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Iowa's Record Book Bucks

White-tailed BuckLike other states in the midwest Iowa produces some outstanding white-tailed deer. Abundant food and mild winter weather make it possible for Iowa's whitetails to become large in body weight and, if allowed to grow to maturity, often possess impressive antlers.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources maintains a record book of the largest antlered deer harvested in the state with firearms and archery equipment. The counties with the highest number of deer recorded in the record book are those counties with the largest amount of deer habitat, but good deer are taken in any part of the state where good habitat exists.

List of Iowa Trophy Deer, Last Updated: February 2014
Bucks Recorded in the Iowa Big Game Records between 1953 and 1998

Deer hunters who successfully bag a deer in Iowa with trophy-sized antlers are encouraged to enter the rack in Iowa's big game registry. Award certificates will be issued by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to eligible entries that meet minimum standards.

In order to qualify for an award, the rack must be measured by an official measurer for the Boone and Crockett or Pope and Young Clubs, or by a wildlife biologist, conservation officer or other individual certified by the DNR to measure for the Iowa program. There is no charge for measuring or submitting entries for the Iowa record book. Because of shrinkage in varying degrees, the rack must be air dried for at least 60 days following the date of kill before it can be officially measured. There is no time limit concerning how long ago the deer was killed for measurement purposes or for entry into the Iowa records.

Official State and National Measurers

The scoring system used for Iowa records is identical to that used by the Boone and Crockett and Pope and Young Clubs, but the minimum qualifying scores differ from these national clubs. Iowa award certificates will be presented in ten classes. The classes with minimum scores for each are as follows:

 
Typical
Non-Typical
Shotgun Kill
150
170
Muzzleloader Kill
150
170
Archery Kill
135
155
Handgun Kill
150
170
Crossbow Kill
135
155

Deer taken under a kill permit for depredation purposes will not qualify for this program.

Deer hunters who want to have their trophy rack officially measured should call one of the official Iowa measurers to set up an appointment to have the rack measured. If the rack meets the minimum scores listed above the measurement form should be sent to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, ATTN: Deer Records, Wallace State Office Building, Des Moines, IA 50319-0034.


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