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Wendl's Weapons
529 N East St.
Carroll, IA 51401

Hours:
Mon-Tues-Wed-Fri: 9am - 5pm
Thursday: 9am - 7pm
Saturday: 8am - Noon
Sunday: Closed

Prepare for The 2016-2017 Iowa Deer Hunting Season

deer hunting 2016-2017We 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. 

Steps to Getting Ready for Deer Hunting in Iowa

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:

 

  • Talk to Farmers or Property Owners: If you are hunting on someone else's land, you want to show them that you really are grateful - offer to help out around the property or share some venison with them post-hunt. Talking to farmers and landowners can also be a good way to learn about deer activity, regular behavior, and feeding spots.
  • deer hunting prepCheck Over Other Gear: Buy your ammunition ahead of time, sharpen hunting knives, replace damaged gear or guns, and break in new hunting clothes.
  • Clear Paths/Set up Cameras: Clearing away undergrowth and brush to create a path to your stand will save time and hassle during hunting season. This is also a great time to set up cameras to observe and record deer movement to find the best hunting areas.
  • Find Doe Patterns: Because the travel patterns of doe do not change significantly, it is possible to track them early on. This will give you an idea of where to find both the does and the bucks (who tend to hang out with the ladies) later on.
  • Get Yourself in Shape: Spend a little time getting used to walking and standing for long periods of time to reduce fatigue once hunting begins.
  • Collect Some Data: If you have access to the property where you are going to hunt, use your cameras and spend some time tracking - then record that data. Being able to analyze this data later on will make it easier for you to find deer when it comes time to hunt.

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. 

 

Posted: 10/25/2016

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Inventory Updated 07/17/2017

Over 425 New & Pre-owned Guns in Stock! We have a large variety of rifles, shotguns, handguns, scopes, pistols, revolvers, & suppressors. Click here for inventory.

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