How detrimental are logging operations to deer? They will change patterns temporarily, but you might be surprised to find out that many deer will immediately move into an active logging operation at the end of each day taking advantage of tree-top browse, and even exposed mineral soil.
Turkeys are drawn to recent cuts and young forests as well. High stem density provides escape cover and the newly developing shrub layer will be loaded with soft mast including dogwood and blackberry. These shrubs and other forbs growing along the edges are attractive to insects that turkey broods depend on during the first few months of their life cycle.
If there is one game bird that benefits from creating young forests, it is the ruffed grouse. The range of this northern bird does extend from Canada southward to eastern Tennessee and western South Carolina. Its year-round habitat and breeding season needs are totally dependent on small clear-cuts which develop into thickets with high stem density.
Because oak seedlings are extremely intolerant of shade, the least amount of overhead cover can eventually shade out young oaks. In some cases, it’s better to set up patch cuts large enough to allow sufficient light for oak seedling growth.