That said, my favorite public-land locations are fence crossings. Why? Because there are fewer of them, and they're often overlooked by other hunters. Fences are abundant in Iowa, even on public land, and not all of the fences mark the boundary between public and private land (in case you thought I was trying to sit right on a property line). One of the best locations I found during this spring's shed hunt was a fence crossing deep in a large area of public land. The fence, an apparent remnant from before the ground was public, featured five, tight strands of barbed wire. A tree limb had dropped from one of the area's many oaks and landed on the fence. The deer crossing sign was impressive—and I saw zero evidence of any other hunters in that area.