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#617908 - 02/16/08 07:19 PM Re: Chessnut oaks ? [Re: ]
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I have saw deer leave white oaks to feed on chestnut oaks. It takes several big frosts to make them more attractive to deer though.
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#618132 - 02/16/08 09:56 PM Re: Chessnut oaks ? [Re: Kentucky Redneck]
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 Originally Posted By: Kentucky Redneck
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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#620044 - 02/18/08 10:01 AM Re: Chessnut oaks ? [Re: ]
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It appears deer in some areas do prefer chestnut oak acorns, especially if no other acorn is available. However, in the majority of areas, the chestnut oak acorn is not at all preferred.

Chestnut Oaks will grow in much poorer soils than other oaks. They often dominate the rockiest soils and south-facing slopes (south-facing slopes are drier and poorer). The best groves of true White Oaks are often found on the moister-soil north-facing slopes.
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#620318 - 02/18/08 01:59 PM Re: Chessnut oaks ? [Re: ]
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It depends on the amount of tannic acid in the acorn. In some areas, deer love them, especially the swamp variety in some areas. In other areas I'n not sure that the deer wouldn't starve to death first. On Cheatham, where the mountain variety grows, deer will eat them until any other oak starts to drop.

Here in Wilson County, at least where I hunt, they scarf them up as soon as they fall and will eat them as long as they fall.

So my conclusion is it is a combination of the variety-swamp or mountain-and the acidity. In parts of AL where I have hunted, the swamp chesnut is by far a preferred source.

Next to the sawtooh oak, as far as I know, they are the earliest to drop mast and the acorn is among the largest of the white oak variety.

And the leaves, when well soaked, make a great, short smoke for a grill.

And that is about all I know or care to know about chestnut oaks. If the deer are eating them, hunt them.
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