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#3644969 - 04/14/14 08:51 PM Re: This weeks freeze? [Re: Farm manager]
Carlos Viagra
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Around here the Oaks haven't gotten started yet.
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#3644983 - 04/14/14 08:58 PM Re: This weeks freeze? [Re: timberjack86]
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i hope everything makes it
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#3645126 - 04/14/14 11:27 PM Re: This weeks freeze? [Re: ROUGH COUNTRY HUNTER]
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not looking good. hopefully I am wrong.
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#3645311 - 04/15/14 07:24 AM Re: This weeks freeze? [Re: ROUGH COUNTRY HUNTER]
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 Originally Posted By: ROUGH COUNTRY HUNTER
i hope everything makes it


They won't. Not with the forecast temps. Expect at least a very poor fruit year. Acorn crop will be iffy. In Middle TN, most oaks are already blooming.
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#3645319 - 04/15/14 07:29 AM Re: This weeks freeze? [Re: Farm manager]
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 Originally Posted By: Farm manager
There is one positive thing about a poor mast crop, the deer will have to move more to find their groceries.


That is the one positive of an acorn failure. Deer have to move more and farther to feed, which increases deer sightings and kills by hunters. Kill numbers generally take a jump in poor acorn years.
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#3645322 - 04/15/14 07:34 AM Re: This weeks freeze? [Re: BSK]
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I guess it had to happen. We've been lucky locally, as we haven't experienced an acorn failure since 2007. Past history (the last 30 years) shows a very poor acorn crop occurring in 2 years out of every 5 year period. But in the 6 years since 2007, only 2010 was close to a very poor year.
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#3645435 - 04/15/14 09:00 AM Re: This weeks freeze? [Re: BSK]
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I agree that low acorn years are definately better for seeing and killing deer on the hoof. But, IMO, I like big acorn years. But I am more worried about the health of deer and wild turkeys for now and the future than I am about killing them.
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#3645549 - 04/15/14 11:08 AM Re: This weeks freeze? [Re: woodsman87]
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I too like the heavy mast years, I enjoy knowing animals aren't starving.
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#3645612 - 04/15/14 11:59 AM Re: This weeks freeze? [Re: BSK]
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 Originally Posted By: BSK
I guess it had to happen. We've been lucky locally, as we haven't experienced an acorn failure since 2007. Past history (the last 30 years) shows a very poor acorn crop occurring in 2 years out of every 5 year period. But in the 6 years since 2007, only 2010 was close to a very poor year.

THAT SAID, it will not surprise me should we end up with a bumper acorn crop this year! I just don't think we can say much anything with certainty (at this point) regarding this fall's acorn crop?

Ironically, last year's poor acorn crop really HURT my deer hunting, never mind we had some pretty nice food plots. What we also had was a super-abundance of other deer foods (particularly honeysuckle) brought on by the consistent and above-average rainfall during the 2013 summer and early fall. So the deer didn't have acorns, but they had honeysuckle instead, and seemed happier with that than our food plots.

2013 was a very poor acorn crop in my areas of Stewart County, just a hop & a skip from where you had a pretty good crop.
Go figure.

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#3645681 - 04/15/14 01:06 PM Re: This weeks freeze? [Re: Wes Parrish]
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Looks like we will have back to back years for a mast failure if we do indeed have a hard freeze. Last year hard mast was non-existent where I live.
Personally I have much better luck and more deer sightings when we have a bumper crop of acorns as my property is 90% hardwoods surrounded by a 13 year old clearcut. On a good mast year my Oaks pull deer out of the clearcut like a magnet.
Most, if not all of my Oak's are in full bloom, doesn't look good at all.
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