Reason Iowa has so many monster bucks... To those who don't think that Iowa has giant bucks because of a shorter post-rut hunt can read what their Head Whitetail Management Biologist, Willie Suchy, wrote for Bluffland Whitetails Association's July 2006 BWA Whitetail News issue. The article is entitled "Deer management: Iowa's regulations and producing quality deer" " I believe the timing of the firearms's season results in more quality deer than if our season was held during the rut. Why? Because in Iowa over 65 percent of the antlered bucks killed each year are taken after the rut. Mature deer that are harvested during the firearms season have had the chance to pass on their genetics. Additionally, mature bucks are undoubtedly less vulnerable to hunting pressure in December than they are during the rut. Even a small increase in survivorship will result in more mature bucks in a population over time. I also believe our short seasons are an advantage. Hunters only have a couple of days to hunt are willing to take a doe rather than be unsuccessful. About 45 percent of the deer killed by hunters with either-sex licenses during the shotgun seasons are does."