Over three days, I learn to calibrate chemical sprayers and no-till seed drills. I age jawbones and backdate deer fetuses. I learn how to conduct a deer population survey, read a soil test, and select an herbicide that will kill grass but not legumes. I learn the basics of a prescribed burn, and the importance of correctly spacing fruit trees for optimum pollination. Most of all, I learn that truly optimizing deer habitat is incredibly nuanced, and fascinating.