Iowa Pheasant Hunt: October 29th – 31st
KLM GNA will be conducting an Iowa Pheasant Hunt in the Spirit Lake / Lake Okoboji area of Iowa. The hunt will be in group(s) on public land. These areas are very large (several hundred to several thousand acres) accommodating larger groups. There will also be opportunities if you wish to break off and explore on your own. Several of my friends who are devout Pheasant hunters and new KlM members will be joining us with pre-scouted targeted areas. The hunting conditions are primarily large high density native (Buffalo) grass fields and cat tail depressions.
Recommended to bring:
- Non tox shells #4 steel / #4 or 5 Bismuth /#6 Tungsten (these are wild birds – they do not go down easily)
- A good pair of hunting boots are highly recommended – plan on walking 4-6 miles daily
- Hunter Orange
- Eye wash for the dog’s eyes
- Ointment for the dog’s nose – the grasses will cause chapping
- Dog skid plate jackets
- A second good pair of hunting boots is highly recommended if conditions get wet.
- Clothing to accommodate the weather conditions.
- Camp Chair
We plan on getting in on Friday October 28th maybe go out as a group for dinner. We’ll coordinate opening day, Saturday October 29th – the group will leave for the public land fields early ~ 4:00 am. Hunting begins at 8:00 and finishes at 4:30. Bringing coffee and your breakfast out to our hunting location is recommended. If the weather permits, we’ll stop for lunch in the field, which is a coordinated potluck of lunch meats, condiments, water & pop and chips. The same “grandfathered” clause for peanut & butter sandwiches for lunch this time is valid in Iowa too.
Right now, we are just suggesting you do a couple of things:
- Hunting License information – if you were born after January 1, 1972, then you will be required to produce a copy of your Hunter’s Education Certificate. A copy of your state’s hunting license will not be accepted – Iowa requires a Hunter’s Education Certificate. If it is required and you cannot find it, please contact your state for a copy sooner than later. It takes Iowa about a week to get you into their system if you opt to purchase online after receiving a copy of your Hunting Education Certificate.
Go online and purchase your Hunter’s License – please see link below:
If you are a non-resident hunter there are two options, a season Non-Resident License and Habitat for $144.00 or a 5-day Non-Resident License and Habitat for $92.00.
You may also want to consider a Migratory Game Bird Fee – we have had opportunities to jump shoot local ducks in the past. Please note, you also will need a Federal Duck Stamp too if you opt in.
Expect to be stopped by an Iowa Game Warden on opening weekend. In the past we have had great interaction with these officers, once they have checked our paperwork…they have even given us recommendations on areas where we may want to hunt.
- Make a reservation for your own lodging. Below are just some accommodations in the area. There are others too, this is a summer vacation area because of the lakes, so feel free to explore other locations.
Ramada by Wyndham Spirit Lake/Okoboji
2704 17th St, Spirit Lake, IA 51360 (712) 336-3984
AmericInn by Wyndham Okoboji
1005 Brooks Park Dr, Okoboji, IA 51355 (712) 332-9000
Arrowwood Resort & Conference Center
1405 US-71, Okoboji, IA 51355 (712) 332-2161
For any questions, suggestions or to let me know you’re attending, please contact me at: