New member here from Ohio, so I can understand the constant public land questions from out of staters. I was hoping for a little input from the locals. I'm just trying to gauge some of the pressure on the public lands. Last march I came out for two weekend trips, doing about 25 miles a day scouting/shed hunting. I covered a good bit in zones 9 & 8. I'm planning a three day trip this spring to come back down and do more scouting/shed hunting. Just by looking at the amount of tags given out, I've been leaning towards checking out zone 6 over 5. Shimek State Forest, Eldon Wildlife were two that I was starting to study the maps on. I really liked a few of the places I scouted in zones 8 & 9, but the pieces seem so small if I run into a few hunters my trip may be ruined, without being able to jump to another zone. That's one the main reasons I started looking into Shimek. Putting a ton of time/money into scouting before I make plans on a destination. I just worry about ruining into similar situations as I do in Ohio, walk a mile back and randomly at 4 some guys comes walking out of the thicket. Our public land gets crazy pressure, so I understand that theirs going to be people out. I failed to realize how much more popular shed hunting is in Iowa over Ohio. Really hoping to be able to get to some un touched places to maybe find a few more sheds. Any advice would be greatly appreciated, thank you guys!