Iowa Hunting Land
Thanks to the endless acres of farmland in Iowa full of corn and soybeans, the bucks have no problem growing into trophies. That makes it one of the top destinations for hunters who come from all around for the chance to harvest one. We’ve got dozens of properties listed in the state, ranging from productive cropland along rivers to the tree-covered rolling hills near Des Moines. Here are a few to get you started on your search for prime Iowa hunting land.
A Whitetail Haven
This 80-plus-acre property in the southeastern part of the state has incredible potential for producing trophy deer. There are several creeks running through the property, as well as a pond that all work to provide year-round water. Seven tillable acres are currently being used for food plots and crops with bedding areas nearby.
“I don’t know of another property that has as high a percentage of thick bedding cover as this farm,” said Whitetail Properties Land Specialist Rich Baugh. To sweeten the deal, there are hundreds of acres of timber, brush and farmland that surround the property, all with landowners that manage for big whitetails.
Farm Property with Trophy Bucks
This 227-acre property has it all: farmland, timber, brush, overgrown fields and food plots. It’s been managed carefully over the past 17 years, with 52 acres in crop production and 15 acres of warm season grass that deer love. There is an additional 20 acres of tillable land as well. The rest is timbered ridges and rolling hills with plenty of bedding areas. There is prime road frontage, but it only covers less than a quarter-mile of the property, which helps to retain seclusion. A 30x40 metal building boasts 500 square feet living quarters, with a 12x40 lean-to across the front that offers storage and a front porch.
Property in the Rolling Hills Near Des Moines
Almost 200 acres only 40 minutes from the Des Moines metro area sounds almost too good to be true. This property has that and so much more, such as the $25,000 annual income from a newly established CRP program on 106 acres through 2027, and nearly an additional $3,000 from a grain pasture lease. The rest of the property is full of beautiful rolling hills with mature timber, deep ravines and two plots with apple trees, providing more than enough forage for deer in the early fall. The only preparation you’ll need is to pack your hunting gear and jump in one of the already established tower blinds.
Premier Waterfowl Property
Big Marsh Wildlife Management Area in central Iowa is considered the premier waterfowl habitat in the state. This 113-acre property to the south of it is a duck magnet. As the season ramps up and hunters flood the public land, ducks will escape to the surrounding private grounds. The property, which is under a Wetland Reserve Program easement, has several shallow water ponds with a good mix of grass and trees. Ring-neck pheasant hunting is also excellent on the property. While best suited for wing-shooters, there are also deer on the property, with potential to enhance the habitat to attract more.