Does anyone have expierence with this type of logging? I am guessing this will hurt the hunting. What are the ups and downs? I am thinking there will be more area to put in some food plots but other than that, I am thinking this is not good.
The good and bad of logging?
The woods don't look the best, pretty devastating really. What was once a beautiful hard woods is now some wood/brush piles with a few trees. Overall I think the loggers did a OK job of leaving some mature hard woods behind for reseeding and a food source. The deer are back in the woods along with the turkeys. The biggest thing I have noticed so far is the squirrels seem to be gone. It was nothing to see 15-20 squirrels and now I don't see a one.
Arbor Day Foundation costs a bit more but you might find some interesting trees to plant.
My experience, Logging isn't a bad thing. The land owner just found out that his trees were worth money. I had some done years back on grade and scale with a promised minimum. The end sale went to the Amish, that made it a cash deal.
The curse is that the first few years will change the deer patterns. If they take the wrong species at the wrong time, undesirable species will replace them and you won't get good regeneration of mast bearing trees. High grading of oaks can sometimes result in only maples growing in their place, as maple is shade tolerant and oak requires full sun.
I used to hunt next to an 80 acre clear cut in western Wisconsin. It was done about 35 years ago. Initially, it was a wasteland. After about 15-20 years, the stump suckers made it so thick and nasty, you couldn't hunt in it, just the edges. It made a perfect sanctuary bedding area that held GIANT bucks.
Trees are a crop that need to be harvested periodically. As with all hunting, learning to adapt to the changes to you hunting area is the hard part!