I am trying to establish some wildlife cuts in my maple and tupelo deserts so the sun can get to the forest floor, thicken up and create more edge. I have tried hinge cutting with higher cuts, chest high plus, but often times when I get a nice set of "tunnels" established, I have to drop a larger tree which knocks everything flat to the ground. Then I'm left with a mess that no deer can get through. I am guessing my only option is to go back through and cut paths. I seem to have success when I can hinge the larger trees first but that is rarely an option. I usually have to clear out a bunch of smaller stuff so the bigger trees can fall. It's frustrating doing all of that cutting then having to go back in to cut paths. Another tactic I have done successfully in younger growth is to cut, move and stack brush but boy, that will wear you out quick.