Managers overlook this type of cover a lot! This cover species offers so much for deer. It provides quality bedding; high protein forages, and escapes cover. All you need to manage, in one package. Along with being an excellent cover type, this ecosystem is roughly 70% of a deer diet during the growing season.
Maintain the area by letting it grow up! Control mow this cover every 5 – 8 years. Mow the area when you think that your brush hog can’t mow over the saplings that will be growing in it. Do not mow all area at once. Rotate the mowing. Mow one part of the field then several years later mow another part and so on until you end up back were you started! Discing these areas lightly will also enhance the quality of this cover. Another management tool is control burning. Conduct control burns around Spring.
(BEFORE YOU CONSIDER BURNING A SITE, KNOW YOUR LOCAL LAWS FOR BURNING AND CONTACT DLWM FOR BURNING INSTRUCTIONS)!