The glaciers that smoothed the rough edges of the land and dropped their load of rich topsoil during the last ice age never made it here. Geologically, it's part of the Unglaciated Allegheny Plateau, an elevated arc of shale, sandstone, and thin soils extending around southeastern Ohio into stern Pennsylvania and the West Virginia panhandle. If you were a pioneer looking for prime farmland, you would probably have sifted the dirt through your fingers, said, "I didn't come all this way for this," and kept going. Deer, however, have always liked the rugged forests-oak, ash, hickory, and beech-just fine. The double bonus is that the three Wayne National Forest districts contain more than 237,000 acres of land-a lifetime's worth of country where a guy with a little grit can hunt until he either succeeds, has to go back to work and family, or loses his mind.