Whatever the case, I have hunted the same public reservoir near a large--by Iowa standards--population center for 25 years and never felt unsafe. I do think public land gets an unfair rap as dangerous. For one thing, nobody sneaks onto public land. While the area gets lots of use, people park in plain sight, giving you a general idea of where everyone is hunting. Of course, there are extracurricular activities on public ground. For instance, I killed a turkey by a meth dump once, but by and large when I go turkey hunting, I don't fear for my life.