Scratch, you got several bowyers drooling with straight-grained hedge and awesome growth rings. Regarding its use to deer, not sure that its the same in W. Kansas, but don't see why not. Noble Foundation (south central OK) did a pretty significant study a few years back. Having trouble coming up with it now (best I can find has just the summary in it, http://oklaenvirothon.org/pdfs/wildlife/white-tailed-deer.pdf
), but they found it one of the highest preference foods and preference was throughout the year (all 4 seasons of collection). Primarily it was from the leaves, crazy protein levels in there. I can vouch, as I've got a food plot in a draw filled with bois-d'arcs and pretty well have to annually trim out limbs that hang over and try to pull me off the tractor. When stacked in a location that our cows (longhorns) can get to them they will stand around the pile, stretch their tongues out and pull leaves off the cut branches.