I hinge-cut only low-timber-value trees. Here in the Midwest, box elder, ironwood, and aspen are classic examples, but I also pick on young maples, elms, and hickories. For safety’s sake, I stick with small to mid-size trees. While I do much of my hinge-cutting right now, I’ve done it as late as July and been really pleased with the results. Like dropping a brush pile into a lake to attract fish, even a small hinge-cut area draws deer almost immediately for bedding, feeding, and sanctuary. If you’re a land manager and not doing at least some hinge-cutting, you’re not attracting as many good bucks as you could be.