Last week Dave decided to improve the latter. Dave sought technical advice and manpower from Tom VanDoorn, a friend of mine from northern Wisconsin who's also a timber harvester. The three of us walked Dave's property, looking for a spot where we could improve bedding cover. We settled on a 4-acre patch of aspen (popple) trees. This stand had long ago reached maturity, and Tom noted that a clearcut would result in a small slice of whitetail heaven. Aspen is not only a sun-loving species, it also sucker-sprouts; meaning young saplings would naturally regenerate from the roots of trees we cut down. So for the better part of a day, four guys (we were joined by my friend Mark Stimets, who's not only a deer nut, but one who loves to run power tools) dropped aspen trees. In 4-5 months, aspen saplings will regenerate in this clearcut. By fall, they'll be 5-6 feet tall and provide dense security cover and browse in an area that once resembled a park. Better yet, that cover will benefit deer for at least a decade. Try getting that kind of return from one day of food plot work!