I realize many hunters dislike Iowa for its $500 non-resident tags, and I don't blame them in the least, but we do have a great youth deer season that more states should copy. Rather than make our kids hunt in the cold, crazy December gun season, the state opens youth season opens before any other deer seasons begins. Youth hunters are the first ones in the field and their season runs for 16 days. If they don't fill their tag, it's good in any of our other gun seasons. The weather is pleasant and overall success rates run very high - about 50%. Since he started at age 12 (he's now 15), John has hunted a total of five days and shot three deer, including one big enough to cost me the price of a skull mount. Not surprisingly, he loves deer hunting. Seasons like this one are a great way to recruit new hunters and every state should have one.