Best places to hunt

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The Best Places to Hunt in & Around Des Moines County Are:

For Small Game & Turkey:

Big Hollow

With over 800 acres, Big Hollow still offers great hunting opportunities.

Hickory Bend

It's a bit of a walk to get to but that helps relieve some of the hunting pressure. Not only is this property good for turkey and small game, it offers great deer hunting as well.

Augusta Wildlife Area

Managed by Iowa DNR Located close to Welter Recreation Area (which also offers public hunting), the Augusta Wildlife Management Area offers a mix of timber and open fields immediately adjacent to the Iowa Army Ammunition Plant.

For Pheasants & Upland Game:

Wapello Bottoms

Managed by Iowa DNR. To the north in adjacent Louisa County is some of the best public upland game hunting areas in the region. The DNR offers multiple large-acreage areas near Wapello, IA.

Huron Flats

Managed by Iowa DNR. At the far northeast end of the county, this property offers the best pheasant hunting in Des Moines County.

For Deer:

Hickory Bend 

It's a bit of a walk to get to but that helps relieve some of the hunting pressure. The mature oak and hickory trees on this area really attract the deer..

Big Hollow

Augusta Wildlife Area

There are many more places to check out in Des Moines County. Check out all of Des Moines County Conservation's Recreation Areas.

To find all of the public hunting areas in Iowa, check out the Iowa DNR's Online Hunting Atlas.