This year, Mason plans to add several more food plots and a wilderness cabin where hunters can stay. He says four years of studying the deer has proven valuable, and he expects this coming season to be even more successful than last season. You may recall from our previous story that this little property features a number of reclaimed limestone quarries, several hundred acres of planted corn and alfalfa, a 25-acre lake, and lots of thick woods and open pastures. It went unhunted for many years before coming under intense management.
Mason is charging $1,000 for a bow hunt in October; $2,000 for November. Gun hunts are $2,250 and run December to early January. All hunts are five-day affairs and do not include lodging or meals. Gun hunts are with shotguns, muzzleloaders or handguns. Interested hunters must apply for a license in Zone One. The state issues a total of 6,000 nonresident licenses a year. In 2005, 12,231 nonresidents applied. Call Iowa DNR (515-281-5918) for applications; or apply online at www.iowadnr.com). The application period is May 6 through June........(continued)