Welcome to WF. Great to have another Iowan. I live near Mason City.
License to kill gophers by the government of the United Nations. Man, free to kill gophers at will. To kill, you must know your enemy, and in this case my enemy is a varmint. And a varmint will never quit - ever. They're like the Viet Cong - Varmint Cong. So you have to fall back on superior intelligence and superior firepower. And that's all she wrote.
Welcome. I am in Eastern Iowa. I have found no public places to off road. Sadly all the Class C roads (dirt n low mtc) have been closed or improved. Don't know anyone with private property. Thank god for snow.