#486 Trophy Bucks of Iowa – Brandon Dahms

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Brandon Dahms believes Trophy Bucks of Iowa is more than just bragging harvests; it’s about sharing the mutual love of the hunt. He’s proud of the fact that social media has been influential in spreading awareness about hunting. In this episode, Brandon discusses the boom of shed hunting in Iowa and the use of hunting dogs. Extending it to future generations, he talks about how it is up to the hunters now and the older generation to make hunting more enjoyable for kids even without the use of weapons.

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Trophy Bucks of Iowa – Brandon Dahms

I’m heading out to Iowa. I’m with a good friend, Brandon Dahms. Brandon and his crew have started a couple of years ago with Trophy Bucks of Iowa. How long have you been running Trophy Bucks of Iowa, Brandon?

I started a few years ago.

People that don’t know anything about Iowa hunting deer, shame on you, but Trophy Bucks of Iowa is on social media. They were featured out the Iowa Deer Classic. Brandon, why don’t you bring my readers that don’t know anything about Trophy Bucks of Iowa up to speed?

Eric Kline started it, him and his brother, Mark. It started out as a social media page on Facebook. It’s some friends who share their harvests. Brag born on, “Check out the deer that I harvested.” It became so relatable to the average person and it exploded over the last few years on Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat. The whole idea and premise of the Trophy Bucks of Iowa has evolved too. Even though it’s called Trophy Bucks of Iowa, it’s not about the inches of antler. It’s about the average hunter and what the trophy means to them. A lot of the cases, it could be a father taking their daughters or son out, shoot a doe and it’s the very first hunting experience they had. That memory and that doe is a trophy. People will send in their harvesting pictures. It doesn’t have to be harvesting, it can be a father-and-son hanging out on the woods, mushroom hunting or doing anything outdoors. That has big meaning to them. They’ll send it to us and we’ll post it on our social media page and share to the world that we reached hundreds of thousands of people.

Our busiest week ever reached almost five million people. The real relatable thing is on TV, it gets to be where you can see people always shoot 180 to 200-inch deer. In the grand scheme of things even though we live in Iowa and it’s Trophy Bucks of Iowa, that’s just not the norm. We are very fortunate to be able to harvest and have the opportunity to harvest mature, large deer all over the state but it’s not about that. The average person that follows Trophy Bucks of Iowa appreciate that and enjoy seeing a lot of youth hunters getting out for the first time. They may not have, but by seeing our page and seeing other kids. There are even grown adults that have never got into hunting. They enjoy seeing their friend and neighbor get into it and say, “Maybe it’s something I’d like to try.” It’s been fun to watch it grow.

Do you have your own TV show?

We do not have our own TV show. It’s strictly social media. We have our own apparel, shirts, hats and everything. We have a Facebook shop. You can also get our stuff at Scheels. There’re a few other avenues to get that but no TV show. We’re filming our hunts and we have a phenomenal editor. He’s been doing all our filming and editing. We have lots of footage but it’s not about the four of us, but the Trophy Bucks of Iowa even though we are featured a lot on it. It’s more about the average hunter and sharing their harvest.

Where can a guy or gal can see the video? On YouTube or Facebook channel?

We do have YouTube channel. We post all of our videos to our Facebook page. We are editing a lot of them and we’re probably going to save a lot of that for the off-season. In the middle of summer or even late spring and late summer, when you’re getting a fever of having the season around the corner, that’s probably where we are going to release our videos of our hunting seasons in the past and bridge the gap from one season to the next.

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What type of responses do you get from people about the Trophy Bucks of Iowa? Jimmy Jones writes, “Thanks so much for posting my picture,” or Suzy says, “It was exciting to see myself.” Are you getting that type of feedback?

Being a hunting page, you will get both the extreme positives and extreme negatives. What was nice of Iowa Deer Classic, they have Facebook now because of Trophy Bucks of Iowa, a lot of parents came up and say how much their kids talked about it. They have one father who is talking about his daughter, ten years old. There’s not a lot of ten-year-old girls that’s into hunting. This is exciting to see but he said the first thing that his daughter asks him every day is, “What’s new in Trophy Bucks of Iowa Facebook page?” They pull up the page and scroll through it. She gets to see it and he’s sending a picture of her and she caught a nice bass in the farm pond on a Mickey Mouse pool. When you share that, it made her day to see herself on the Trophy Bucks of Iowa and see how many people it reached.

That’s positive enforcement that’s reserve now. Do you have sponsors that help support your business?

Yes, we partnered with quite a lot of people. As we’ve grown, so have our involvement with other companies like LandProz, Scent Crusher, Antler King and Stealth Cam. They are some of the top ones. We also partnered with Muddy. On a lot of our videos, you’ll see us featuring Muddy Outdoors products such as the bold blinds and their treestands. All my food plots are Antler King food plots. We’ve incorporated a lot of our partners. We like to incorporate products that we use on an everyday basis. When we’re doing our videos, we like to do a lot of informative videos on hinge cutting, food plots or mock scrapes. We like to feature our partners who give products an everyday person can use and have access with. Not only that, it’s relatable where our hunting just like everybody else does. Some not always being successful, but we’re also using products that everybody else use and show them how.

That’s great because as you grow, you want to partner up with one product that you’re going to use in the field. It’s not, “I am a partner of X, Y, Z. No, we never use their product.”

The last thing that I want is featuring products that we’re not going to use. If our name’s affiliated with it and a lot of people take what we have to say seriously, we want that information to be accurate and informative. If I’m not going to use it personally, then we’re not going to partner with them. There’s a lot of information out there that a lot of people don’t understand or know and they want to. If it works, we want to get it out there and help them. For instance, mock scrapes. I got many snapshots and videos thanking us. I’m doing a simple mock scrape video, what mock scrape means, why we’re doing them and where we place them. It’s neat to see the average person that would never do a mock scrape and we’ll send them video or pictures of their mock scrape and they were able to harvest the buck. The mock scrape they created is only because of the videos we shared. That’s how it’s exciting to see.

Where would that video be? I know I’ve got readers that say, “I like to see that.” Where can they go and find it?

It would be on our Facebook page and we’ll do throwbacks. Even if we’ve already posted that before, as things get relevant, we do a lot of our videos in time as we’re usually doing it. We did a video on getting ready for shed hunting and what I do to get shed hunting to help me become successful. It’s relevant for them. We have a video on frost seeding and it’s a perfect time and I would frost seed some clover on food plots. A lot of these videos that we post, even if it’s not a new one and it was posted previously, we’ll post it so it’s relevant in the moment. The average hunters can follow our Facebook page. They know the time to start reading mock scrapes or the steps you need to do when the plant Brassica food plots or hinge cutting trees.

Since you mentioned shed hunting, some parts of the country are over shed hunting and some parts of the country can’t get through the snow to shed hunt and all the parts in between. Let’s talk about shed hunting. What is it and what’s it turned into?

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Shed hunting over the last years just exploded in Iowa. The time and the years passed that you’ll be able to walk at a property, maybe not a property to deer hunt, but you have access to shed hunt it. Usually you will find your old sheds that nobody cared to pick them up. That’s not heard of anymore. I love shed hunting so much that I’ll pass a buck that’s been on my hit list. Once I see it in person, I think, “I’d like to get those shed later.” My personal goal is to have multiple years of a set of sheds hunting deer and then harvest the deer. My number one hit list buck, I’ve only found one shed off him and five years of history, so that’s not going to happen for him. Shed hunting has absolutely exploded and it’s good and bad. It gets harder to find good places that you’re not the first one there.

My good properties that I deer hunt in Southern Iowa, I’m the only one that has mission to be there. Unfortunately, when we went back, all my trail cameras were messed with. A couple of them had been deleted and the memory card’s gone. I know this is some spot that we find them every year. The food plots, I put alfalfa out. Alfalfa is a hidden secret gem in the State of Iowa as far as shed hunting goes. It keeps all the deer close by. Trespassing has become our problem in Iowa and the good shed spots are unheard of because of how popular it’s got. It’s neat to see though how Trophy Bucks of Iowa are getting all the pictures sent. I’ve got a lot of pictures of myself there, Eric, Ryan and Mark. We got a lot of pictures sent in by young kids, boys and girls with their parents excited to get their first ever antlers. It makes it worth it as well.

Do you use dogs at all for shed hunting?

That’s a new partner as well. Eric Kline has a dog, Harper, and it went through antler dogs. Roger runs antler dogs. All he does is train. I personally don’t use shed dogs. My dog has found sheds and I trained him for it, but he’s getting older so I don’t take it that much. Eric has a trained shed dog and it went through training. It’s out for three months training, let’s say six weeks or eight weeks. Antler dogs is a phenomenal job and it’s becoming extremely popular here in Iowa for antler dogs. It was on Iowa Deer Classic and quite a few seminars on training shed dogs.

When you’re out and about, then you get your dog out and about shooting pheasants, quail or whatever. Spending time with your dog and he’s bringing back shed.

Eric picked his dog, Harper, up from training. They swung by their property on his way back to Des Moines. Harper found three sheds all by herself within a matter of the first hour looking. He was pretty excited to have Harper on board now. It’s depressing in Iowa when deer season ends. You always think that it’s not October yet and there’s such a long period before October 1st. It’s a year-long process. If deer season ends, then you prep for shed season and have the time to look for antlers. Soon it will be a food plot time and once food plot season ends, then you have almost bow season. It’s a year-long process now versus before when some people would simply shoot gun hunt or hunt for a few weeks a year and now it’s a twelve-month ordeal.

Everybody can’t do that, I understand. More people are doing it vicariously or taking as much time as they can during the winter to get shed. What I found out is a shed will tell you okay but focus on their hand out camera. Use one shed and then you can age class them. Probably if you drop the shed, he’s still alive.

It’s a great way to take an inventory of what deer you have for next year. It’s exciting and I know a few of the deer that I find sheds for winter where I can hunt them, but they don’t spend early October and November during the rut where they shed. We have two running areas. I hope that as these deer are getting older, their home range shrinks quite a bit which can be the case and I’ll be able to get them once they’re mature.

Let’s talk about that secret clover, over seeding clover and some land keeping bucks around. We’ll drop their shed when in close proximity of that clover.

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It’s a great time to pattern bucks this time of the year once deer season ends. It’s a tough time for the deer. It’s extremely cold and food can be hard to find. Anything that you can do to help the deer get through the season. They’re smart animals. They know if you can place a bunch of pure alfalfa bales, small square bales. I’ll also get some Antler King protein and Attract-N-Fuel was the one I used. What I’ll do is, I’ll know where the deer bed on the property is. The travel is where they normally go to try to find food and somewhere in between there, I put my trail camera up and some alfalfa bales using one of my existing food plots because they are already patterned to go there. Some of these are protein and Attract-N-Fuel. I’d say majority of the time, I’ll know the day those deer shed on the camera literally every day. That time of the year they eat and sleep as much as they do every day. Once I see that they shed on the camera, I’ll know how to get in there and start shed hunting circumference my alfalfa bales. Lots of the shed I found, I think so far, I’m in my mid 30s, I’m almost half the 40 sheds a year. A large majority of them have been inside of my own alfalfa bales and Antler King that I put out.

How many acres do you have?

I’m fortunate enough to hunt multiple properties and the largest one is 160 acres. The smallest one is at 60 acres, but I’d say for the 40 antlers or 35 antlers. Almost twenty have been found in the 60-acre piece because I’d had so much food there and all of the food surrounding the properties has been picked over or was snow covered so they congregate to the properties that I was at. I left it alone until it showed up on camera and shed. I’m hoping that correlates to them sticking around the spring, summer and fall and have a good chance to hunt.

That’s wishful thinking.

That’s hunting buy and sell right there.

They will move bucks from August to September where they go.

They have the bucks. They have what they want to be and what’s amazing is that they don’t have a calendar. A lot of the bucks and show up to a property, same day, every year up to this day. It baffles me on how they don’t have a calendar. They have a pattern and that amazes me every year.

It has a lot to do with food sources and the changes which they realize. If we are observant, we’ll realize the same changes in the temperature, rain, sun and everything.

Food source and also there is a direct correlation with pressure on the property. For instance, the farmers are one of the properties that I like to hunt. He’s on my cameras all the time. He loves to walk in this property and I’d say one of the best weeks I’ve ever had was when he was on a vacation for a few weeks. I tried to stay away from the properties that I have hitlist bucks on. I have them patterned on camera or I know there are few hot does in the area to where, No matter what I do, there are going to be bucks in the area. Food source and pressure are the top two things and both of them can be manipulated by us.

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One thing that I’ve been hearing from a bunch of people is they’re going to one of the three-day hunts. That’s it. They hunt one buck and one pair at a time. They know any more pressure. He’s going any way. They roll the dice and if the wind is right, everything’s right, barometer, time of rub. It might even be pre rut, this depends. They’re finding their success is going up at least seeing the deer. Seeing and getting, as you know, is difficult.

My top hit list buck I surely think that if I get a chance to get him out of this ball, most of the time you think of archery hunting in Iowa. That magical Halloween, the middle of November are peak rut. My top hitlist buck, he somehow becomes a ghost during that timeframe. Every year, the first week or ten days of October, he’s very visible. I know my timeframe to getting him is going to be that early pre harvest part of the season and I’m going to try to go after him. His name is Curly and I’m going to set up no matter what the wind’s direction is. At first, every day I could possibly get in there early in October, I will be in that property hunting him, but I’ll definitely make sure that my accessibility and situation I’m sitting in won’t ruin the spot.

Let’s take some notes on what Brandon said. One, he knows the deer’s there because he’d seen him numerous years and he’s going to have a set up that allows him access, hunting time or availability to close a deal on that buck. That doesn’t happen by chance and that’s the point I want to make. People today are more serious. There are some serious deer hunters out there. As we look at other people, women, youth, our friends who don’t hunt, they can’t hunt at the same rate of amplitude or same attitude. They don’t have it in them. How can I stay in the stand for eight hours or ten hours? Why would I go in the stand when it’s in eighteen below zero or whatever?

Taking somebody new there that doesn’t have the mindset of, “I love being out there and I can sit all day and enjoy it. If I see something, I see something. If I don’t, I will still move to places that I’ll see something.” When you’re taking a child or person that’s new to hunting, I always take a lot of friends or friends that are new to hunting, I’ll take them on their first hunts. I always try to set them up on areas where I know there is a high traffic spot and they’ll have lots of activity. They might not shoot a deer or harvest anything, but they’ll always have something to see. That’s key on youth.

I don’t have any kids but I know that if you take a kid for hunt for the first time, spend five hours straight on the line and they don’t get a single kill or don’t see anything, they’ll probably not take hunting as the most fun to do out there. Sometimes it keeps the hunt short and make it fun. If they’re a little noisy and they blow the hunt. Make sure it’s fun to them and it’ll keep them coming back. They’ll evolve overtime, probably get to the mindset that I’m at where you keep track of all that situational things to make the hunt to the highest probability.

Talking about youth, there’s a lot of media flare about the youth, high schools and guns, what’s right and what’s wrong or who’s right and who’s wrong? We’re not going to get into that except that if every person that’s reading this show, we took a kid out into the outdoors. Get the guns or the bows or fishing rod. Take for a walk or shed hunting. Take them and show them what the outdoors are. Millions of kids are completely clueless. What somebody says on TV or YouTube, Snapchat or Instagram must be true. They absolutely have no basis. There are some kids that come from hunting families, I understand it. It’s our responsibility to at least open up the outdoors to kids.

It can be contagious to people that aren’t familiar with the outdoors. It doesn’t have to be hunting. Take them outside for a shed hunt or mushroom hunting. Even if it’s fishing. There’re so many kids on a nice sunny day, they don’t have school and spend it indoors. It’s not socially interacting and it takes one time of taking a child or youth or even if it’s friend that doesn’t have an outdoor experience. Take them out there and let them see how much fun it is. I’ll take another people outside that have experienced deer hunting for the first time and they’re blown away. They say you don’t even have to take a weapon. You just take a camera out and enjoy seeing nature. Something that you would never see from your bedroom, couch or anything like that. I agree with you and opening up the outdoors could become contagious and soon you will see more kids out there playing outside like we used to.

They leave it. 7:00 have breakfast, leave and come back. Maybe with a trout, with some worm, maybe with a frog. I always get into these thickets with burdock. You have to comb them off your clothes and your hair.

I stand on the outside, I stand on the back deck for many hours picking off burdocks from our clothes. My mom would shake her head and say, “What did you do?” We had a great time doing it.

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I know those times are lost. They are.

Aside from small farming communities that you see, the kids out there are playing because that’s what they do for entertainment. I know a lot of my friends, their kids they don’t like getting outdoors like we used to do. It’s unfortunate but I don’t see the trend changing. It’s on us to try to change that.

Let’s move over to your fall away hunt. You shot a buck. Was it a buck? I don’t know the story of that. Tell us about that buck that you chase all year and finally put on the ground and he became not a buck. What’s that all about?

We ran cameras on this entire property all year. It’s a long property and he was on every single camera every single week so we knew it was there. It was his home base and Trophy Bucks of Iowa partner and I, both had hunting rights to this place, so we were both after him. We put a lot of time and effort into this buck. Passed a lot of nice bucks because they weren’t the big ten. We named this buck the big ten because it’s a super wide, perfectly cleaned ten-point buck. I had a lot of encounters with him during bow season. Saw him every single time I was in the stand. That weekend it was eighteen below zero. My brother and I chose to go out and hunt. My lifestyle if I’m not working and I don’t have any family plans, I’ll be out hunting. My brother was in town. We decided to hunt from the ground and I didn’t take my heat or body suit with me so we put as many layers on as we could and sat on this fence line and observe this picked bean field. One side is picked beans and the other side was CRP. The wind is coming from the CRP to us and we sat there for a few hours and saw a lot of deer, but nothing was mature.

A lot of yearlings, nice basket rack bucks and nothing that my brother was wanting to put his tag on. He wasn’t going to shoot anything. My freezer was pretty much full of those I have harvested and I had my sight set on this one buck and it was either going to be that one buck or us. We were cold with it being below 30 degrees with wind chill, eighteen actual temp. It wasn’t dark yet, we didn’t intend on being done yet. We couldn’t handle the cold anymore. We stood up and walked back to the cabin and did a spot and stalk to the cabin and if we saw anything, a mature doe, or a nice buck, my brother could shoot. As we stood up 100 miles away, my brother says, “There’s big ten looking right at us and he had us pegged.” The wind was from him to me and he didn’t quite understand what we were, and he proceeded to walk right to us. Once he got to 40 yards, he had stopped. We were in a dead stare down.

My brother and I are in the wide open because we had started to walk back and I put my scope on his shoulder. He was quartering pretty heavy so I put it right on his shoulder and pulled the trigger, and it misfired. My heart sank. The buck I did a quick little nervous drop but it stood there still staring at us and I whispered to my brother who had his muzzle within a width if mine and said, “do you have a shot?” He says, “I’m not shooting that deer.” I pulled a hammer back and miraculously fires on the second time and I drill him. He wasn’t a couple of steps into it and his antlers fell off his head. I’ve seen pictures of it, I’ve even seen a video of it. It’s not a common thing and I wasn’t expecting that. it’s a first me. I will remember that hunt over most of my hunt I’ve ever had because of that so I got a good picture of both antlers and the blood trails. In Iowa, if you shoot a buck and loses its antlers, legally, you can use the antler as tag on the deer. I could’ve kept my statewide tag. It has its antlers when I shot him so I put my statewide tag on him and I ended the season for me. I was happy to do that.

The properties, you’ve said was 190 acres but real skinny?

One hundred and ninety acres but it hunts a lot more than that. It’s not a big block of property, as far as you know, a lot of big crop farms in Iowa are big, perfectly square or large rectangles. This is a drawn out 190 acres. It has everything from heavy big timber to CRP to real thick seeder. It has all the environments, multiple ponds treatment, It’s an ideal property for having mature bucks like this on there. He obviously liked the property because he was on both sides of it every week. Travel up and down and didn’t seem to travel far from the property. I’m very fortunate to have access to this property and I know we have some deer that we’re already looking forward to the following years.

How many sets do you have on that property?

There’re probably ten to twelve sets on that property. A few of them are inside of each other and strictly for plane to wind purposes and it depends on what time of year it is. There’re certain times of the year that I like hunting field edges where I can have a large vantage point. Especially during rut, I use a buck’s aggressiveness to my advantage towards them. Instead of hunting deep in the timber, which a lot of people do which a lot of people do and have phenomenal success hunting deep in the timber during rut. I like those field edges where I can see the deer and I’ll either use a decoy if the time is right, or grunt to rattle them into. I can get them to cover a lot of property in a hurry. If I didn’t have my brother with me, I would go to my tree stand over the top of this picked bean field. It seems like late season in Iowa, especially during a muzzleloader, evenings is the main hunted timeframe of the day. Every night on clock, we’ll be usually out in the fields. Standing beans or picked beans was the ticket. Before cornfields is the way to go. They like to travel through the CRP to get to the bean field. I happen to be in the path between him and the food.

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A little work was into how you’re going to hunt on a property. You got to understand how the property lays and so many times you’ll say, “This is a good place.” It’s the property that strategically to make your stand sets.

My one set that I’m going to hunt is my number one hit list buck and I named it curly. I found my first shed of him when he was a spike, he’s a beautiful buck now, but on his first year he was a spike. The spike snaked up. That’s why I named it curly. He’s had the same snake-shaped brown tine ever since then. You want to have an idea on what wind direction you’re going to want to hunt that stand from certain timeframes. I know that, that buck curly, disappears in the middle of October, so I know my timeframe to harvest him if he follows through for the years that I’ve seen him. He’s going to be out early October, so I’m going to have sets for every single instance. If I have a southwest wind, I know I’m going to hunt with stand. If I had a wind out on the north, I’m going to have another set. That way, I have a good idea. A buck that’s mature, it doesn’t take much to spook them and turn them nocturnal. A lot of people when they go to an area, they say, “I’m going to put a stand on this tree and hunt it no matter what.” One, is your wind, Scent Crusher, has helped out immensely when I’ve used it or I use ozone and it eliminates my odor.

I haven’t been busted near as much over the years, but a lot of people don’t take into effect are their wind, their scents travelling and also accessibility. I have to travel by where the deer are hanging out on my way to the stand and I blow them out of the area, I’m not going to have a high probability of hunting those deer again on the same day because I’m already blown them out. When I find a good spot on that property that I want to hunt, I figure out what ways I can set maybe a tree stand. Maybe if I want to hunt a certain wind, I need to have a ground blind instead of a tree stand. You’ll try to make the sets properly and also accessibility. Sometimes I have to go out of my way to get into that spot so I can leave the deer alone. It’s certainly not a cheap hobby. If you’re going to have all of your time, effort, and all of that money on deer hunting, you want the highest probability of success that you can have and a big part of that is the deer never know you’re there. Bumping them wind, or scent can be the two main factors that you can spook them.

Let’s switch it up to talk about Iowa and specifically, public land, DIY and the deer that people are taking are eye openers. This is public land.

Iowa gets in resident. Public land gets overlooked for a lot people because it has a notion that it’s extremely over hunted. Some properties that when the sun comes up, they see hunters as far as they can look. The same instance for some public areas out west, I know you have same areas in Colorado, where you look and see orange everywhere during mule, deer, elk season. I know, like out west, in Iowa, if you are willing to put time and effort into doing your own due diligence and research and find proper areas of public hunting. There are some absolute gems in the State of Iowa for public hunting. I had a good friend come from out east, Brian, he’s part of our team TBI and he waited for many years. It’s not buying the tag and drawing the tag. You have to travel to Iowa you need to have accommodations and it’s a lot of time commitment.

When people come from out of State of Iowa, they have high expectations. They’re not used to some of the deer that we have around here and they want to leave. Having neither a great experience of at least seeing a big deer or having the opportunity to harvest one. Brian came, do it yourself, hunted public lands, hung his own sets. Ended walking out with a 180 plus whitetail. Which is better than anything I’ve ever killed. You can see a couple of my deer on the wall, I’ve been fortunate. This is his first time in Iowa, he put in a lot of time and effort and it wasn’t my luck. He scouted, he came before season and heard a lot of intel with people on where to. Studied maps where he went, it took a lot to work. The backpack, his stands and hang them. If you put time and effort, you’ll be successful.

Even though it sounds a daunting task of equity every four years, one, there’s some great outfitters there in Iowa. That’s a great place to go, but you still have to draw the tag. Don’t negate the job that Iowa has done to provide an opportunity. That’s all we can hope for.

I’m familiar with the DNR down in southern Iowa. They have a big job in their hands because unfortunately, with big deer, comes a lot of people who try to take them in the wrong ways. Aside from the poaching aspect of it, the DNR has done a phenomenal job. Our deer herd is healthy. We have a certain allocated number of tags that are allowed to be harvested from each county. They’re accessing new properties for, not only in state residents but for non-residents. Once they’ve drawn a tag, there’s absolute tons of acres of properties that are set up for public hunting. To bring in residents. I’m very fortunate to have access to a lot of private properties. There’s a lot of people that love to hunt, that don’t have access to private properties that are even Iowa residents. The DNR has done an absolute phenomenal job of having great pieces of public property that gives any person have a very high success rate of harvesting a great Iowa whitetail.

Let’s wrap up the show with telling people how to get a hold of Trophy Bucks of Iowa.

You can go on to our Facebook page, Trophy Bucks of Iowa, and you can send us a message. We love hearing from everybody. We get hundreds of messages. Whether it’s them sharing their photo or wanting to see a certain video. If you want to learn something about shed hunting, TSI work or food plots, please send a request. We’d love to create a video and do it. We’re on Instagram, @IowaTrophyBucks and we’re also on Snapchat, TrophyBucksOfIa.

Brandon, it was a pleasure hanging with you. Your hospitality is wonderful. If I don’t buzz by your place this fall. I sure hope to be there. Iowa Deer Classic.

It’s a pleasure being back on and I look forward to you coming back to Iowa, staying here and coming to Iowa Deer Classic.

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