Frequently Asked Questions

Here are answers to the most common questions that visitors ask.

What am I responsible for and what do I need to bring?
You are responsible for the following: Purchasing your appropriate tags and licenses. Obeying the rules and regulations of the Iowa’s Dept. of Natural Resources. Your own personal hunting equipment e.g. firearms, bows, clothing, coolers, safety belts and harnesses, boot dryers, etc. Any special dietary requirements that you may have. Meat processing fees and trophy mounting fees plus any shipping fees involved. There is a local meat locker that we use and we also have a taxidermist that we recommend if you choose.
What about food and cooking arrangements?
All meals are provided. Breakfast usually consist of toast, bagels, cereal, donuts, etc. Sack lunch is provided while you are in the field. Full multi-course, home cooked meal in the evening. We provide several snacks as well, but if you have any “favorites” you should bring those as well.
What types of stands or blinds are available?
We have a several different types of stands. For archery we use lock-on stands with 20' climbing sticks and for firearm seasons we use 20’ ladder stands as well as enclosed shooting houses. Hunters may bring climbing stand of thier own if they would like.
What is included with your lodging?
We built a new lodge in 2017 with 12 bedrooms and 14 bathrooms where we will provide all bed linens, pillows, towels, and meals. Bring your own snacks and personal items. Please call us if you have any specific dietary requirements as we try to be as accommodating as we can.
What if my vacation time doesn't exactly match your hunt arrival and departure dates?
There may be a little bit of wiggle room, let us know what would work for you and we can see what we can do.
I want to bring along a non-hunting guest. Is this allowed? What will it cost?
Depending on the room we have this can usually be done. Non-hunting guest will be charged a rate of $125 per day covering lodging and meals.
What about caring for the deer meat and the trophy?
Windy Ridge Outfitting guides will field dress your animal and cape the deer if you would like. There is room for you to do some of your own meat processing if you like or there is a local meat locker that we recommend.
Do your guides accept gratuity?
Yes, our guides will be working hard to provide you with anything and everything to make your hunt a success and to ensure you are as comfortable as possible during your stay.  Guides are appreciative of gratuity.
Is there a trophy fee if I kill a Pope & Young or Boone & Crockett buck?
No. your hunt is paid in full and we have no trophy fees. There is however, a $500.00 fine if a hunter shoots a deer scoring less than our minumum in which state hunt takes place.
What is your policy on wounded bucks?
We will make a strong effort to find your animal. We often succeed in recovery of marginally hit animals with a "when in doubt we back out" startegy. No hunting will resume until Windy Ridge Outfitting staff has determined the animal to be un-recoverable. Once this happens, the hunter will be allowed to hunt again, but a miss or second wounded animal will result in the end of the hunt.
Do you have a size restriction on your bucks?
Our minimum in Iowa is 140” or 4.5 year old. There is a fine of $500.00 for any deer shot scoring under the minimum imposed by Windy Ridge Outfitting.
How do I tell if a buck will score a 130 or 140 + Pope & Young?
We can give you a “crash course” once you arrive by showing photos and explaining what to look for. Please let us know in advance if you are unsure of how to judge whitetails efficiently and we can give you some photos to look at.
Do you have food plots?
Yes. Windy Ridge Outfitting has possibly the best array of foodplots you will find anywhere in the Midwest - weather permitting of course! There is over 100 acres of corn and soybeans, as well as brassica’s, clover, wheat, chicory, and oats.  As well as a year round rigorous Wild Eighty Mineral supplement program.
Do you have a management policy in place?
Yes we do. We do our very best to harvest the right amount of does and let our smaller bucks go un-harvested until they are mature. This along with our food and mineral program and the great genetics found in this area provides you some of the best whitetail hunting in the world.
What size deer will I be hunting?
Most of the bucks harvested here range from 140” – 165”. Every year a few of our hunters are blessed with deer much larger, some even going over 200” but this would not be the “norm.”
What is your hunter's success rate?
We feel that we have exceptional success/opportunity rates here. By keeping the hunting pressure to a minimum and maximizing our herd’s potential we have averaged nearly a 200% opportunity rate. This does not mean that everyone has had the opportunity at 2 deer above our minimum, but if there were ten guys in camp for a week, there were 20 encounters with deer considered “shooters.” When it comes to actual harvested deer our gun hunter's average success rate is 85% on bucks. Bow hunters success is around 65% on bucks.