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  • IA at heart
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    Well, I waited as long as I could. Today is the last day to apply for a NR Iowa deer tag. I bit the bullet, as hard as it was this year, and went ahead and applied for the late Muzzy season. Total on the credit card this morning for a chance to chase the elusive white tail on my own land in Iowa, $580.68.

    Just a a couple of years ago, probably 3 years, I could not believe I was shelling out $323 to hunt deer in Iowa. Now it is just under $600. You guys who live there in that great state should consider yourself fortunate! I have heard many of you on this site talk about hunting becoming a rich mans sport. I never really took it too seriously till this morning when I realized what I would likely have to do without to be able to spend almost $600 to go deer hunting. I think you maybe right about where the sport is heading. Probably one more price increase and I will be priced out from hunting my own ground 🙁

    Now, lets just hope I draw a tag in the DNR’s lottery this summer 😀

    zman
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    $600 would buy alot of beef 😀

    yeah thats a little higher than the $20 i pay for a shotgun tag

    waterfowler4
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    Congrats B) Hope have some prime deer land 😉 I haven’t deer hunted for about 15 years now

    shaley
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    I pay less than that for an Elk tag out west, thats crazy.

    vanderwell07
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    thats crazy. i think i already pay am arm and leg just to duck hunt. like 60 bucks. your 600 bucks would pay for all the gas and food and hunting supplies that i go through during duck season… :mrgreen:

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    I haven’t hunted deer since I moved to St. Louis for graduate school six years ago. I can’t justify the cost. I have tried to get non-resident holiday antlerless tags, which at $50 are reasonable, but they are usually all sold out. It will be harder this year to justify the cost of small game tag with the increase, but I will buy it any way as it is worth it to hunt with my dad a few times a year.

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    I agree the NR prices have gotten rediculous. I was born and grew up in Iowa. I moved across the river to Nebraska after college because that was where I got a job and have been there ever since, which was 12 years ago. I agree out of staters should pay more than residents but almost $600 to shoot a deer??? Come on. I have shelled out non resident money to fish, pheasant hunt, deer hunt, and turkey hunt every year in the state of Iowa which to me will always be home. Why not up the price a couple dollars for resident tags since there are thousands of them. That would generate some more money and I doubt residents would complain much about a few dollar increase. Maybe then the NON RES tags wouldn’t have to be jacked up to near $600. Guess I just need to move 20 miles east back across the river because ain’t no way Im giving up my Iowa hunting.

    TeamAsgrow
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    It is expensive but every year they sell all of the tags so they can jack it up all they want if people are still willing to buy them and hunt in this state. perk of being a resident i guess

    jardan
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    Can you break down the price. The way I have read it that it went up to 110 dollars for a tag and 50 dollars for a preference point. Of course you will have to get a NR hunting license and such.
    I am probably missing something though.

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    I have enough trouble finding spots to hunt with the current amount of non residents!! I dont feel bad for you at all, I mean I live here and still we pay 1300.00 a year to lease some ground to hunt deer. Imagine if tags for non res were 300 youd have alot more people to compete with. I pay my third of a lease at 400.00 my tags and liscenses around 200.00 not including other stuff,, so id say thats about right. If you own land here then become a resident. Sorry but thats how I feel. Seriously I have knocked on prbobably thirty farmers doors in the last two years and not one would allow me to bowhunt, because its all spoken for. So I too now pay to hunt.

    Mr.Seaguar
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    I can think of worse things to spend $600 dollars on. Hearses dont have hitchballs.

    bowtech777
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    ya know there are worse habbits out there try people addicted to gambling i know a guy i work with drops easy 4 dollars a week on gambling from casino to horses to ball games ya he has won some but he has also lost his ass a few times… if i was to figure up how much it cost me to hunt every year my ole lady would kill me i hunt just about everything and fish so ya know pick and chose what you want to spend your own money on…

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    Thanks for your support……. 😈 😆

    iowabuckhunter
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    wyoming non-resident deer tag for 2009 is $552,elk tag is $1057 and I am bumb enough to pay it and also have spent $50 a year for 3 years for a preference point for elk and have not drawn. So i figure Iowa must be a bargin forthe big deer we have.

    IA at heart
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    I know there are worse things I could spend my money on for sure, that is why I shell it out every year. I would much rather spend the money and then spend some quality time in the woods, scouting year round, checking trail cams, managing the land, etc, etc. than spend the same amount in about 15 minutes in a casino or something like that.

    And someone wrote they will still sell every tag they have for NR, right again. As long as people are willing to pay it, they will probably keep raising it till they get to that magic point. Oh well, what are you gonna do. Someone else said, tough, move here if you dont like it. You are right too. Look at my screen name, I would if I could! And, I probably will eventually.

    Lastly, somebody asked about a breakdown of the cost. Dont quote me exactly as I did not print the receipt, didn’t want the wife to see it just yet. But it went something like this, using round numbers:

    NR Hunting License $111
    NR Habitat Fee $12
    NR Deer Tag $425 (including the required antlerless only tag)
    TIP Contribution $2
    Convenience Fee $23

    Having a reason to spend a ton of time year round out doors in Iowa $Priceless 😀

    popeandbooner
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    So really youre getting a chance at a true Iowa monster for 300.00 and some change because you get the antlerless also. So whats the huge deal? You get two big ole deer for the freezer and a chance to hang a monster on the wall. If thats not worth 500 some dollars then you must not enjoy it as much as I do! By the way you said youre a non res who owns land in Iowa so whats youre point about me leasing land? I cant find anywhere to hunt anymore because everyone has it leased or wont allow new hunters in my area anyway. I have to drive forty five minutes to my leased ground also so its not that convenient. Iowa is becoming too crowded, places that Ive hunted in the past are overrun with people and theyre a waste of time if youre looking for a good buck. I used to hunt a place that had forty acres and only about ten was timber, last year I went in to try it again and there were 12 stands on ten acres of timber!!!! LOL What a waste of time, you never know whose going to be where and or when theyll show up and it seems noone wants to be respectful of anyone else anymore!!! Thats when I said I needed to either buy or lease and I cannot afford to buy when people think timber is worth 4000.00 and acre. Who says Ill lease that ground next year anyway? So thats better than me owning it and taking everyones chances to hunt it until I die! Maybe Ill lease somewhere else and someone can hunt where I did last year.

    IA at heart
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    By the way, popeandbooner, you are resident and you lease land in Iowa? I always thought it was the NR who leased up all the land in Iowa, at least that what I was always told? Sorry, just being a bit facetious but it is good for the guys on this site to know that it is not just NR leasing up all the prime land in Iowa.

    IA at heart
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    Right again, it is worth the money to me personally, that is why I do it every darn year 😀

    popeandbooner
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    Bottom line it aint worth arguin about. Im sorry you have to pay that much! I pay just as much because I love to hunt and will pay whatever I have to to enjoy sitting in my tree stand and getting a chance at a buck. You cant beat it and Ive found nothing that money can buy that even compares to gettin in a tree before dark when its 35 degrees and watchin the sun come up. Hey good luck this year and dont give up.

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    Almost $600 to kill a deer is crazy! Its $225 over the counter to kill a buck in MO with a rifle during the rut. Additional antlerless tags can be purchased over the counter for $25 and both of those prices went up this year. If a was going to go deer hunt somewhere it wouldn’t be here!

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