Persistence Leads to Sweet Redemption for Heartland Bowhunter

Guest post by Michael Hunsucker, host of Heartland Bowhunter.

This past summer I received an email from the Iowa DNR informing me that I had been selected for an Iowa Governor’s tag. After drawing a Zone 3 tag last year and having a very tough hunt, I was excited to get a second chance at an Iowa whitetail.

Whitetail Properties’ Jason Smith and Chad Freeberg were kind enough to invite Shawn and I back up for an attempt at a little redemption. Lucky for us, they had just listed one of the most sought-after properties in Western Iowa and we were getting to hunt it. After almost a full week of scouting, hunting, hanging stands, moving stands, close calls, ups and downs – we had pretty much had it. On the last morning of the hunt we had a nice coyote stroll by and I didn’t hesitate to release a little frustration. Little did I know we would have a stud of an Iowa buck come cruising by a mere 30 minutes after shooting the coyote! The rest is history! I cannot thank everyone enough for all the help…this was a total group effort. Shawn, Jason, Chad, Scott, Troy, and especially Doc, for allowing us to hunt this property.

Heading out to the property

Canvassing the area

Trail cam pics? Oh yes!!

Waiting for the action

The boys on the hunt - Michael on the left - Whitetail Properties' Jason and Chad on Right

Michael with his buck