One of the properties I hunt is 80 acres that's a mature hardwoods ridge, both sides of the ridge are bedding areas and I see bucks crossing the hardwoods from bedding to bedding areas during the rut. The problem is with the ridge being mature hardwoods the travel is pretty sparatic, making it difficult to bowhunt. We plan on select cutting the property starting in December which leads to my question. I'm thinking about clear cutting/hinge cutting a 30 to 50 yard swat across the ridge to try to promote move movement in the new thicker cover over the open hardwoods. Do you think this will concentrate movement? I know the deer like to travel along thick cover and along edges of different cover. Any advice or other suggestions would be appreciation. Thanks.
Doing that might help to concentrate movement in the long run. However in the short term I would try to focus on pinch points that already naturally exist between the bedding areas. Look for saddles in the ridge, creek crossings, etc.
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