Monroe may not be a secret, but its got a lot of deer. Reason why is because the amount of acres that are tied up. When you have 1000s of acres that only one person hunts, of course you're going to see an increase in deer population. DNR fly overs show that certain areas in Monroe county have almost twice as many deer this past year as the year before. Its going to turn into a problem.
One reason people see more deer in certain areas, lets say SW Iowa, compared to Monroe county this time of year is because lack of avaliable cover. Monroe county has much more cover for a deer to hide in then many areas in SW Iowa that I know of.
Hunting whitetails in heavy cover can be tough and frustrating, and certain farms (high amt. of timber) can be very hard to figure out. Give it some time (two weeks) and I guarantee that your deer sightings will go up.
From my own personal experience in hunting areas with high amounts of timber, I have had my best luck setting up in funnels and hoping a big guy will cruise through. Some farms I hunt consist of large draws, and I personaly feel these farms are easier to hunt (less cover area for bucks to travel). Large amounts of cover leads to a large amount of areas for whitetails to go.
Give it a few weeks, pick a good funnel, and wait for a pig to walk by.