Edge Feathering for Whitetail Deer
The term “edge feathering” came about as a means of improving quail habitat and but the concept can be adapted as a means of improving edge browse for whitetails and then trail blocking to create better hunting. Edge feathering is often used to provide screening, browse and funneling affects and is simply a matter of hinging or falling non-mast producing trees along a forest edge. This creates excellent small game cover as well and is a favored method of enhancing quail habitat. Edge feathering can be used to help block off multiple runways entering a field and to create screening at the same time. I often fall the trees into the field and then swing them around to create a blocking effect and create a giant brush pile of cover and browse.
There is nothing more frustrating than seeing deer travelling multiple runways and tipping over trees along the edge is a great way to funnel them through a couple main field entrances to create better hunting spots. More on creating bottlenecks and funnels can be found in the other Hinge Cut sections.