We are up north of you and on the opposite side of 59 in Polk Co. We haven't had any issues with theft, but most of our guys are local and are out there weekly to keep an eye on things
That being said, don't take any chances with high dollar equipment. Sadly, my old stomping grounds aren't the safest place from theives
As for the deer movement...it's been slow at feeders this year, but I think that has a lot to do with the rains and the abundance of forage. I'm leaning towards hand corn vs a feeder this year in my bow spot, and just picking off doe at the spin feeder. It's usually a better option, although during the drought with the lack of food, the spin feeders had some young bucks coming to them
Good luck this year!
Oh yeah, if you're near the old truck stop, you'll need to wage war on the hogs. They're bad! I lived across 59 from the truck stop for several years back in the early 2000's, and it was nothing to see 40-50 hogs in the pastures