Let’s boil down the opportunity between iowa & MO....The one thing most of us on here are missing is that states like MO and MN are after is not the biggest bucks but GREAT opportunity! IA can sell big deer to NR while MO sells rifle opportunity in the rut. Most of us on this thread are after our biggest buck ever. We are the minority and I'd guess if you ask the hunters in MO that are more than happy with the opportunity to shoot a rutting 2 year old with a rifle in MO I bet they like the current regs. Long story short, surrounding states aren't going to change management to help Iowa out. Missouri already generates more revenue from NR rifle hunters than Iowa does with ALL our NR tags.
Albeit I'd love it if they did since I buy NR in MO every year.
MO - Opportunity to rifle down 2 year olds. This can be done with “relative consistency”. Agree.
If u want OPPORTUNITY to rifle down a 4-5 year with relative consistency- NO WAY!!!!!!
Yep- u can use rifles & lots of folks love it. Bucks chasing does like lunatics & ability to take 400+ yard shots while doing it. But yep- if u want AGE on a deer - not gonna happen. MO has about 5x the amount of habitat IA does as well!
IA- if you want to gun down 2 year olds- JUST LIKE MO- YOU CAN!!!!!! (Residents & when NR draw). BUT..... if u are one of the whackos that wants to shoot a 4-5 year buck- IA is where u have a chance with “relative consistency”. That’s the difference right there. So- which state offers more “opportunity” for a variety of hunters???? For age of bucks - Iowa. For weapons choices- iowa is slightly hindered to about 5 weapons (bow, short wall rifle, ML, crossbow late season, pistol & shotgun). Yep- tags for NR are not handed out like MO (& IA doesn’t have habitat & #’s like MO). But- “opportunity” for quality hunt for any level of hunter desire exists in Iowa where it does not in MO.
It’s interesting to see most my neighbors I’ve ever had- in Iowa- 90% pass 2 year olds. I’ve got a few neighbors that pass 2-4 year olds when in Iowa. Then, the same folks go across border (just so they can get more tags) & will shoot 2-3 year olds they NEVER would shoot in iowa. Why?? “If I don’t shoot those- they never live anyways!” See it all the time.
Last thing- to above. I am just gonna say this “how I see it”. I agree with above. 95% of folks can spend $800 every 4 years (or whatever it is, about $200/year) if it was a priority. Does paying that suck? Sure. Is it doable - for sure!!! In college, I put myself through school. I had mediocre paying internships & waited tables. As a broke college kid, i saved enough to hunt KS, IL & IA when I drew. Somehow paid for gas & cheap motel. Did that all 4 years of college. No help- no high paying job- just worked extra cause it was a priority FOR ME. Not saying others should be of the same mindset but it’s absolutely an expense MOST of us can handle if it’s a priority.