Monthly Archives: May 2014

Prevent break offs when hinge cutting trees for deer habitat

Soft maples can really be a problem when hinge cutting because they tend to break off. There are a number of ways to prevent them from breaking but first and most important is to not cut too far through the

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Southeast Michigan Branch of the Quality Deer Management Association’s Annual Habitat Day at Jim Brauker’s Farm

I was honored to invite over 170 people to walk my farm on April 5th 2014. ¬†We heard a presentation from QDMA’s Kip Adams, toured a hinge cut bedding area, demonstrated how to make a hinge cut bedding area, showed

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Oak Trees are not Sacred when it comes to Hinge Cutting for Whitetail Habitat

Many people are unwilling to hinge cut oak trees. That may often be a mistake. For optimum mast production, oaks should have some breathing room. A hinge cut oak tree laying on its side may produce valuable browse at a

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Make A Tree Top Traffic Lane to Direct Deer Movement

Here I describe how to improve the cover in a reed canary grass field by cutting and dragging trees to make a travel lane. The grass grows up through the branches of the dragged trees, so that they remain standing

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Winter Deer Yarding and Hinge Cutting in Southern Michigan

You won’t believe what the deer on my property were eating in the late winter of 2014. We had heavy snow that completely curtailed the use of food plots and forced the deer into areas of brush and evergreen trees.

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