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Deer funnels? #9074228 07/10/24 08:04 PM
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I'm about to start clearing cedar in hopes of restoring more grass for ag production. I've thought of leaving some corridors in place which deer typically use to cross more open areas to food plots and feeder areas. I do have a very high deer-density; if I do clear all the cedar, will they use those areas anyway, since they'll kind of have to if they want to access the plots or feeders? There is some natural terrain that I've watched them use from time to time, so they don't necessarily have to have cover to move. Thoughts? I also have a lot of shinnery (shin oak brush) in some places and I won't be removing as much of that.


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Re: Deer funnels? [Re: QuitShootinYoungBucks] #9074235 07/10/24 08:33 PM
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Leave some thermal cover for big freezes. Only humans like that what I call "the golf course look."


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Re: Deer funnels? [Re: QuitShootinYoungBucks] #9074427 07/11/24 04:28 AM
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We’ve cleared most of the cedar on our place except for a few specific stands on a southern face that holds a fair amount of deer late season when the leaves are off most of the brush. Deer definitely find the gaps and bed in there but when they are moving they don’t move through the cedar they come out and hug the edge, just tends to be too thick to act as a travel corridor.

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We've been pushing cedar pursuant to that state grant in areas with over 10% coverage. Lots of areas with plenty of live oaks, scrub oaks, and good brush to still hold plenty of wildlife. But we are leaving cedar in areas prone to erosion - steep hillsides, canyons, etc.

Re: Deer funnels? [Re: QuitShootinYoungBucks] #9075108 Yesterday at 10:09 PM
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I use cedars for fish. Small fish congregate in it to escape predation. I also sink it with concrete blocks.

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