Land and Location

Coal Camp Outfitters is located in the trophy rich area of south central Iowa, 50 miles southeast of Des Moines in Lucas County. We are in Zone 5 for those of you applying for a non-resident deer license.

Our property consists of approximately 3000 contiguous acres of rugged land and includes 500 acres of heavy timber.  It is in the center of an eight square mile area with minimal road frontage and adjoins the back side of 2500 acres of state forest.  Access to the state land is limited and this further isolates our property.  Crop land bordering our farm makes deer movement from their bedding areas to crop fields predictable and our internal food plots extremely effective. 

We rely on our many trail cameras to inventory the deer and monitor their movement.  But equally as important, we observe deer activity on a daily basis as we live and work on the farm managing the cattle and deer hunting business.  The hunting cabin sits in the heart of our property.

Within the 3000 acres is a network of designated hunting areas ranging in size from 80 to 120 acres.  Fences protect the bedding areas and manage the cattle.  As an example, a mile long fence exists on both sides of a timbered creek that runs through the property and creates an excellent sanctuary for deer.  We have more than 50 tree stands and blinds strategically located throughout the hunting areas to take advantage of deer movement no matter what the wind direction or previous hunting pressure.  Tree stands include both lock-on and ladder stands.  We also utilize tower stands, box blinds and pop-up blinds.        

Sixty acres of designated food plots ranging in size from 1 to 10 acres are located throughout the hunting areas.  Plots consist of beans, corn, clover, milo, winter greens, turnips and radishes.  We see deer activity on the food plots throughout the year, and heavy traffic in the fall and early winter when the surrounding crop ground is harvested.