Turkey hunting in Iowa is a popular way to pass time. Especially in our neck of the woods. Back in the 1900’s turkey hunting in Iowa had no rules or regulations and it cost Iowa all their turkeys. It wasn’t until recently that turkey start reappearing in Iowa. Now Iowa has many regulations to follow when hunting on their lands. Iowa is one of the best states to participate in turkey hunting because of their bountiful lands that the turkeys love. We all know that the key to turkey hunting is finding the right spot and luckily Iowa is filled with great hunting spots.
We reached out to turkey hunting fanatic Tim Fobes to get his input on the best turkey hunting areas in our beautiful state. Besides being a turkey hunting fanatic, you can find Tim on his website StumpJumperDesigns.com. There you will find tales of his turkey hunting trips as well as his shop where he sells excellent turkey mounting plaques.
In Northwest hills of Iowa turkey hunting, among deer and pheasant hunting, is quite popular. Loess Hills is one of the areas in Northwest Iowa where you can get guided tours of the land while turkey hunting. Loess Hills is a little bit over 10,000 acres of forest perfect for hunting.
Shimek State Forest
Site – iowadnr.gov
Located in Southeast Iowa Shimek State Forest is one the quieter spots in Iowa for hunting, fishing, camping, and hiking. The entire forest, which is about 9,148 acres, is open for hunting except in the campsites. 8,000 acres of 9,148 is only dense woods making it a great spot for hunting turkey. This is one of Tim’s personal favorites.
Yellow River State Forest
Site – iowaparklands.com
With 8,900 acres of forest all of it is open to public hunting. Yellow River State Forest is located in Allamakee County and is the major hunting ground in northeastern Iowa.
Red Rock Public Hunting Areas
Red Rock Public Hunting Areas stretches over Iowa. It’s over 30,000 acres of public hunting land and is one of the more popular turkey hunting areas in Iowa. Most of Red Rock Public Hunting Areas is marshland.
Brushy Creek Recreation Area
The most popular land for just turkey hunting in Iowa. Brushy Creek Recreation Area is mainly dense timber forest and rivers. This is one of the smaller camping and hunting grounds at 6,500 acres.
Iowa River Corridor
The Iowa River Corridor hunting grounds are one of the larger hunting area in Iowa with 50,000 acres of land. These grounds are full of uplands, bottom lands, and forest. In my opinion if you can’t chose between hunting grounds head to Iowa River Corridor. It’s got plenty of land for you to hunt on and plenty of turkey to hunt.
Iowa has many other hunting grounds not listed here, the ones above just happen to the more popular ones. In total Iowa has 370,000 acres of hunting ground and this available land for hunting can be found all over the state of Iowa. With their abundance of turkey, turkey hunting is the most popular type of hunting in Iowa. If you are looking for the best place to go for a turkey hunting trip consider Iowa. Each hunting ground in Iowa has many camping sites for you to set up in and stay for a weekend hunting trip. If you don’t live in Iowa then make sure to get one of Iowa’s nonresident hunting passes.