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Old 12-01-2011, 08:47 AM   #1
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Default Opening morning shot gun!!

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I'm driving in from South Louisiana (Baton Rouge) tonigh for the shot gun season. If any of you have made a similar track, can you advise me on the QUICKEST route to Southwest Iowa (Malvern, IA)?

What's the outlook for opening day? Is the rut over?

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Old 12-01-2011, 08:49 AM   #2
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going to be nasty opening day over here. rain to ice then to snow.
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Old 12-01-2011, 10:50 AM   #3
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Hey Louisiana Boy - I grew up in SW Iowa and now live in the MS Delta. Take your quickest route to MS (Greenville) and then take HWY 82 to Lake Village and then get on HWY 65 N to Little Rock. In LR take Int. 40 almost to Fort Smith and then take HWY 71 North. In KC, MO take Int. 29 North to about 20 NW of St. Joseph, MO and pick up HWY 71 N again. I think you'll want the Red Oak, Iowa exit off 71 headed west to Malvern. Hope this helps and good luck. I'm Jealous! If you need more detailed info. shoot me a PM and I'll get it to you.
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not used to snow at all. Do your deer still move in this type of weather??
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Old 12-01-2011, 11:17 AM   #5
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Hey Louisiana Boy - I grew up in SW Iowa and now live in the MS Delta.
Hey another Mississippi guy! We have several MS people on this site
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Old 12-01-2011, 11:35 AM   #6
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Well - I still consider myself an old Iowa boy, still call Atlantic home, just taking up residence here in MS. Just wish the State of Iowa saw it that way so I could afford to come home and hunt. My best friend still lives in Iowa (McClelland) and we manage to get together in other, more affordable states a couple times a year to do some hunting so it all works out.
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Old 12-01-2011, 11:35 AM   #7
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not used to snow at all. Do your deer still move in this type of weather??
They will move heavy before and after. BUT its shotgun season and with people pushing deer will be moving no matter what. Be careful driving in those conditions, they are deadly to those that have years upon years of driving experience in them. Also, our rut is long over, you might catch a late doe here and there but like i said with hoards of people walking through the woods, bucks wont have time to even consider that late doe. Good luck!
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Old 12-01-2011, 12:29 PM   #8
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Gang:

I'm driving in from South Louisiana (Baton Rouge) tonigh for the shot gun season. If any of you have made a similar track, can you advise me on the QUICKEST route to Southwest Iowa (Malvern, IA)?

What's the outlook for opening day? Is the rut over?

Thanks
Yes rut is over. As for weather latest i have is the snow is gonna be northern iowa southern minnesota/wisconsin. The hunting should be pretty good in southern iowa. I hunt north eastern and should have an easy go of it. I have family farm and we are the only ones to hunt it. The neighbors will keep deer moving thru us. If ur on public should have same luck. Deer counts are much higher in southern 2 tiers of counties in iowa. Good luck and be careful!
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Old 12-01-2011, 01:22 PM   #9
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Looks like rain in parts of the state...I would prefer snow
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Old 12-01-2011, 01:33 PM   #10
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thanks guys, im pumped
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