The Smell of Fresh Cut Pine
Hunters cringe at the sight of feller bunchers, skidders and log trucks... the thought of "losing" available woods drives most folks crazy.
A complete clear cut is one thing... that certainly takes some time for the deer habitat to recover - at least 2-3 years before the deer really start to feel comfortable and begin to use the area well. These areas are typically planted back in pine and regrow rather rapidly. When they do grow back, they are dynamite areas to hunt - but that does take time....
A select cut - as shown below, however - is an entirely different matter!
These cuts - while it does hurt if they do them during hunting season (which is happening right now on our club - these photos are from today) - are particularly GOOD for deer browse - they open up the canopy and let great foods thrive between the rows. Honeysuckle really grows well in these areas in the south.
There is another great benefit of these cuts too, they open up great shooting lanes where none existed before.... of particular interest to the hunters should be areas where these lanes form an intersection and allow a hunter (elevated or not) to see in several directions from his or her stand.
In some cases, these lanes (at times, they are wider than others and will admit more sunlight) can even be tilled up and planted in foods that are appealing to the deer.
Short term, they may be painful but long term, they are great for the deer - and thus - the hunters...
Look for areas like this one land that you hunt and see if they do not pull some deer in and also allow for greater visibilty!