I want to plant some fruit trees for the deer. Seems like 6 pear and 6 persimmon trees will be prime. I intend to use the tree tubes to protect them for awhile. I'm just curious if the pigs will be attracted more than the deer and keep them at bay.
Anyone else have fruit trees primarily for wildlife? What's your story with them? I like details cause knowledge is power, baby.
I would think raccoons could get most of them on the tree before any deer or hog had a chance at the fruit on the ground. I would just make sure anything I planted would have fruit ripen when deer season is open(archery or general) and I planted enough of them to benefit.
I plan to order tree tubes and space them properly then I'll head out to water them every week that rain isn't in the forecast. I really wanna try a few varieties of apples peaches pears and persimmons to keep things pollinating properly and extend the harvesting days of my orchard.
Not trying to be negative but if you are just planting planning on planting them for deer I would think there are better options. I have probably 10 old pear trees on my property. They do not produce fruit every year. Some years because of lack of rain and some because they bloom and then we get a freeze and the blooms fall off. When they do produce fruit the coons have a field day. The deer also take advantage but most of the time it is all over in a short time. To try to get fruit trees started and to get to a producing age is at least here a tuff go. And unless you are young you may not ever see the results. But good luck you will never know unless you try.