Who's ready? I know I am! A lot of changes have taken place since last year. The biggest. . I quit working on the ocean for the first time in 10 years. As of May 1, I am permanently based in Iowa. On that note, I also moved further West. Im just across the river from Omaha in Council Bluffs. On THAT note, I am not hunting my same farm that I hunted last year. It is now a 1 1/2 hr drive one way, so I subleased it out to a couple guys who are closer. Ive still spent some time out there fishing, etc. I am the only one with my name on the lease, but I told them I wouldn't go out there this year since they sub-leased it from me. Where to start as far as hunting. . . . Well, The Iowa statewide Archery season opens October 1. I went this afternoon to qualify for an urban hunt in town here. That opens September 16. Currently working on permission for areas in the city to shoot some does. I can buy 5 tags at a time. In early/Mid October, the people who have shot 4 or more does go into a hat for 10 buck tags. Last year they gave out 5 buck tags. My goal is to shoot 10+ deer this season. That is mixed between urban and statewide. After last season, not shooting a buck, but still ending up with 5 does, Im upping the game. While out scouting some public land a couple weeks ago, I found a good area, but it was on the border of Private land. I got their address, and went to ask for permission. They told me if I came out and shot all the coyotes I could, I would be guaranteed to be the only one to hunt their land. I showed up last night, and in an hour had a yote on the ground. Went back this morning and put 2 more down. Called in a bobcat to 40 yards, but season for them is not open until November. The land owner was so dang excited, that he has been talking to his neighbors, and gotten me permission on more property. I have yet to see that property, but next weekend Im going to check it out. There are 3 bucks that have been coming down to their pasture every night, and licking on their salt block they have for their donkeys and horses. I have 1 cam out, but Im going to put one over that salt lick near their house this weekend and see what deer they have been seeing. He said one was a "big one", but he's not a hunter, so I don't know what his definition of big is. This year will be a little bit different from previous years, as Im not going to be taking an extended amount of time off. Im still working on acquiring as much private land as possible, but I have also found some gems on public land. My goal this year is to not pay for access to hunting property, and see how it goes. If I take a buck on public, I probably wont stick to the 5.5 year old minimum that I had last year on that big farm. I am also planning on a weekend hunt on a public piece that I have been researching in Nebraska mid November, and I bought an 8ft bass baby boat that I am in the middle of building a duck blind for. Its going to be a mixed bag of a thread this year, but should be fun! 27 days and counting until the urban hunt starts. Ill be in a tree on September 16!