Today I checked the clover trail plots behind the house. It's coming along good though I noticed some bare spots,then a dusting bowl. Later while taking a break I hear a hen out here calling. So I called her from the pc room window. She came in fast and angry. She had another quiet hen with her and they stopped at the lawns edge. They were down there plucking out those seedlings. This brought to mind the fact that deer are blamed for stripping understory and food plots , gardens and orchards. I don't see that being the case. I have watched rabbits ,ground hogs, turkeys, squirrels, racoon and even robins devastating plots, areas of crops, garden and fruit trees. With a lack of small game hunting and fur trapping there is no shortage of herbivore in our woods and fields. I have watched everything hitting the mulberries. Robins, turkey and squirrel strip a 1/2 acre corn plot and garden planting. Wood chucks mowing plots and girding large areas of trees. Turkey, squirrel, raccoon and bear stripping peach, plum, kiwi, cherry, and apples. I had a turkey stand under one peach tree hopping up and down snatching one peach after another off my best trees. Counted 6 raccoon in one mulberry with 2 squirrel. Lets not leave out the increase of rabbits. During turkey season I watched rabbits merrily hopping from one maple seedling to the next chewing off the top of each. I wonder why when conservationist are looking at the lack of regeneration in forests they aren't talking about the lack of small game hunting. Ah the browse line argument..hhmm.. Take an area in maple regeneration ,which by nature is thick, there will be a natural dying and dropping of lower branches. Thick over story equals less light, which equals less lower growth. Any ways next time you worry about seeing no ground growth in your woods, look past the deer and maybe pick up your 22 or a chain saw.