Of all the habitat improvements a landowner can make, hinging cull trees (trees that are an undesirable species) is perhaps the single most effective improvement. It requires virtually no expense other than a chainsaw and some time. The term “hinge cut” refers to cutting partially through a small tree so that it can be tipped over, yet remains alive. Doing so can create hiding places where deer will bed as well as feed on the browse from the downed tree top and shoots sent up from the stump. These downed trees also can be strategically cut to funnel deer past a stand.