Sweating in the frigid days of winter running the chainsaw to make the wood more deer attractive, can be aggravating when looking at nothing but brown. But look what happens as spring slides in, see that. Last year this was all barren leaf covered forests. Just removal of selective trees and perhaps a little help from the turkey feeding on spread oat seed to attract their scratching, and you can begin to see new growth beginning. Nothing planted here. No fire. No tillage except what natures animals do. You have be patient. The understory may not explode immediately. It may take a few years to do its work.
Notice the mature trees left standing, only taking what is competing and hindering these mature food producers of acorn. Is this a desert of deer foodless landscape? Will it become, an area of cover, of increased edge affect within the forest? You bet your sharpened broadhead it will. And all while leaving behind trees that are 25-75 yo, the prime mast producers , and forest rejuvinators of this land. Why would anyone remove such and then complain of the invasion of a variety of deer poor habitat? And its all done in small sections dooable by a property owner, allowing, tempting, forcing deer/buck to hop along each ramdom cluster scent checking for a willing lady. I don't care if he beds here. I just want him to pass along a semi predictable route which brings him near my stand. Same as we do with any wood hunting, but just increasing my odds of where he might be in his travels.
Go sit on your ridge for an hour. Think as if you were an animal looking for a hot date. How , where, when, would you do that on your property?? Then pick out areas, yes random pickings yet with a pattern, that would/will tempt you, the animal, to spend more time in certain locales where you just might have a ambush prepared.
And BTW, notice the shiny tractor. I changed the fluids and gave it its spring wash. Green on green, now that is good. Best of luck to your efforts.
Last pick.... and one of the flowering trees that love your efforts. Folklore has it that the Dogwood is a bloom representing the crucifixion. Perhaps, but just to slip this in...I hope each of you had a great Easter and have embraced the Peace. No matter how deep the chasm may be that the worlds lies may seem to have trapped you in its depths, His hand is extended, waiting for you to choose to take hold. Your choice. Have a great week. Peace.
"You can't know, you can only believe---or not." C.S. Lewis