Some hunter-landowners hire a farm manager (who typically takes 6 to 10 percent of the agricultural proceeds). Dan and Dave rent their arable ground to a neighbor and handle the maintenance and upkeep-fences, gates, seeding, and mowing-with the help of their friend Chad Lambe, an engineer who grew up on a farm. "Dan and I are town guys," says Dave. "We rely on Chad to tell us what to plant when, and he does our bulldozing, too." Last year, they put in corn, sorghum, and sunflower food plots, and they planted ninebark, cedar trees, wild plums, highbush cranberry, arrowwood, hazelnuts, apple trees, buttonbush, lilacs, and mixed native grasses. Then they felled trees to create brushpiles and second-growth areas where deer could bed and browse.