|Courtesy of Outreach Outdoors|
|Only cut what is necessary!|
Truth is, I got a late start in determining where I was going to hunt and in turn began to cut these trails in August which was too close to the opening of the season. Your activity will rarely bother deer so long as you leave enough time for your presence to fade away. Remember, deer are creatures of habit. Now I am no deer psychologist but, a habit takes about 21 days to establish in a human let alone a deer.
Last year we made a mistake. This season we will leave the tall hay everywhere except the exact paths necessary for entrance and exit. We will likely add in shooting lanes if necessary by about late July. We did, however discover something after making the cuts and I will come back to this in just a bit.
Deer, like any other animal, only want to exert the energy necessary to do whatever is on their minds. This means they will walk a decent distance to go through an open gate instead of jumping a fence. Although they do walk on defined trails, they also have a tendency to go a little willy-nilly through an area. Last season, we cut a couple of paths into the forest area and immediately noticed deer sign on these paths as well as in the high grass. The same trails we created so that my wheelchair could enter and exit easily became valuable highways to the deer also.
|Hinge-cut Trees creating a choke point|