Hunted rifle season last year on public land in NW Missouri. Was on deer and at least one of the 3 of us saw a shooter every day. Found a hot little woodlot between fields that we ended up taking 3 bucks out of 3 straight days, an 8 pt and two 10 pts. That was late in the evening of day 2, first thing morning of day 3 and mid-morning of day 4. Seemed to be more pressure in the mornings than evenings and even then I would only say opening morning compared to anything I deal with back in NC public land when it comes to hunter pressure. There are lots of little sub-100 acre pieces of public that I'll say don't overlook.