We are nearing the end of the early muzzleloader season (October 15-23) and are still several weeks away from the beginning of the Iowa 2016-2017 deer hunting season - shotgun seasons start December 3 and muzzleloader starts December 19. However, there are still a lot of things that can be done to keep Iowa hunters busy, Preparing for the deer hunting season beforehand, while the weather is still relatively warm, is essential for serious large game hunters.
First of all, you will want to make sure that you have the right gun for the job. Shotguns are a good choice for hunting in the woods - they tend to be cheaper to shoot and provide a quicker shot. However, for wide open pastures, fields, or clearings, rifles are the better choice - they shoot slower, but are more accurate and have a longer range. We have a wide selection of different shotguns and rifles that will help you take down a deer of any size. See this link for information on legal methods of deer hunting in Iowa and be sure to read the regulations here.
Once you have chosen your gun/s and have practiced with them, getting to know the feel of the firearms, it is time to outfit the gun for hunting. Sight in your rifle early on and spend some time tuning it to ensure that you are ready when deer hunting season rolls around.
Many hunters do not take advantage of the months leading up to hunting season. They may feel that once their gun is ready, so are they. However, there are still several steps that you can take to prepare for hunting season before it comes:
These are just a few ways that you can ready yourself for the upcoming hunting season. Be sure to contact us here at Wendl's Weapons for gun cleaning, gun-smithing, scope mounting, and a range of used and new rifles, shotguns, pistols, and more.