WHat do you guys think would be better for deer. if i planted a couple rows of apple trees and some white oaks or put in a food plot. we have about a quarter acre right on the golf course to do whatever with so im just trying to decide. Tell me what you think i should put in, and what you guys use.
You may have a hard time establishing apple trees if you have a lot of deer. We planted some a couple years ago and they ate the buds, bark and all when they bloomed in the spring. The deer are pretty hard on them and they will take some time to produce any fruit.
I would go with the food plot. You can always do what I do and bring in apples or other food from another area to feed with. I have a few apple trees on a different property where there aren’t any deer and I’ll pick up all the apples before mowing the grass each time and drop them off in front of my trail cam at the other property. I also harvest acorns from the same property and save them until January/February when food is starting to get scarce and put it out for the deer as well.
I would plant clover but if you can plant a few apple trees on the edges. I like to go with the dwarf apple trees which will start to produce within 2 -3 years. Make sure you cage the trees so that the deer can’t get to them. Usually throw a few crabapples in the mix for some cross pollination.
According to what you want to achieve. Are you going to have this property for a long time? Do you want long term results? Of course you can always do both, put the apple trees around the edges and the plot in the middle. If you’re going to have this place for years to come, then by all means plant the apple trees, its a long term investment, and would be very conservation minded. On my place, over the past 6-7 years, I’ve planted about 250 various oak trees (white, red, chestnut) and probably 20-25 apple, pear, and crab apple trees. I hope this property remains in the family for many years so my children and grand children can enjoy the oaks. Some of the first apple trees planted produced for the first time this year. If you plant trees, take the time to cage them or put them in the protective tubes. You’re waisting time and money if you dont.
thanks…were going to have this property for a while…you cant bait in virginia though. does it really take a couple years for the trees to produce fruit? and could you just spray the trees or not really?
Clover/Rape/Brassica Mix with an apple tree thrown in here and there that are well protected until the fruit. I think its about three years before theyre safe. Oh and plug in some turnips for late season. If money isnt an object soybeans are like chocolate cake to a fat kid when it comes to deer and food plots.