In Reply to: Re: Shotgun Deer Season posted by Tim Daley(MI) on November 19, 2018 at 08:29:07:
I have basically become a tree farmer since 1988.
I have planted some ware between 15,000 to 18,000 trees here.
I have planted White spruce, Norway spruce, White pine, White Oak and Red oak.
I tried planting Chinese chestnuts but had no luck at all with them.
I had no trouble with the conifers, the deer didn't bother them much.
The problem I am having now with the white pine is snow damage. Heavy wet snow
breaking off the limbs. Also I lose a couple of mature white pines every year to the pine moth beetle. The snow doesn't seem to bother the spruces much.
Nothing I can do about that. Mother Nature will have her way.
With the oaks, I tried planting every other tree in a tree tube.
Every tree I did not plant in a tube the deer ate off, every one. Now that the Oaks
are of a decent size the bucks use as a rub tree and I loose almost a dozen every
year. I could get a nuisance permit to shoot them any time, but I don't want to do
that. As a tribute to family dogs I have had to put down or have put down,
I dug a hole and lay the dog in the bottom then planted a pine on top of them.
Those trees grew 3 to 4 times faster than other trees planted at the same time.
Must be the protein from their body's.
Deer also feed on the small lower ends of the wild apple trees growing here
beside feeding on the apples. They love the Crab apples form the decorative
Crab apple trees I planted. The Cedar shrubs that I planted near the barn, they have eaten on so bad they are not nice round globes anymore.
Three years ago while convalescing from a cancer liver operation I tilled up a
strip of land across the road about 150 yard long and 25 feet from the road
and planted sun flowers. The neighbors all thought that was a wonderful idea.
I planted a about 150 sunflower seeds. When the sun flowers got about knee high,
the deer ate every one off.
Due to the weird weather we had this year there has been very few nuts or acorns on
the trees, The New York State Conservationist magazine had a article about that in
the last issue.