I wrote on July 5th about the experiment conducted with hinge cutting the small tree on the edge of the East Plot. I thought it was time for an update, as this tree continues to be a favorite stop for deer in the area.
Below is a video and also photos of the tree since initially reported. Now imagine doing this in other strategic places, such as sanctuaries, near bedding areas, transition points, travel corridors, etc. where deer feel extremely secure. Hinge Cutting is an excellent means of improving the habitat and making the deer feel more at home on your property.
Hinge Cutting is especially important for those of us owning or hunting on small properties. I would define a small property as anything under 100 acres. For my 63 acres, this is one of the most important tools for providing the best cover and an immediate food source to my herd. In addition, it helps me release many of the good tree species that I want to grow that cannot compete with less desirable species. Stump sprouting will also occur, providing additional forage for the deer. I'll try to post some photos of trees I have hinge cut and the stump sprouting that results. Evidence of browsing on these sprouts is typical due to the plant tenderness.
Break out the chainsaw and create some habitat and forage.
Andy Hayes is a devoted husband and father of 4 kids living in West Central Indiana. Outside of his family, his passion is hunting whitetails. He does not claim to be a professional hunter, but simply wants to share what he learns during his quest to improve whitetail habitat and hunt mature bucks.