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#2924263 - 08/29/12 12:58 AM On squirrel patrol at home...
catman529
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well for the first time in at least 3 years our hickory tree (2 trees grown together) is producing a good crop. This morning while I slept in on my day off, my dad saw 4 squirrels in the tree early in the morning. Time to set the alarm clock, the air rifle is already loaded, I hope to pick off at least 1 in the AM. Hope my aim is precise. I want these hickory nuts bad, and the squirrels will get them while green before I can pick them. I usually make a hickory nut pie for T-day and last year the crop was so bad across middle TN I could not find any hickory trees that produced nuts. This year is a good crop for most hickories and I want to be able to walk out my front door and pick them from our tree too. I will even climb most of the way up the tree to shake branches and pick them by hand. But these darn squirrels are the ones that deserve the title of "tree rat" and I plan to put em down.
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#2924337 - 08/29/12 06:25 AM Re: On squirrel patrol at home... [Re: catman529]
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Yep, plenty of hickory nuts in my area this year as well. Not a one last year for some reason. Still, I noticed Saturday that the squirrells are keying in on specific trees. I killed three out of one tree Sat. morning. \:\)
Good luck to ya!
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#2924752 - 08/29/12 12:06 PM Re: On squirrel patrol at home... [Re: bigtex]
catman529
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well I slept in this morning... probably needed the extra sleep, but I will be on those squirrels soon as possible.
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#2925493 - 08/29/12 08:06 PM Re: On squirrel patrol at home... [Re: catman529]
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I've got a few acres in Giles county and the hickory nut trees are empty this year. Last year was a poor crop also. Don't know what't happening. The trees look healthy, just didn't put on a crop.
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#2925578 - 08/29/12 08:45 PM Re: On squirrel patrol at home... [Re: Hickory Nut]
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Our Mammoth Hickory is loaded this year. I am trying to harvest some nuts and germinate them. I looked them up online and 1 nut is selling for 12 dollars.
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#2925666 - 08/29/12 09:25 PM Re: On squirrel patrol at home... [Re: trealtree]
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I kinda figured the heat & lack of water mite be whats wrong with hickorys not bearing any fruit, I noticed a month of so ago mine was prematurely dropping nuts, figured stress caused it.
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#2925757 - 08/29/12 11:08 PM Re: On squirrel patrol at home... [Re: trealtree]
catman529
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 Originally Posted By: trealtree
Our Mammoth Hickory is loaded this year. I am trying to harvest some nuts and germinate them. I looked them up online and 1 nut is selling for 12 dollars.
12 bucks? what kind of hickory is this, a shellbark? The kind with the walnut sized nuts?
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#2926916 - 08/30/12 08:17 PM Re: On squirrel patrol at home... [Re: catman529]
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 Originally Posted By: catman529
 Originally Posted By: trealtree
Our Mammoth Hickory is loaded this year. I am trying to harvest some nuts and germinate them. I looked them up online and 1 nut is selling for 12 dollars.
12 bucks? what kind of hickory is this, a shellbark? The kind with the walnut sized nuts?


Google mammoth hickory
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#2927160 - 08/30/12 11:17 PM Re: On squirrel patrol at home... [Re: trealtree]
catman529
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 Originally Posted By: trealtree
 Originally Posted By: catman529
 Originally Posted By: trealtree
Our Mammoth Hickory is loaded this year. I am trying to harvest some nuts and germinate them. I looked them up online and 1 nut is selling for 12 dollars.
12 bucks? what kind of hickory is this, a shellbark? The kind with the walnut sized nuts?


Google mammoth hickory
such as this? http://www.kellynurseries.com/detail.asp?pid=4647

It's a shellbark, I know of several around the mid. TN area. I can tell when I am near one when I see those extra large hulls lying on the ground. the bark though is very similar to shagbark. Cracking a shellbark nut is tough though, but the nut meat tastes good like a shagbark.
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#2927886 - 08/31/12 01:33 PM Re: On squirrel patrol at home... [Re: catman529]
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 Originally Posted By: catman529
 Originally Posted By: trealtree
 Originally Posted By: catman529
 Originally Posted By: trealtree
Our Mammoth Hickory is loaded this year. I am trying to harvest some nuts and germinate them. I looked them up online and 1 nut is selling for 12 dollars.
12 bucks? what kind of hickory is this, a shellbark? The kind with the walnut sized nuts?


Google mammoth hickory
such as this? http://www.kellynurseries.com/detail.asp?pid=4647

It's a shellbark, I know of several around the mid. TN area. I can tell when I am near one when I see those extra large hulls lying on the ground. the bark though is very similar to shagbark. Cracking a shellbark nut is tough though, but the nut meat tastes good like a shagbark.


Around 7 each on that website. Not bad money. I am collecting all I can
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#2928417 - 08/31/12 11:54 PM Re: On squirrel patrol at home... [Re: trealtree]
catman529
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 Originally Posted By: trealtree
 Originally Posted By: catman529
 Originally Posted By: trealtree
 Originally Posted By: catman529
 Originally Posted By: trealtree
Our Mammoth Hickory is loaded this year. I am trying to harvest some nuts and germinate them. I looked them up online and 1 nut is selling for 12 dollars.
12 bucks? what kind of hickory is this, a shellbark? The kind with the walnut sized nuts?


Google mammoth hickory
such as this? http://www.kellynurseries.com/detail.asp?pid=4647

It's a shellbark, I know of several around the mid. TN area. I can tell when I am near one when I see those extra large hulls lying on the ground. the bark though is very similar to shagbark. Cracking a shellbark nut is tough though, but the nut meat tastes good like a shagbark.


Around 7 each on that website. Not bad money. I am collecting all I can
no kidding I had no idea they could sell for that much. But where do you find the buyers? I would rather eat them then go through the hassle, unless I was able to find someone who would buy them.
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#2929057 - 09/01/12 08:04 PM Re: On squirrel patrol at home... [Re: catman529]
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craigslist, ebay etc.. I sold some MOSO bamboo that I had sprouted and grown from seed for 70 dollars to a guy on craigslist.
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#2929246 - 09/01/12 10:11 PM Re: On squirrel patrol at home... [Re: trealtree]
catman529
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dang. If I happen to find a surplus I may go and try to sell a few. Still want to make the rest into a pie.
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#2934541 - 09/06/12 06:26 PM Re: On squirrel patrol at home... [Re: catman529]
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Forget hunting for squirrels. I'm hunting for shellbark hickory nuts!
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#2937571 - 09/09/12 08:03 PM Re: On squirrel patrol at home... [Re: Pursuit Hunter]
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interesting,I know where a handful of those trees are that have an AWESOME crop and the squirrels are in love with them, except when I am there with a gun to shoot them.
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#2942142 - 09/13/12 01:17 PM Re: On squirrel patrol at home... [Re: Inkstainz]
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I've got 2 shellbark hickories at my river house and they are loaded. I guess I better start picking up those nuts. Last weekend I bet there were a bushel of them on the ground...
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#2942847 - 09/13/12 11:20 PM Re: On squirrel patrol at home... [Re: BuckWild]
catman529
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 Originally Posted By: BuckWild
I've got 2 shellbark hickories at my river house and they are loaded. I guess I better start picking up those nuts. Last weekend I bet there were a bushel of them on the ground...
shell bark nuts are the biggest hickory nuts but also the hardest to crack. Use a hammer not a nutcracker. If you can pick out enough of the nut meat then you got some good eating. I got a recipe for hickory nut pie in the cooking forum
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