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Fruit trees for deer/hogs? #7183152 05/30/18 12:51 AM
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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?
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Re: Fruit trees for deer/hogs? [Re: MrWhite87] #7183203 05/30/18 01:40 AM
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I have Mexican plum trees on my place. I see deer and pigs eating sxs all the time.


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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.



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Anything drought tolerant too

Re: Fruit trees for deer/hogs? [Re: MrWhite87] #7184311 05/31/18 01:47 AM
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I've wondered if crabapple would be good.


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Re: Fruit trees for deer/hogs? [Re: MrWhite87] #7184347 05/31/18 02:26 AM
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Pear trees do well if you can provide water until established.


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Re: Fruit trees for deer/hogs? [Re: MrWhite87] #7184554 05/31/18 12:48 PM
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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.

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Coons will love them. They ate all my figs before the deer got them. frown frown

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So I can start my 5 year old out hunting coons off the orchard. This project just gets better and better. Lol

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Originally Posted By: MrWhite87
So I can start my 5 year old out hunting coons off the orchard. This project just gets better and better. Lol


This sounds like the best plan.


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So I can start my 5 year old out hunting coons off the orchard. This project just gets better and better. Lol


This sounds like the best plan.
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Apples are tough in Texas heat, peaches ususally prefer regular watering and well drained soil.

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Pear trees are hardy and the deer love them. The deer also love the wild plum thickets.


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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.

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I plant one or two trees near my stand every year. My best luck has been with pear and mexican plum. Insect and disease killed every apple I planted. Go with crab apples but research the varieties. Many are just ornamental. Persimmons never would grow well on our place in young county for some reason. Pears are your best bang for the buck, but research for late varieties if you plan on hunting over them. Kiefer does well for me. I dig my own mexican plums finding small trees already producing.Fence your trees too or the hogs will dig them up right after you plant them. Consider chestnut trees as well for an earlier to start producing tree than other mast trees.

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