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#112347 - 08/14/06 08:09 PM Chessnut oaks ?
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was sitting in my stand last week and noticed an oak within spitting distance. plenty of nuts aboard,but didn't recognize the leaf. after researching have determined specie. got some white oaks around but look kinda sparse. ? being, do deer seek them out? arrowed a doe from this stand last year and never paid any attention to it.thanks for any info !
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#112348 - 08/14/06 08:18 PM Re: Chessnut oaks ?
Paul J
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While it's not impossible it's highly unlikley you have a nut producing Chestnut tree. They usually die about the time it would produce nuts.

Chestnuts don't look like acorns either. A pic would be good. The leaf of the Chestnut is serrated and the bark of a young tree is smooth.
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#112349 - 08/14/06 08:47 PM Re: Chessnut oaks ?
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nuts look similar to white oak corns. chessnut oaks are very hardy and long lived
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#112350 - 08/14/06 09:25 PM Re: Chessnut oaks ?
Chris Tripp
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I have not seen too many deer hitting chestnut oak acorns unless its the only thing around in the area I hunt. Also, the chinese chestnut trees we have growing, which have been growing for some 20-25 years at least have produced a healthy mast crop for as long as I can remember. Chestnut Oak and Chestnut trees are two totally different species.
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#112352 - 08/14/06 09:43 PM Re: Chessnut oaks ?
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Chestnut Oaks are the first oaks to drop acorns and some of the best early feed sign you will find is under these trees. I have killed many a deer during early bow season under Chestnut Oaks. Once White and Red Oaks start dropping they become the preferred food source.
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#112353 - 08/14/06 09:46 PM Re: Chessnut oaks ?
Chris Tripp
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I should itterate though that thats my local herd that don't seem to like them as much.
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#112354 - 08/14/06 10:11 PM Re: Chessnut oaks ?
Tree Man
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Chris I use to hunt the Holmes Creek area of Center Hill Lake in the 80's and the deer there relished Chestnut Oak acorns. I use to key my early and mid archery hunts on Chestnut Oak. If there was Chinqapin acorns we would set up on them. White Oak were almost no exsistant in this area, but if you could find them you were in a honey hole. Red Oaks were more prevelalant and were a good bet latter in the season.
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#112355 - 08/15/06 06:51 AM Re: Chessnut oaks ?
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thanks all for the knowledge , my college botany has flown the coup. this particular tree is on the inside of a hardwood edge of old apple orchard and sumac grove. have planted poke berries and rape seed near by. only problem is i can't hunt it until oct. ;\)
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#112356 - 08/15/06 07:38 AM Re: Chessnut oaks ?
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Deer will absolutely eat Chestnut oak acorns, its in the white oak family by the way!
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#112357 - 08/15/06 08:32 PM Re: Chessnut oaks ?
Chris Tripp
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We have more white oaks than anything else right around our family farm. The few chestnut oaks just seem less preferred by the local herd, which the trees may very well be Mountain chestnut oaks, but none the less, just don't see much activity from whitetail around them.
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