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Fruit trees for deer & bear

Discussion in 'Big Game Hunting Forum' started by coolbrze, Oct 4, 2017.

  1. coolbrze

    coolbrze Senior Refuge Member

    Feb 13, 2003
    Northern VA
    Looking for a combination of short & long term fruit trees for deer & bear. I'm thinking Apples, Pears, Persimmons, & Fig (?) trees. We can't bait in VA so this is the next best thing. Any types of Apples or Pears in particular? Any other trees I should consider planting?
  2. Vahunter

    Vahunter Elite Refuge Member

    Mar 14, 2013
    I'm not far south of you.
    I'd look at the common apple or the Arkansas Black. The latter does fairly well with no pesticides. Persimmon is a good way to go as well; don't know much about varieties.
    Pear are good; be careful which varieties you plant as the popular northern/European varieties are susceptible to fire blight down here.
    I have seen figs do VERY well down here; I know nothing about them.
    Consider: oaks trees for the acorns. Also Dunstan or anther resistant variety of chestnut tree.

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