Swamp Hunting Des Moines IA

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Saylorville Lake
(515) 276-4656
5600 NW 78th Ave
Johnston, IA
Other Activties
Biking; Boating; Camping; Fishing; Hiking; Horseback Riding; Hunting; Interpretive Programs; Picnicking; Recreational Vehicles; Visitor Center; Water Sports; Wildlife Viewing; Winter Sports

Cherry Glen Campground
515-276-4656x6507
5600 NW 78TH AVE
Johnston, IA
Other Activties
Biking; Boating; Camping; Fishing; Hiking; Hunting

Prairie Flower Recreation Area
515-276-4656x6507
5600 NW 78TH AVE
Johnston, IA
Other Activties
Boating; Camping; Fishing; Hiking; Hunting

Des Moines Menace Soccer
6400 Westown Parkway West
Des Moines, IA
 
Bass Pro Sports
(515) 957-5500
1000 Bass Pro Drive NW
Altoona, IA
Hours
Mon-Sat 9:00am - 10:00pmSun 10:00am - 7:00pm

Bob Shetler Recreation Area
515-276-4656x6507
5600 NW 78TH AVE
Johnston, IA
Other Activties
Boating; Camping; Fishing; Hiking; Hunting

Acorn Valley
515-276-4656x6507
5600 NW 78TH AVE
Johnston, IA
Other Activties
Boating; Camping; Fishing; Hiking; Hunting

Bulldog Soccer Academy
2507 University Avenue
Des Moines, IA
 
Sports Authority
(515) 226-9700
Water Tower Place, 4100 University Avenue
West Des Moines, IA
Services
Golf Day Shop, Golf Hitting Cage, Golf Trade-In Program, Hunting and Fishing Licenses, Delivery & Assembly
Hours
Monday - Saturday: 9:00am - 9:30pm
Sunday: 10:00am - 8:00pm
Holiday hours may vary.

Canoesport Outfitters
(515) 961-6117
203 West Salem Avenue
Indianola, IA
 

Hunt the "Island in the Stream"

In the south, as in many other parts of the country, we have vast swamps that are often a maze of runs, sloughs, dead end back waters and at times, row after row of areas that are flowing water, higher ground and then flowing water again.

I hunt two of these… the Salkehatchie and the Coosawhatchie river systems.

The former system is, in some portions of the river, over a mile wide and while the latter one is less massive, what it lacks in width, it makes for with huge oxbows and twists / turns of the main run.

Both of these systems have their own unique characteristics (and charm!) but they also have two other things in common:

·      They are both filled with deer.

·      They both have islands – isolated patches of higher ground that are surrounded by acres and acres of flooded ground.

The deer love the swamp… it is a great area for travel, it has water, green browse, there are usually loads of hard mast, there are generally dense thickets along each side of the swamp and they feel very comfortable in these areas.

I profess a great love for these swamps and hunt these areas whenever I feel that I can get on some deer – either traveling or feeding…and sometimes… as a refuge area…

In these vast expanses, when you locate one of these islands, there is dry ground for bedding, green browse, all the water they want and often – thick areas for cover.

They are generally less concerned, I think, with the dense cover – because they are fairly relaxed down in these swamps anyway.

In many instances, you can spot these areas from a distance due to the green growth that accumulates on the higher ground… something the sodden and often flooded adjacent areas can not provide.

Locate one of these areas, and you have done two things… identified a potential hiding and bedding area for the deer and also found yourself a potential great area to set up a stand, be it a climber, fixed or even a ground level blind.

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