This topic is probably better suited to the off-season rather than right in the heart of deer season, but I received this in an e-mail earlier today and thought I would pass it along to the H-365 crowd.
This information comes from the October/November newsletter from Grayson County (Texas) County Extension Agent Chuck Jones.
Six inexpensive ways to improve your deer habitat
1. Cut your cedars. One cedar with a six-foot crown takes up 28 feet. That is a lot of area that you could be growing food for deer.
2. Disk up areas to stimulate forb growth.
3. Fertilize already present native vegetation — the nitrogen will increase the crude protein and enhance mast production.
4. Thin some trees to allow light penetration thus stimulating understory growth and creating more browse opportunities.
5. Shred some areas. This will stimulate regrowth and the newly grown leaves will be very palatable to deer.
6. If you need food plots to add a little more diversity or to help hold some deer, then I recommend the area not to exceed 5% of your overall habitat.