Pinpoint Time of Browsing
Once you find evidence of deer browsing, you need to understand when the browsing took place. Was it done around hunting season or just last week? The tips of most woody, stemmed plants scab over after being browsed by deer. The tear dries out and progresses down the stem at a rate of about 1 inch every 45 days. This only occurs during growing season. A fresh rip is just that. No scab, no drying out, just a light-colored, rough-feeling end to the stem. In this case, browsing probably occurred after growing season, which just may be hunting season in your area. Do the math and compare aging and weathering on browse to figure out when the browsing occurred.