Do I recommend hinge cutting trees?

By Grant Woods,

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Dr. Woods,
Have you ever heard of hinge cutting trees to create deer cover? If so, do you recommend it?

Thanks Ken.


I have heard and seen the results of hinge cutting to improve the quality of cover.  The limbs of hinge cut trees tend to rapidly grow above the effective cover height for deer and most forms of wildlife. In most scenarios I’d rather hack and squirt the trees to promote better quality native forage and cover!  For more information about the hack and squirt technique check out:

Enjoy creation,


December 13, 2015