Southern Iowa Hunting

What's New - September 2017
Southern Iowa continues to be very dry.  We were blessed with 5" of rain through the middle of August giving our turnip and radish plots a good start.  However, it has been dry since then and we are once again needing rain. Bucks are starting to lose their summer coats and velvet.  We're seeing some rubs and scrapes, and  picking up a few pictures of bucks fighting.  Updated pictures effective 9-14-17 can be seen on the Photo Gallery page.   Our prayers to all those in Texas and Florida recovering from the hurricanes.    

Coal Camp Outfitters is a full service whitetail hunting operation, family-owned and operated by Paul and Diane Havick. We are located in Lucas County in south central Iowa;  Zone 5 for our non-resident hunters.  Lucas County was home to a strong coal mining industry back in the early 1900s, with one of the larger mines located on our farm.  Our land consists of approximately 3000 contiguous acres of very rugged terrain and provides prime deer hunting habitat.   

In 2000 our family relocated to Lucas County where we own and operate a cow-calf operation. Over the years we have developed several designated hunting areas within the 3000 acres.  Each hunting area contains designated deer bedding areas and food plots. It is our opinion that sanctuaries and food plots are essential to successful deer hunting. We have more than 50 tree stands and blinds strategically located throughout the hunting areas to take advantage of deer movement between bedding and food.  This has made deer hunting at Coal Camp very predictable.

We began a full schedule of hunters in 2010 and have since taken more than 60 wall hanger bucks grossing between 140" and 180".  A few of our 2016 hunters and their bucks are featured to the right. More pictures can be seen on our Photo Gallery page.  

Coal Camp hosts approximately 20 to 25 hunters each year.  Typically we will have 3 or 4 hunters in camp each week through bow and gun seasons.  This allows us to provide you with personal service and great opportunities to harvest a trophy whitetail. Give Paul a call at 515-238-6164  and hunt one of the premier deer hunting locations in Iowa.