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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 07-31-2011, 09:21 PM Thread Starter
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The area where I had 3 tree stands placed was hit by tornado. The area follows the bottom along a creek. My question is: because there has been so much torn up by the tornado leaving behind tangles of trees and brush down the paths for the wildlife have been blocked. Should I attempt to open the area with a chainsaw somewhat so the deer can use the area they like to use so they don't have to leave the security of the creek and walk in open fields? Or let them establish their own paths?
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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 07-31-2011, 10:06 PM
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cut new paths to funnel them were you want them to go.Deer or like people,they will take the path of least resistance.bring them to you

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Can you tell what they are doing right now? Any new trails develop?
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post #4 of 11 (permalink) Old 07-31-2011, 11:04 PM
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cut new paths to funnel them were you want them to go.Deer or like people,they will take the path of least resistance.bring them to you
plus the downed trees bring in more deer to browse leaves they couldn't normally reach tornado might have helped your huntingseason
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cut new paths to funnel them were you want them to go.Deer or like people,they will take the path of least resistance.bring them to you
+1, I agree. This is a great ooportunity to somewhat channel, perhaps, the deer movement to your good.
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cut new paths to funnel them were you want them to go.Deer or like people,they will take the path of least resistance.bring them to you
i agree with hellbilly

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post #7 of 11 (permalink) Old 08-01-2011, 05:49 PM
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right on fellas......and ma'am
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post #8 of 11 (permalink) Old 08-01-2011, 05:52 PM
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Hellbilly got it right
the trees down will only help the deer
A path working with your normal winds to your advantage will be a plus
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post #9 of 11 (permalink) Old 08-02-2011, 08:08 PM
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I agree with everyone as well.... use a tractor with a blade and move some of the downed brush and small tress so that you make trails for the deer to use. They'll find them. Once you do this, though, get out and stay out for as long as you can. So if you're wanting to set trail cams up along these new trails, do so right after you cut the trail. That way there is no pressure on the herd and they'll be that much more likely to use the new trail you made.

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post #10 of 11 (permalink) Old 08-03-2011, 06:02 AM
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I would clear the lanes just wide enough where the deer feel safe while in there but direct them to travel where you want them.
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