8 We hunt the gun season with clients- you ask well what does that mean? Well that means we aren't hunting our own leases during gun seasons like other outfitters. We have a close competitor that does not book Gun 1 or Gun 2 so they can hunt their own 1700 Acre lease. They use their little outfitting
business to fund their trophy operation. You will NEVER EVER have to worry about a Thunder Ridge Employee, or TV personality that has not paid the full price of a hunt, hunting any of our leases, EVER! Our leased ground is strictly for clients only.
Rule #9 Success Rates- Let's Be Honest. If I told you we were 100% on Success rates would you seriously want to book a trip for the following year. I know I wouldn't. Our success rates year in and year out average approx 50-60%. Allot of our success is based soley on how the hunter performs when faced with the opportunity to harvest that buck of a lifetime. Will he get winded, flinch at the shot, or just plain miss or wound. We take great pride in our trophy room photos, so browse around ant take a good look at the trophys we take year in and year out and compare those to the other outfitters. Ask them are they posting true Client Kill Photos?
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