Leaving the tops after logging

Discussion in 'Whitetail Deer Habitat' started by walleyerick, Jan 27, 2016.

  1. walleyerick

    walleyerick

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    First time property has been logged in many years. The understory was pretty non-existent. We had some pretty extensive storm damage from the Glen Arbor storm back in August, We had all the damaged trees removed, they also took all of the dead and still living ash, plus a good chunk of old aspen. Basically all that is left is beech and maples. The question is; did we do the right thing by having the loggers leave all the tops? We were hoping that by doing so, it would have the same effect as hinge cutting.
     
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    Not the same effect as hingecutting but you did the right thing because it will create cover instantly while you wait for the regrowth to take over.
     
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    Tops can also help keep them off the new trees till you get your stem count up
     
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    I am looking forward to the Select cut activity happening on property I hunt this winter. Where they are cutting happens to be directly across from a thick understory of MFR/brambles lowland area. Can't wait to hunt between the existing thick cover and the tree tops that will be down. Should be exciting hunting.
     
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    I think u did great !! U left the tops & had some trees removed, perfect. Now if u do decide to hinge cut some trees u will have less chance at getting trees hung up. Tops will be side cover for deer beds
     
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    Yes you did the correct thing, now if plant any trees plant them in the middle of the tops it will protect them.
     
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    Thanks guys, property sure looks different, that's for sure. Were are going to plant some trees, especially mast and fruit trees.
     
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    Next best thing to hinging. Tops will really speed up usage by deer. Just make sure it is not too thick. Make sure that they have plenty of mobility about the woods by moving or cutting as needed to provide trails.

    More importantly, don't let those maples and beaches create too much canopy so that you do not get florid regeneration.

    Neither of those trees are particularly useful for deer habitat. Although beach produce mast it is not mast that is high on a deer's list. And Beach trees produce some of the most dense canopy you can get. Their shade resistance allows them to grow lots of lateral branches even in a canopied woods.
     
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    There is not a lot of Beech, but enough up on some of the ridges to produce nuts from time to time. The deer do paw around for them, especially when the snow comes down. You are right about their canopies. We are planning to put in some oaks to see if they will take, currently there are none in the area that I know of. We are also hoping to put in a whole bunch of apple trees in small clusters and we will have the dozer and brush hog out to clear trails. We are also planning on replanting a section of pines that were also removed. More foe cover than anything.