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#405461 - 09/19/07 07:59 AM Eating Apple Trees
JWW4
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There is an apple tree real close to my plot, and it did not produce a single apple this year. May have been the april freeze, may have been the drought I don't know. Anyway I was looking at it yeaterday and noticed something has been eating the leaves and some of the green stems. It was 4-5 feet off the grownd so the only thing I could fingure it would be was deer. Is that a normal behavior for deer? If it is abnormal is it due to the heat/drought or is there something missing that I need to plant/put out to stop the abnormal behavior?
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#405501 - 09/19/07 08:08 AM Re: Eating Apple Trees [Re: JWW4]
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Yes, deer browse the leaves of fruit trees. Very normal behavior. The majority of a deer's diet consists of browse (the leaves of a wide variety of plants).
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#406159 - 09/19/07 01:51 PM Re: Eating Apple Trees [Re: BSK]
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Yep, they wear the leaves out on my apple and especially pear trees.
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#408150 - 09/20/07 06:36 PM Re: Eating Apple Trees [Re: Coach B]
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if they eat enought of the small branches the tree may die. i have young trees and keep them in cages till they grow up
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#408591 - 09/20/07 10:22 PM Re: Eating Apple Trees [Re: LA man]
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I've observed the deer I hunt eating maple leaves as well.
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#408827 - 09/21/07 06:56 AM Re: Eating Apple Trees [Re: Greg .]
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Young maple saplings are fairly preferred by deer. Unfortunately, the leaves of white and red oak saplings are too. I've seen a deer herd completely wipe-out all white and red oak saplings in a small clear-cut.
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#408879 - 09/21/07 07:51 AM Re: Eating Apple Trees [Re: BSK]
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A lot of apple trees dont stand a chance when deer are in the area.. Ive seen more apple trees get killed by deer browsing than them actually making it to produce any apples.

Same for maples
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#409878 - 09/21/07 09:40 PM Re: Eating Apple Trees [Re: psycho]
cmoses
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yep deer eat leaves off fruit and other trees
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