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#3603953 - 03/01/14 09:16 PM @#%!!! Honeylocust Trees
Hunter 257W
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I've read that Honeylocust trees are good for deer but after spending a day fighting about 4 acres of them with a bush hog and puncturing 3 tractor tires, I'm not feeling very friendly towards them. Surely any small benefit they have for deer is only a short time in the Spring the 1st year a tree is growing. Possibly the 2nd year. Once they get any size one them the thorns make the tree unapproachable. Those thorns make me think that if they have trees in Hell, the Honeylocust would be the species of choice. Do deer really eat the buds from these awful things enough to leave one living???

As I stated, I just bush hogged about 4 acres of them that were growing amongst my planted fruit and oak trees and these honeylocust were in the 2 inch diameter range. My tractor was pulling hard even in 1st gear to grind all that up. I don't think the bush hog will ever be the same again. The shearbolt in the driveshaft was about cut into when I quit and as I said both front tires were full of holes and went flat. One rear tire was spewing water(filled with water for weight).

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#3603968 - 03/01/14 09:27 PM Re: @#%!!! Honeylocust Trees [Re: Hunter 257W]
stik
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they love the pods.
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#3603970 - 03/01/14 09:28 PM Re: @#%!!! Honeylocust Trees [Re: Hunter 257W]
Hillbilly Hunter
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You are correct, I do believe they are straight from the depths of hell.
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#3603972 - 03/01/14 09:29 PM Re: @#%!!! Honeylocust Trees [Re: Hillbilly Hunter]
Hillbilly Hunter
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Deer eat alot of things. Get rid of them while they are small!
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#3604021 - 03/01/14 10:19 PM Re: @#%!!! Honeylocust Trees [Re: Hillbilly Hunter]
catman529
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They are the best tree I have found for using a climber.
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#3604024 - 03/01/14 10:24 PM Re: @#%!!! Honeylocust Trees [Re: Hillbilly Hunter]
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Agree with Hillbilly Hunter.

They love the pods, but in my experience they will only hit them hard in the early season. The thing about honey locusts is that you don't need many. A mature one will put off a ton of pods and the deer rarely eat them all before they get dry. I seem to always have plenty of pods left over every season.

And YES, they are a huge pain in the rear. Last year, I did the same thing you did - I cleared out 3-4 acres of young honey locusts to create a food plot. Luckily, they did not puncture my tractor tires, but my Ranger was not as lucky.

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#3604027 - 03/01/14 10:25 PM Re: @#%!!! Honeylocust Trees [Re: catman529]
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 Originally Posted By: catman529
They are the best tree I have found for using a climber.


I'm assuming that is a joke, right?!?! Mine have tons of thorns on them. Aint no way I'd climb one with a climber or a loc on.

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#3604031 - 03/01/14 10:29 PM Re: @#%!!! Honeylocust Trees [Re: CAW]
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I found a big shed in a patch of them today. Never really thought much about them until now. May bow hunt over them in October
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#3604036 - 03/01/14 11:06 PM Re: @#%!!! Honeylocust Trees [Re: CAW]
catman529
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 Originally Posted By: CAW
 Originally Posted By: catman529
They are the best tree I have found for using a climber.


I'm assuming that is a joke, right?!?! Mine have tons of thorns on them. Aint no way I'd climb one with a climber or a loc on.
lol I've seen some wicked nasty ones. Never would put a stand on em. The deer like the seed pods, but that's about it.
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#3604084 - 03/02/14 05:54 AM Re: @#%!!! Honeylocust Trees [Re: catman529]
Hunter 257W
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 Originally Posted By: catman529
They are the best tree I have found for using a climber.


Makes me cringe to even think about it, Catman! I've got holes and scratches all over my forearms and legs from yesterday from just driving the tractor through that thicket.

On a positive note, I THINK I saw my very 1st ever woodcock while bush hogging. It flew out from under the tractor and then landed about 20 feet away and ran into some cover.

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