ORIGINAL: Woods Walker
That's why I LOVE to see a good series of strong, violent, storms come through the area and knock a whole bunch of mature trees down. In another year or so, that area will have more deer in it.
Loosing our mature hardwoods is usually a mixed blessing. You gain light, but you lose mast-- usually acorns. On the other hand, cedars dominate everywhere the oak and hickory do not. If enough of these do not regularly get blown over they have a tendency to choke out everything else, at least for several decades. Ike came through here in September and knocked down a few of our mature trees. I am sure what grows up in their stead will more than exceed their progenitor's ability to attract deer.
Right after we acquired our farm, we had the biologist in for a visit. One of his biggest tips was cutting or hinging all the cedars we could to let the light in. He advised this in any area where the hardwoods were standing taller than knee high. It wasn't six months before mother nature took a hand in things and took one of our more impenetrable cedar thickets and knocked it over. This was followed up with back-to-back years of wind stoms, ice storms and a small F0 tornado. The deer got cover and browse. The hardwoods got the light they needed, and overall things have really taken off in that corner of the property.
Deer are not deep woods creatures. They prefer the edge--the edge of light and shadow, the edge of forest and field, the edges between inhabited, cultivated and wild.
That's why I LOVE to see a good series of strong, violent, storms come through the area and knock a whole bunch of mature trees down.
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