Grow ’em Big: How to Create Deer Bedding Areas

In this episode of Grow ’em Big, Steve Bartylla explains how a chainsaw can be a deer manager’s best friend when planning improvements to habitat. Learn the do’s and don’ts about hinge-cutting trees, and discover how man-made bedding areas can hold deer on a property all year long.

GrowemBigHinge cutting involves cutting through a tree to get it to fall, but not cutting all the way so it maintains a connection to the root system. This will allow the tree to continue living and also, most likely, put out shoots around the trunk base that will provide even more screening cover and new forage.

Hinge cutting can be done on small and large trees. As Bartylla explains, safety should be the first and foremost thing in your mind. We’re talking about deer and deer hunting, so be careful.

One of the great things about hinge cutting is the versatility. You can create screening cover, travel routes to help get deer moving in a specific direction, or bedding cover for young deer.

GEB  Steve Bartylla uses a chain saw to hinge cut

Small and large trees can be hinge cut to produce bedding cover and other benefits for deer and wildlife.

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To watch the first episodes of Grow ’em Big, click here.

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