The Right and Wrong of Hinge Cutting for Deer Habitat
Feb 22, 2023Zack Vucurevich
As I travel the country working with landowners to improve deer herds and habitat, the one management technique I see overused, mismanaged and misunderstood the most is hinge cutting. There is a time and a…
The Three Most Dangerous Hinge Cut Safety Mistakes
Feb 13, 2023NDA Staff
Hinge cutting is a popular and useful tool for improving deer habitat. It can also involve significant risk of injury since chainsaws and trees are involved. Luckily there are some very simple rules that can…
What to Feed Deer in Winter, and What NOT to Feed
Mar 24, 2022Lindsay Thomas Jr.
The 30 most critical days for winter deer survival have a name, and it is March. Research at the University of New Hampshire showed that a healthy deer begins winter with a 90-day fat supply….
5 Clues You Might Be Hinge-Cutting Too Much
Mar 2, 2017Lindsay Thomas Jr.
Hinge-cutting has exploded in popularity in recent years, and as with anything that explodes in popularity, some people take it too far, focusing too much on the technique while missing the bigger picture. It has…
Put Green Leaves at Deer Level
Aug 22, 2012Kip Adams
Everyone knows the leaves of most deciduous trees are green during summer. Most also know that leaves grow on a tree’s branches originating in spring and falling off in the fall. However, how valuable are…
Create Living Thicket Cover by Hinge-Cutting
Mar 21, 2012Jeff Jackson
Timber stand improvement (TSI) involves removing unwanted trees that are competing with desirable trees. What is the best thing to do with the unwanted trees? Cutting them off at the ground line is a standard…