Great story, JD;
I could just see the sheriff and then the deputy get decked. Sorry about the poachers. I have always been treated well by Iowa farmers when asking to hunt. Very rarely turned down. I usually go alone with just my bird dog. Try to take Michigan apples or stop at a local bakery for a "Thank You" gesture.
We have a ROW that divides our property too. I leased the portion that crosses our part. Best $17.50 I ever spent. Doesn't keep all the tresspassers, quad ridrs and snowmobilers out, but it helps and I can fence it as long as I leave a gate for electrical repair equipment.