A few years back we had a buck do the same to a small apple tree in our front yard... on Christmas Eve. Needless to say my two girls were extra excited when they saw it and the hoof prints. Couldn't have planned that one myself if I tried.
I should probably post this in "you can't make this stuff up" thread....but it fits better here.
Buddy of mine brought a Aspen sapling or two back from Colorado and planted them in his yard....he figured they would never make it.... but the following spring one of them was actually alive! He kept it watered and it grew well that summer.....one morning he came out and the sapling was destroyed and the ground around it was tore up.... oddly enough there was this fine fuzzy brown hair on what was left of the sapling...nothing like deer hair? Puzzled he called the game warden ..... Warden was curious enough himself so he came down for a look.....stood there and looked at it speechless.....so the investigation began.....long story short (sorry) guy up the road raised bison.....a young bull had gotten out the night before and was on the loose.....owner offered to replace tree....even offered him some bison meat ....so it all worked out rather nice.
I'm a short drive down OHB from Brentwood, in Davidson Co, and keep corrugated pipe on all my trees less than 6" from late summer til the end of January. The deer were tearing up everything I planted until I started doing this 10 or so years ago.
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