On the last weekend of September, also invariably the Ohio opener for whitetail archery season, I get the annual opportunity to help lead a field trip of 40 undergraduate students to one of the most unique conservation landscapes in all of the upper Midwest. We are hosted by the country’s oldest active shooting club and we are given near free-reign to explore their thousands of acres of managed marshlands. The conservancy has not taken the approach of farming row crops and then flooding impoundments to create quality forage for migrating waterfowl, but rather, has faithfully manipulated water levels and utilized other management tools to create native wetland conditions that most closely mimic the pre-agricultural (e.g., draining wetlands to farm) era.