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When July hits, most of us start to really think about deer hunting, especially if we are bowhunters. The sloppy among us will wait till late summer to hang/check stands and prep our gear. There are several problems associated with waiting this long. I won’t go into all of them as I’m sure you can already see the list. Let’s concentrate on what we can do in the early spring.

I wrote a blog post about doing one thing to improve your chances in this deer hunting endeavor, and that is what I will concentrate on in this entry.

Hinge cutting is a new practice for me. I do see the benefits in doing so and will begin today. I hope you will follow me and consider doing the same to your property.

I want to discuss the three reasons I will be hinge cutting some areas of my hunting properties. Take a look at your parcel and see if these make sense for you.

Added Cover- By not killing the tree, I will be adding cover. New branches and shoots will come out at ground level providing just the place for that big buck to tuck into.

Funneling – Deer like to travel a path of least resistance when possible. Who doesn’t? If the natural travel path is east to west, and you need deer to move north or south,  hinge cutting may be an easy natural solution.

Food- Have you ever seen deer standing up to reach low hanging branches? We all have. Why make them work so hard? Your newly fallen tree can provide browse by letting the deer eat at ground level. The key of course is to find the type of trees deer like to eat and keep them alive.

Don’t cut your entire area today. If you live close, take one bite at a time. Cut a few trees and go back and study the results. You only get once chance per tree, so planning is the key.