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#3391589 - 10/07/13 11:42 AM Re: Acorn crop 2013 [Re: Bullfrog]
tellico4x4
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Mountain & White Oaks just now started dropping pretty good in Southern Wayne & Hardin.
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#3391607 - 10/07/13 11:58 AM Re: Acorn crop 2013 [Re: tellico4x4]
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For those reporting a terrible acorn crop, are you looking at what is on the ground or what is up in the trees? Peak acorn drop isn't for another week or two yet. Unless you're glassing the treetops, you aren't seeing this year's acorn crop yet.
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#3391807 - 10/07/13 02:26 PM Re: Acorn crop 2013 [Re: BSK]
woodchuckc
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I haven't been out looking in the woods per se, but I have a several white oaks behind my shop building that have been dropping acorns steadily for the past 5-7 days. It is pretty easy to notice them dropping since they overhang the metal roof on the building and it just about sounds like a 22 going off when they hit it! The ground is almost completely covered with them, and curiously a lot of them are green. It is also strange that a couple of red oaks near them have not really started dropping acorns yet (a few here and there). I thought the reds generally drop a little bit earlier than most whites, except for chestnut oaks.
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#3392044 - 10/07/13 06:13 PM Re: Acorn crop 2013 [Re: woodchuckc]
buckaroo
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I've been glassing, white oaks are usually harder to see than reds. Deffinatley no red oaks in my are. I have managed to see only a handfull of the whites which means there could be some, but generally you would see squirrel cuttings on the ground. But none
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#3395040 - 10/09/13 11:14 AM Re: Acorn crop 2013 [Re: Craddock1]
benellivol
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Registered: 03/31/11
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I've killed two does already and have seen three small bucks hunting three oak trees in a middle of a field that's dropping.

I don't know why they're dropping earlier than the rest, but the deer are all over it

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#3395145 - 10/09/13 12:40 PM Re: Acorn crop 2013 [Re: benellivol]
hitek7
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Registered: 07/26/10
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Loc: Eva, AL

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Our acorns (whites and chinquapins) are laying on the ground everywhere in southern Marshall county. About slipped and twisted my ankle going in yesterday morning. And the trees are still full

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#3395966 - 10/10/13 12:03 AM Re: Acorn crop 2013 [Re: hitek7]
catman529
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I've done some scouting for oaks in the past few days after I climb down the tree from the morning's hunt. I've found that some are dropping but not all. A few have green acorns that aren't ready to drop yet and some don't seem to have acorns. Found a few spots where at least 2 or 3 good chinkapins are dropping in the same concentrated area, and those had the best deer sign. A few white oaks are dropping and a lot of red oaks are dropping too. The chinkapins have the best sign so that's what I've been hunting. The chinkapin in between our house and our neighbors has had a bumper crop this year, and every night there are does and fawns on the neighbors' driveway eating them.

Honestly I did not learn to hunt acorns until this year, and the first attempt had 7 or 8 deer come into range but one of em smelled me. Second attempt there were deer, but not in range. Third attempt comes on friday and I have backup areas to hunt as well.

Deer also seem to be eating the acorns but not yet persimmons, even though I have found 2 trees in particular that have hundreds of ripe persimmons on them with some on the ground with mainly just raccoon sign under them.
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#3395983 - 10/10/13 03:46 AM Re: Acorn crop 2013 [Re: catman529]
Swampster
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Looks like my sawtooths will have their first good crop. I have about 400 that are 10-11 yo. Looks like a third have lots of acorns, a third are light, and a third are bare. Some are dropping acorns like crazy, while most are still holding on to them. I think my mature whites will be lighter than usual, but I can't see that high to know for sure.
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#3396160 - 10/10/13 07:57 AM Re: Acorn crop 2013 [Re: catman529]
woodsman87
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 Originally Posted By: catman529
I've done some scouting for oaks in the past few days after I climb down the tree from the morning's hunt. I've found that some are dropping but not all. A few have green acorns that aren't ready to drop yet and some don't seem to have acorns. Found a few spots where at least 2 or 3 good chinkapins are dropping in the same concentrated area, and those had the best deer sign. A few white oaks are dropping and a lot of red oaks are dropping too. The chinkapins have the best sign so that's what I've been hunting. The chinkapin in between our house and our neighbors has had a bumper crop this year, and every night there are does and fawns on the neighbors' driveway eating them.

Honestly I did not learn to hunt acorns until this year, and the first attempt had 7 or 8 deer come into range but one of em smelled me. Second attempt there were deer, but not in range. Third attempt comes on friday and I have backup areas to hunt as well.

Deer also seem to be eating the acorns but not yet persimmons, even though I have found 2 trees in particular that have hundreds of ripe persimmons on them with some on the ground with mainly just raccoon sign under them.


It is a good thing to learn catman. I love to hunt acorns, I like hunting this time of year as much as the rut season.
And for some reason I have had persimmon trees that go unoticed all year, and some that get ate up. I don't know exactly what it is though. Some persimmons are like gold mines, while others are just possum city.

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#3397494 - 10/11/13 03:27 AM Re: Acorn crop 2013 [Re: woodsman87]
Swampster
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Can you expand on the persimmons? I didn't think they would drop until November? Mine are still hard and green this time of year. I know the possums will climb the tree and start eating them as soon as they start turning, and well before they are ripe and dropping. Do they knock enough off the tree that the deer can get to them?
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