Psyched! Apples FINALLY!

Psyched! Apples FINALLY!

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    Psyched! Apples FINALLY!

    When we 1st bought our back 40 acres in 08, I started building my "whitetail engagement area", first by adding a feeder, a couple food plots and cleaning up current oaks and a couple of persimmons. Also added a mineral site. Then came the elevated box blind. I also planted a couple pear trees and some Saw Tooth oaks. The oaks we cleaned up now have acorns, the pear trees have been producing since their 2nd year. The Persimmon tree has persimmons and young trees nearby...all is well.

    I also a planted an Arkansas Black apple tree with a Dolgo crab-apple tree as a pollinator. I fenced them, watered and fertilized them, pruned them and they grew. That was in the fall of 08, neither had produced a thing until last year when I got 1 solitary AB Apple! I have another AB tree in my orchard by the house that's been loaded with apples since the 3rd year it was planted. I'd just about given up, bad location, crappy soil, bad luck, defective tree, etc.

    Checked the crab apple the other day and low an behold a single crab apple...then I spotted another and another, probably 10 overall! from nothing to ten a 1000% increase in production! Then I checked the AB, sure enough apples, lots of them! That corner of the property is now a deer smorgasbord 12 years in the making!

    To celebrate, I transplanted a couple swamp white oaks I found by our creek to a couple moist spots and l bought 3 Dunstan Chestnut trees from Walmart of all places. Planted them last night on the edge of the engagement area. Going to take another 10 years for the chestnut trees to produce and probably 20 for the white oaks, but it looks like the deer can munch on apples till then.
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    I hope it all works for you. Do Not - repeat Do Not - add up the cost of all that and divide the weight of the deer you shoot into the cost. The per pound price will make you very upset. OK, OK, I know: It's not the money - it's the principle of the thing, right?

    Heck, I was grossed out at the per pound price just when Gramps paid for an out of state hunting license and a few necessary items, even though we stayed with friends in Virginia for deer hunting, and the butchering was done at their house, for free. The meat was sure wonderful though.
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    @Chuck R. some pic's would be neat!
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    I wonder if the deer will even touch the crab apples. They never ate a single one from my Father's tree. He had a different variety than you do though. I wish you the best of luck with your endeavors though. You should be seeing quite a variety of critters.
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    Do you need any hunting companions?
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    I'm in envy of your fruit trees! My grandmother had 2 huge apple trees in her backyard. In the fall the apples would drop and many of them would ferment and smell like strong apple cider.
    Whenever I smell cider, I immediately think of her.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pete63 View Post
    @Chuck R. some pic's would be neat!
    Here's a couple I snapped tonight. THE Arkansas Black Apple Tree, little tree on the left is the Dogo, in between is an oak we cleaned up:



    An actual AB Apple (still has a ways to go), I'm thinking of having it mounted, just in case:



    Elevated stand, pear tree, with 2 new Chestnut trees:



    Mineral site:



    Edge of food plot to feeder, winter wheat and clover:

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    Quote Originally Posted by scottync View Post
    Do you need any hunting companions?
    I've got a 16 yr old, it's all for him. I actually haven't hunted this since he killed his 1st deer here at 12. I normally head out to western KS with the "guys" to chase mulies.
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    Thanks @Chuck R. That's a "really nice" set up. You've obviously worked very hard to cover "all the bases", with both a "deer magnet", & a "good land management" philosophy! Good luck to you & your son, for "decades" to come!
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    Very nice acreage you have there sir.
    I am longing for the day the wife and I can retire and move out of this area and onto some land again.
    We planted a fig tree from a little sprout in our suburban yard about 10 years ago.
    The dang thing has to be majorly pruned every winter or it will take over the whole yard.
    Make enough figs for the entire neighborhood.
    I wonder if deers would be attracted to figs? Awful sweet and tasty

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    Quote Originally Posted by ShooterGranny View Post
    I hope it all works for you. Do Not - repeat Do Not - add up the cost of all that and divide the weight of the deer you shoot into the cost. The per pound price will make you very upset. OK, OK, I know: It's not the money - it's the principle of the thing, right?

    Heck, I was grossed out at the per pound price just when Gramps paid for an out of state hunting license and a few necessary items, even though we stayed with friends in Virginia for deer hunting, and the butchering was done at their house, for free. The meat was sure wonderful though.
    So true Granny. Iíve given up deer hunting but when I did my wife joked that venison was the most expense meat per pound. She might not have been joking.
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    Nice stewardship sir!
    I find supremely ironic that God in his wisdom and grace has given man freedom of choice bounded by 10 simple rules. Man in his finite wisdom has created millions of rules to limit freedom of choice and the personal responsibility of his fellow man.

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