As I'm filling out the paperwork for a nonresident deer license at the sports superstore in Athens, Georgia, my hunting partner drifts over to the smells section: buck lures, cover scents, real and synthetic urines, soaps, detergents, shampoos, scent-reducing sprays, doe-in-heat candles. I hurry the transaction because my partner is no ordinary hunter. He's Karl V. Miller, professor of wildlife ecology and management at the University of Georgia's D.B. Warnell School of Forest Resources, and one of the most knowledgeable and widely quoted experts in the country about the habits of whitetails. "You could send him into a stretch of woods anywhere in the country, and within a few minutes he'll tell you not only which 10 plants the deer prefer [ BRACKET "there"] at any given time but probably also the order of preference," says Brian Murphy, a former student, a biologist himself, and head of the Quality Deer Management Association in nearby Watkinsville.