Iowa is considered by many to be one of the premier white-tailed deer hunting destinations in the United States. Dreams come true in the Hawkeye State every year as hunters consistently harvest mature, corn fed bucks that reach well over 200″. Getting a tag, however, is easier said than done. Now you can guarantee your tag and promote state and local conservation efforts through the Iowa Scholastic Clay Target Program Non-Resident Deer Tag Auction, in partnership with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (IDNR).
This auction is for One Iowa Special Non-Resident Deer Tag, good Statewide for Archery, Gun season one, Gun season two, or the Late Muzzleloader season during either 2017 or 2018 Iowa deer season (hunter’s choice). The deer tag includes 1 ‘any sex’ deer and 1 ‘antlerless’ deer. For seasons and hunting information, go to: http://www.iowadnr.gov/
The auction for this tag begins on Sunday, July 9th at 9:00AM and ends on Sunday, July 23 at 9:00AM. View the online auction and place your bids at Gunbroker.com.
The winner of the auction receives a tag that includes 1 any-sex deer and 1 antlerless deer. This non-resident deer tag is good statewide; however, Landowner Permission is required before hunting on private land.
The tag may be used either in the coming 2017-2018 season, or next year in the 2018-2019 season. The hunter must declare which year and one of the following standard seasons at the close of the auction and no later than September 25th, 2017. 2017-2018 season dates can be found at http://www.iowadnr.gov/Hunting/DeerHunting.aspx . 2018-2019 dates have not been confirmed at this time but will be similar to 2017-2018 dates.
The Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation (SSSF) is 501(c)(3) public charity responsible for all aspects of the Scholastic Clay Target Program in Iowa and across the United States. SCTP is a youth development program in which adult coaches and other volunteers use shooting sports to teach and to demonstrate sportsmanship, responsibility, honesty, ethics, integrity, teamwork, and other positive life skills. For more information go to www.sssfonline.org
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is also Iowa’s leading state conservation agency who works hand-in-hand with the Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation and the Iowa Scholastic Clay Target Program to promote youth shooting sports and wildlife conservation across the state. Their programs enhance all of Iowa’s conservation and outdoor recreation opportunities. You can learn more at:http://www.iowadnr.gov/
Photo credit Jeff Barnes, Iowa DNR