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#112358 - 08/15/06 10:35 PM Re: Chessnut oaks ?
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Originally posted by Chris Tripp:
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.
Chris:
We just had this conversation a few days ago on a different post, and, I'm with you. Winchester says that they eat them big time, but they don't on our place. BSK says that apparently the further East you go in our state, the more these acorns are utilized. But, West of the Tennessee, or at least on 550+ acres in NE Decatur County they don't eat them. They are very prolific, perhaps more so that all of the rest, which matters not, if the deer don't touch them.
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#112359 - 08/16/06 07:29 AM Re: Chessnut oaks ?
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The Mountain Chestnut Oak will grow in the very worst soils, hence you often see it on rocky ridge-tops and south-facing slopes. It is also a dominant tree in some eastern mountain areas (poor soils). It produces a huge acorn that generally falls a week to two weeks earlier than White Oak acorns. For that short time period, or where no other oaks exist, Mountain Chestnut Oak acorns will be preferred--again, basically because nothing else in the way of acorns exist at that time.

Now the Swamp Chestnut Oak acorn is highly preferred.
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#112360 - 08/16/06 08:30 AM Re: Chessnut oaks ?
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I have seen deer utilize them heavily from East TN to as far west as Humphreys county. BSK is right, they fall first, before the White oaks or Red oaks. When the White oak acorns start falling, all others will be abandoned and the deer will walk right past them, and any other food source to get to good white oak acorns.
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#112361 - 08/16/06 05:27 PM Re: Chessnut oaks ?
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Originally posted by Winchester:
I have seen deer utilize them heavily from East TN to as far west as Humphreys county. BSK is right, they fall first, before the White oaks or Red oaks. When the White oak acorns start falling, all others will be abandoned and the deer will walk right past them, and any other food source to get to good white oak acorns.
Our ridgetops are covered up the those trees, probably as many as any of the other oaks. They may eat them at the initial dropping for the aforementioned reason. However, come January the bare spots on the ridges will still be covered with Chestnut acorns. Everything else is basically gone.
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#112362 - 08/16/06 06:54 PM Re: Chessnut oaks ?
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I will go with the fact they are probably used here for a very short period of time.
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#112363 - 08/17/06 09:05 AM Re: Chessnut oaks ?
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I will go with the fact they are probably used here for a very short period of time.
Yup, about two weeks, IF other types of acorns begin to fall at their normal time, especially white oak acorns.
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#112364 - 08/17/06 07:53 PM Re: Chessnut oaks ?
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I have killed deer in late season that were feeding on mountain oak acorns as well as red oaks. If you have a good mast crop year, in late season when the white oaks are pretty much gone you might want to check them MO's and RO's.
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#112365 - 08/18/06 09:26 AM Re: Chessnut oaks ?
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Where I hunt the swamp chestnut oak is preferred over all other oak including white. I know where 2 or 3 produce every year. They are deer magnets.
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#617750 - 02/16/08 05:02 PM Re: Chessnut oaks ? [Re: A/M/G]
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Anybody got a pic of one?
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#617856 - 02/16/08 06:29 PM Re: Chessnut oaks ? [Re: Winchester]
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all the places i hunt with chestnut oaks, the acorns lay on the ground and rot. i have NEVER seen a deer eating them.
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