Todd and his mom own 80 acres in Portage County. He contacted Kretz Lumber Company to conduct a thinning on his upland hardwoods (primarily red maple, oak and aspen). Todd was looking for some new growth and improving his acorn crops to improve the hunting on his property as well as creating some new trails to access his property. Following these objectives I marked his woods to remove high risk, poor quality and mature timber using single tree selection and group selection to create some openings. Several aspen regeneration cuts were established and as many oak trees as possible were released from competition. The logging crew started the job in late September and worked right up until the Friday before opening weekend. On opening day Todd harvested a nice buck! Congratulations!
Todd and his neighbor commented that they are seeing more deer on their property than in the past since the logging started. This is testament to what any logger (or forester) knows from experience that deer are curious animals that investigate any changes in their environment and they love the fresh woody browse that recently felled trees provide.