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    Awesome buck. Congrats...for me it's hard to archery hunt the late season....usually the "real" cold has me wearing too many clothes to confidently shoot my bow, cant sit still in 0 degree temps...this year I suppose a bit different. Way to stick it out and that's a great buck! Kudos.

    I hunt some public spots in eastern IA that are over a mile or so from nearest access, where I've already decided I'd need to pack one out rather than drag and have the game bags w me....plus it's good practice for hunting out west when it's a necessity.

    Regarding legality in IA...here's the only part of the regs that's ever given me any concern: ". The head, and
    antlers if any, shall remain attached to the deer
    while being transported from the place where
    taken to the processor or commercial preserva-
    tion facility or until the deer has been processed
    for consumption."....I think if you're packing the whole animal out I'd have a hard time seeing the local CO giving you a hard time....the intent is obviously to prevent poaching and taking only the head.

    Like I said, some of the places I hunt, if he's big enough I'm shooting, quartering, and packing and taking my chances.... plus I'm processing myself so when does "processing for consumption" begin?...I guess I'd argue when i start quartering....

    Curious though....have you delivered your quartered deer to a processor?

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    Quote Originally Posted by crock239 View Post
    Awesome buck. Congrats...for me it's hard to archery hunt the late season....usually the "real" cold has me wearing too many clothes to confidently shoot my bow, cant sit still in 0 degree temps...this year I suppose a bit different. Way to stick it out and that's a great buck! Kudos.

    I hunt some public spots in eastern IA that are over a mile or so from nearest access, where I've already decided I'd need to pack one out rather than drag and have the game bags w me....plus it's good practice for hunting out west when it's a necessity.

    Regarding legality in IA...here's the only part of the regs that's ever given me any concern: ". The head, and
    antlers if any, shall remain attached to the deer
    while being transported from the place where
    taken to the processor or commercial preserva-
    tion facility or until the deer has been processed
    for consumption."....I think if you're packing the whole animal out I'd have a hard time seeing the local CO giving you a hard time....the intent is obviously to prevent poaching and taking only the head.

    Like I said, some of the places I hunt, if he's big enough I'm shooting, quartering, and packing and taking my chances.... plus I'm processing myself so when does "processing for consumption" begin?...I guess I'd argue when i start quartering....

    Curious though....have you delivered your quartered deer to a processor?
    I do all my own processing. I do pack mine out when in northeast Iowa. I just take a couple extra minutes and gut it first.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crock239 View Post
    Awesome buck. Congrats...for me it's hard to archery hunt the late season....usually the "real" cold has me wearing too many clothes to confidently shoot my bow, cant sit still in 0 degree temps...this year I suppose a bit different. Way to stick it out and that's a great buck! Kudos.

    I hunt some public spots in eastern IA that are over a mile or so from nearest access, where I've already decided I'd need to pack one out rather than drag and have the game bags w me....plus it's good practice for hunting out west when it's a necessity.

    Regarding legality in IA...here's the only part of the regs that's ever given me any concern: ". The head, and
    antlers if any, shall remain attached to the deer
    while being transported from the place where
    taken to the processor or commercial preserva-
    tion facility or until the deer has been processed
    for consumption."....I think if you're packing the whole animal out I'd have a hard time seeing the local CO giving you a hard time....the intent is obviously to prevent poaching and taking only the head.

    Like I said, some of the places I hunt, if he's big enough I'm shooting, quartering, and packing and taking my chances.... plus I'm processing myself so when does "processing for consumption" begin?...I guess I'd argue when i start quartering....

    Curious though....have you delivered your quartered deer to a processor?
    I stopped at Edgewood locker a few weeks back and they had a sign saying shotgun season deer brought in whole weíre going to be done in February and deer already boned out would be March. I know some places are no longer taking bone in because of cwd and disposal of bones.

    Also a thought on gutless method. I have no idea if itís legal or not but I do know people who do it. Is it possible that the Officer did not understand what the gutless method is? Many of them have probably never hunted west and have never been exposed to it if they are originally from the Midwest.?

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    I suspect that is the explanation.

    They did not know what it entails.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrentD View Post
    I suspect that is the explanation.

    They did not know what it entails.
    The lady at the eastern Iowa sports show had no idea what I was talking about.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crock239 View Post
    Awesome buck. Congrats...for me it's hard to archery hunt the late season....usually the "real" cold has me wearing too many clothes to confidently shoot my bow, cant sit still in 0 degree temps...this year I suppose a bit different. Way to stick it out and that's a great buck! Kudos.

    I hunt some public spots in eastern IA that are over a mile or so from nearest access, where I've already decided I'd need to pack one out rather than drag and have the game bags w me....plus it's good practice for hunting out west when it's a necessity.

    Regarding legality in IA...here's the only part of the regs that's ever given me any concern: ". The head, and
    antlers if any, shall remain attached to the deer
    while being transported from the place where
    taken to the processor or commercial preserva-
    tion facility or until the deer has been processed
    for consumption."....I think if you're packing the whole animal out I'd have a hard time seeing the local CO giving you a hard time....the intent is obviously to prevent poaching and taking only the head.

    Like I said, some of the places I hunt, if he's big enough I'm shooting, quartering, and packing and taking my chances.... plus I'm processing myself so when does "processing for consumption" begin?...I guess I'd argue when i start quartering....

    Curious though....have you delivered your quartered deer to a processor?
    Thanks man!this is the first year I’ve really done much late season hunting. Usually I’m trapping or yote hunting by now, but I’m glad it paid off. I’m familiar with that part of the regs. I was told second hand that quarrying and packing out, specifically de boning, was processing for consumption. I think the person even had that in a text from their CO. In the many internet discussions I’ve seen on this topic the general consensus is that it is legal, but he prepared to take your officer to the site of the kill if requested. I process all my own meat so haven’t ever taken one to a locker regardless of the condition.

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    Quote Originally Posted by duckhunt View Post
    Just a little information for you. I talked to a few different dnr officers and was told the gutless method is illegal in Iowa. If you butcher a deer in the field you have to gut it to get the inner loins out.
    Where the Game Wardens lack of knowledge is if you do the gutless method and take the loins out there is no wanton waste of game. Wanton Waste of Game is Illegal in Iowa.
    I would suggest you get ahold of the DNR in Des Moines and get Director Chuck Gipp to get a directive out to the Game Wardens that this is a legal method of recovery.
    Yes it takes time and several Phone Calls but it does pay off in the end. How do I know I worked with my State Legislature for three years to get a law on the books for Conservation in Iowa.
    I also was responsible for getting Iowa Hunting Atlas on mobile devices to show the correct State line. Google Maps has the State line down the middle of the Missouri River. and this is incorrect as the river was straighten and shortened 18 miles. It is correct on the Iowa Hunting Atlas now. Why did I do this because even the Game Wardens did not know where the State Line was in some places.
    It took a second year to do the Mississippi River also as Google was incorrect, they had the State line where the buoy's are where the main channel is for barge traffic. This was not the State Line when the States were formed.
    Why does this matter I Duck hunt both rivers and Illinois and Wisconsin, both do not have a agreement with Iowa for joint use. So you have to hunt in the State you have a license for.
    Nebraska does have a joint use so as a Resident of Iowa I can hunt both sides of the river but NonResidents do not have this and have to be licensed in the State they are hunting. ( My Brother form WA )
    It is easy to complain about something but It takes time to make changes. I think you can handle this. Nice Deer and Good Hunting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bcar View Post
    Thanks everybody. I’m in central Ia. I’m not sure what to think about the shed situation yet, I’ve been hearing of lots of people finding sheds and seeing/shooting shed bucks. It does seem like more than usual. I’m not sure if the cold November is responsible or not.
    It's Gore's "Global Warming" that's to blame....or it's Trump's fault. Nice buck there, good work.

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    The Iowa DNR had a deer hunting Facebook live Q and A session right before the shotgun seasons this year. It was asked whether quartering in the field and packing was legal. Their answer was yes, but you must tag and telecheck the deer at the kill site and retain "all meat that is normally consumed." A pretty ambiguous answer in terms of what meat should be salvaged, but the short answer was yes it can be done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by madtom View Post
    The Iowa DNR had a deer hunting Facebook live Q and A session right before the shotgun seasons this year. It was asked whether quartering in the field and packing was legal. Their answer was yes, but you must tag and telecheck the deer at the kill site and retain "all meat that is normally consumed." A pretty ambiguous answer in terms of what meat should be salvaged, but the short answer was yes it can be done.
    Yearh I've heard that one too. Missed the memo on the live Q&A, but I don't shotgun hunt so I'm not too worried about it. Any insight to the rationale behind telechecking it at the kill site? Like 1100Remington said, it would be nice if the DNR put some more info out on the matter so hunters could get consistent answers from county to county. In regards to the meat, it seems like a lot laws are left vague to give officers a chance to ticket people that are most likely committing more serious crimes that can't be proven. Maybe I'm way off though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bcar View Post
    In regards to the meat, it seems like a lot laws are left vague to give officers a chance to ticket people that are most likely committing more serious crimes that can't be proven. Maybe I'm way off though.
    I sense you might be right about that, but who knows.

    As far as the reason for telechecking on site, they didn’t give any reason and I can’t even speculate why it would be different than telechecking a deer with body intact.

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    Nice buck , I got this one archery season and tag soup for gun season !

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    Quote Originally Posted by isu22andy View Post
    Nice buck , I got this one archery season and tag soup for gun season !

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    Awesome! Are you still in school or in the area? I just graduated a couple years ago.

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    I have heard of game wardens interpreting some game laws differently because they are so vague. You can email the DNR office and ask the question and print the response. I imagine it would be hard to issue the ticket if you have a written answer stating otherwise.

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    I was wondering if anyone would challenge you for processing in the field and packing out. Not the first time I've heard it was illegal. Not surprised some DNR officers say it is. My plan was to telecheck and have confirmation number before breaking the animal down. Glad to see someone else chimed in about that. Regs say nothing about processing location.

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    Yeah I’ve been in on several discussions about packing out this yeah, so I was confident I was acting within the law. It definitely turned into quite the discussion on here though with some good points and info by several members.

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    Yeah Iíve been in on several discussions about packing out this yeah, so I was confident I was acting within the law. It definitely turned into quite the discussion on here though with some good points and info by several members.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bcar View Post
    Awesome! Are you still in school or in the area? I just graduated a couple years ago.
    I went to Iowa state , graduated in 2014 back home in the area I grew up in in Western Iowa !

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    Good info!

    I live in the Upper Midwest and won’t drag anything that is laying more than a 1/2 mile from the road and at that, there better be snow. I don’t care if it’s 5/8ths of a mile across a field. I truly dislike dragging that much. Most of the time I’m over a mile in from dawn to dusk anyways. I’ve cut deer in half with their hide on, cut the legs off at the knees and packed them out in half. In 2009, we were on a canoe trip and hung one cut in half for four days along a river and picked it up on the way out. We had to pack it to the river, so we cut it in half. We were 10 river miles from the nearest two track or hiking trail and camped in there for seven days.

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    Congrats - no doubt the late season archery takes some perseverance.

    I live in Missouri and my sons and I have exclusively done the gutless method the past 2 years. I was explaining it to a game warden friend of mine here and he had never heard of it. His comments were "that would be a great idea and would help slow the spread of CWD". I'm not doing it to slow CWD, there's a lot of history on it out west as well, but we seem to want to try the same things they did and expect different results. Anyway - congrats again on the buck.

    -Mitch

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    Congrats on the buck. I’ve been checked by an officer when I had cut both hind quarters off, packed them out, and then went back for the rest. That officer was happy to see that I had broke that animal down (or in half) in an effort to get him out since it was earlier in the year.

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    shooting them from the ground is pretty slick! we took out a couple that way this year. late season was more bow friendly than the entire month of November this year

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