The moment the tree hits the ground, it provides instant nutrition for whitetails. Buds, leaves and fresh new growth, that minutes before were 20 feet up, are now chest high or lower. But, because of the hinge cut, the tree will sprout fresh buds in the spring and once again will be a food source for hungry whitetails. The cycle can continue 3 years or more if the tree takes hold and somehow manages to hang on. We have 5-year-old, living brush piles which are still alive and producing food and shelter for deer turkeys and a host of other birds and critters.