Hawkeye Whitetails

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Hawkeye Whitetails



Rated 0 out of 5.0 based on 5 Outfitter reviews.

Contact: Shawn Woods

Location: Humeston, Iowa

Species Hunted: Whitetail Deer, Turkey

State(s) Hunted: IA

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outfitter review submitted by: Mark C. Spear on Jan 20 2007

Species Hunted: Whitetail Deer

Game Quality: Excellent

Accommodation Quality: Adequate

Camp Condition: Good

Food Quality: Excellent

Guide Experience: Excellent

Other Personal Experience: Excellent

Overall Impression: Very impressed

Recommend: Definitly

Reviewer Comments: Iowa deer hunting offers a whole new experience for the eastern whitetail enthusiast.The number of larger bucks you see in just a short week's time is unbelivable. Obviously, buck to doe ratios are near where they should be. Iowa farms and terrain are similar to ours back in northern West Virginia and Western Pennsylvania, just more level and a whole lot bigger. If you're looking for a friendly, family-type, no bull, relaxed hunting atmosphere, Shawn and Buck Woods, and everyone else at Hawkeye Whitetails strive, and come through with providing that. I would recommend them 100%, and I can't wait to go back to Iowa, visit with friends and great deer hunting, plus I can shop for antique tractors!


outfitter review submitted by: SCOTT BONHOLTZER on Jan 19 2007

Species Hunted: DEER

Game Quality: GOOD

Accommodation Quality: VERY GOOD

Camp Condition: VERY GOOD

Food Quality: VERY GOOD

Guide Experience: VERY GOOD

Other Personal Experience: VERY GOOD

Overall Impression: EXCELLENT

Recommend: YES

Reviewer Comments: THE WEEK I HUNTED 11 HUNTERS KILLED 10 BUCKS. SIX OF THOSE TAKEN SCORED OVER 140 B&C POINTS.


outfitter review submitted by: John Klinzing on Jan 19 2007

Species Hunted: Whitetail Deer

Game Quality: Excellent

Accommodation Quality: Fair

Camp Condition: Not Applicable

Food Quality: Good

Guide Experience: Excellent

Other Personal Experience: Very Good

Overall Impression: Very Good

Recommend: Yes

Reviewer Comments: Shawn Woods at Hawkeye Whitetails is committed to having you kill a quality whitetail deer. His farms and leases are managed for above average whitetails with trophy potential present. In my last muzzleloader hunt I had on Shawn's properties the opportunity to kill a whitetail was 100%. I passed several deer in the 130 and low 140 classes with a miss at a 150 class whitetail. A prior hunt yielded a sighting of a 170+ class animal. Overall, hunting is above average with a commitment to quality whitetail management.


outfitter review submitted by: Brian Winot on Jan 12 2007

Species Hunted: Whitetail

Game Quality: Excellent

Accommodation Quality: Fair

Camp Condition: n/a really

Food Quality: Excellent

Guide Experience: Excellent

Other Personal Experience: n/a

Overall Impression: Good

Recommend: Read Below

Reviewer Comments: 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.


outfitter review submitted by: Jerry Heidel on Jan 27 2003

Species Hunted: Whitetail

Game Quality: 140" Gross

Accommodation Quality: Good

Camp Condition: Fair to good

Food Quality: Very Good

Guide Experience: Very Good

Other Personal Experience: Very Good

Overall Impression: Very Good

Recommend: Very Much So

Reviewer Comments: Shawn was a very good host. Dave cooked for us every morning at 4:30 A.M. and was a great host too. They would be as much hands on or off as you needed. They would start you off in a good spot and you could go from there. He did his best to see that you would at least see a shooter buck. I killed the second day of my hunt (offical score 142 3/8" gross 132 2/8" net). Shawn took me out every morning for the last three days of my hunt to try to show me a booner chasing does, while the other hunter I was with was hunting. We did see one that we thought would make boone and crockett the last morning. I will be back to hunt with them again.

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