Re: Habitat Work
Hinge cutting is cutting a tree only partially through until it folds over like a hinge. Normally there is 1/3-1/4 of the tree trunk still intact to provided foliage, buds, and cover, while keeping the tree alive.
As far as life expectancy of the tree, it varies. Species, soil, and location will all determine how long the tree will live. Yet, even after death, the tree still provide something to the wildlife.
The hinge cutting also reduces "Hawk Perches" and allows more sun to hit the plot or fields to increase yields.
If you enjoy hunting please find a way to give back to the sport. Our children will thank you.