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#6560851 - 11/27/16 04:13 PM Fruit trees and mule deer
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I know apple trees would probably be a good draw does anyone have any experience with oth type of fast growing fruit trees, apricot or peach maybe

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#6560896 - 11/27/16 04:46 PM Re: Fruit trees and mule deer [Re: brokenpole]
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Loc: Denton/Argyle
Never heard of mule deer being attracted to fruit trees. Unless you are planting them for your own consumption, I'd focus on other browse or food plots. Or better yet, water sources. This is a great pamphlet on Texas Mule Deer. Worth your time for a read: https://tpwd.texas.gov/publications/pwdpubs/media/pwd_bk_w7000_0303.pdf
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#6561920 - 11/28/16 09:14 AM Re: Fruit trees and mule deer [Re: brokenpole]
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we had a lease years ago in northwestern Llano county that had an old home place on it but the house was gone, it was surrounded by old large pear trees and it was like a deer's buffet when the pears started dropping. My dad also had a pear tree by his shop in town, he would pick up any pears that had bad spots on them and toss in a 5 gallon bucket to take to the ranch. The deer loved them, especially those that were ripe or past ripe almost rotten smelling. We also planted fig trees down by the artesian springs and had a very hard time getting them to grow because the deer kept eating the leaves & new growth ... we put up 6-7' diameter fence pens to allow the trees to get established. after they got up 5-6' tall, we removed the pens and the deer would eat the figs and leaves up to as high as they could reach. I agree with dkershen on planting fruit trees specifically for the deer though.
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#6562765 - 11/28/16 05:34 PM Re: Fruit trees and mule deer [Re: brokenpole]
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they sell apple scented corn for a reason (besides making a profit)

in areas where apples are more common they are used for bait often if baiting is allowed

and there is a reason a lot of orchards and vineyards in the hill country have a high fence around them

having said that you have the issue of what was always mentioned and that is the deer liking to eat the tree to the nub before it even gets going

plus most fruit trees are going to be several years before they give fruit and they need to be managed properly to set and maintain a good crop

you would be better off with more localized fruits like Muscadine Grapes or Persimmons

the management of everything else is too intensive to waste on feeding deer

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