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Outfitter Review - Hawkeye Whitetails

Submit Date: Jan 12, 2007

Outfitter Information

Outfitter Name: Hawkeye Whitetails

Outfitter / Contact: Shawn/Buck Woods

Location: Iowa, USA

Hunt Information

Animals Hunted: Whitetail

Game Quality: Excellent

Game Quantity: Excellent

Accomodations: Fair

Camp Condition: n/a really

Food Quality: Excellent

Guide Experience: Excellent

Other Personal Experience: n/a

Review Information

Hunter: Brian Winot

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Email:

Would Recommend: Read Below

Overall Impression: Good

The simple answer to a recommendation for this outfitter is yes, however, you must be up for the type of hunting that will be required if the weather does not cooperate. Shawn warned us for 2 years prior to our late muzzleloader hunt that if the weather was not frigid cold that we would have to drive the deer. Well for the 3rd year in a row Iowa's winter is coming late and it was in the 40's during our hunt which kept the deer out of site even during the twilight hours. Iowa deer are hunted very hard and are EXTREMELY spooky thus if the weather is warm they have no problem going completely nocturnal. Deer drives are not for everyone and especially with a bunch of strangers. We saw tons of deer and some very good bucks, out of 14 guys hunting we killed 11 or 12, the biggest being a 163". Shawn, Buck, Rowdy, and Ray made accomodations for older hunters or hunters who could not stand to do all the walking required, they kept the drives as organized as possible and as safe as possible. there is always risk in hunting and driving increases that risk. Trying to hunt trophy class deer that way is tough, you must be a quick judge and even quicker trigger!! If driving deer is not your cup of tea I would not recommend Iowa, however, if you do decide to try Iowa and can think of no better outfitter to call than Hawkeye Whitetails. We have booked again for next year and will continue to hunt with these fine folks as long as they will have us. I take 4 - 5 guided deer hunts each season and have seen the best and the worst of outfitters, I can tell you that these guys are genuine, personable, and will go out of their way to make everyone in camps hunt enjoyable, comfortable, and with a little luck, successful.

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