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Late fall planting apple trees?

g squared 23

5 year old buck +
Bucked out? Let's hear it.

October 5th shot my target buck on my farm, my best by a long ways.
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There was nothing at my place left to shoot, so I put some cell cams on my in-laws little 5 acre finger of timber and WOW
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He was around once a week until about 11/6 when he started showing up more regularly, one day just after dark. So I went in midday 11/9 for a hang and hunt. When the wind died down, he got up and was looking for some doe action and I shot him.

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So now I’ve killed my best two bucks ever all before gun season, so I’m looking into starting habitat improvements or planting my grafts versus leaving my property as a sanctuary. I have a couple good 3 year olds that I’d REALLY like to make it through. Quite the dilemma
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Mortenson

5 year old buck +
Holy crap man, you had the dream season! Unreal.... congrats!
 

Mortenson

5 year old buck +
Going to be an expensive taxidermy bill this year!
 

b116757

5 year old buck +
Nice bucks
 

g squared 23

5 year old buck +
Thank you! I’m still in disbelief. Just having those bucks around was enough of a privilege, but getting one or both is beyond my wildest dreams. The good Lord has blessed me far beyond what I deserve. And believe it or not I’m looking forward to habitat season just as much as deer season because I think I can make this property twice as good.


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Derek Reese 29

5 year old buck +
Got 10 crabs/apples in the ground this weekend along the top of my food plot....
(3) 30-06, (2) Crossbow, (2) Winter Gold, (1) Drop tine, (1) Wolf River, (1) 10 point.
All from Whitetail crabs (formerly Northern Whitetail crabs). Terry was awesome to work with and even helped me load the trees in a downpour when I picked them up.
All the trees were dormant and either had very few leaves or leaves that fell right off when touched.
Based on recommendations from Bowsnbucks and other members, I used widow screen around the bottom 18-30 inches of the trees and put limestone screening in about a 2' circle abut at least 3" deep around the base of the trees for rodent protection. Also put either 2X4" wire or 6X6" remesh cages around each tree. Lots of work but I hope this will give them a good start in the spring.
Also the brassicas in the plot are getting nailed right now. Hoping I can catch some feeding in the plot during rifle season that opens Saturday.
View up the fence row before trees
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View up the fence row after trees (probably can't see all 10).
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Couple of the PTTs that are now being chewed on.
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b116757

5 year old buck +
Got 10 crabs/apples in the ground this weekend along the top of my food plot....
(3) 30-06, (2) Crossbow, (2) Winter Gold, (1) Drop tine, (1) Wolf River, (1) 10 point.
All from Whitetail crabs (formerly Northern Whitetail crabs). Terry was awesome to work with and even helped me load the trees in a downpour when I picked them up.
All the trees were dormant and either had very few leaves or leaves that fell right off when touched.
Based on recommendations from Bowsnbucks and other members, I used widow screen around the bottom 18-30 inches of the trees and put limestone screening in about a 2' circle abut at least 3" deep around the base of the trees for rodent protection. Also put either 2X4" wire or 6X6" remesh cages around each tree. Lots of work but I hope this will give them a good start in the spring.
Also the brassicas in the plot are getting nailed right now. Hoping I can catch some feeding in the plot during rifle season that opens Saturday.
View up the fence row before trees
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View up the fence row after trees (probably can't see all 10).
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Couple of the PTTs that are now being chewed on.
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Sounds like a great project. I’ve considered ordering trees from them but for me the shipping was cost prohibitive. Idk if that was a function of my address or their shipping is always very high compared to other vendors. I understand that the size and quality of trees tends to be much better so it maybe worth it.
 

Derek Reese 29

5 year old buck +
Sounds like a great project. I’ve considered ordering trees from them but for me the shipping was cost prohibitive. Idk if that was a function of my address or their shipping is always very high compared to other vendors. I understand that the size and quality of trees tends to be much better so it maybe worth it.
all of the trees that i got had huge rootballs that still had soil stuck on them....some were 6-7' tall as well and thick near the graft....I can't speak to the shipping as I picked them up
 

chickenlittle

5 year old buck +
I’ll take a break from hunting Saturday to plant some pears. I’ve got 4 in pots that will go. 4 more I could transplant from nursery beds but the might wait another week if the weather holds or wait until spring if it freezes up.
 

White Oak

5 year old buck +
Sounds like a great project. I’ve considered ordering trees from them but for me the shipping was cost prohibitive. Idk if that was a function of my address or their shipping is always very high compared to other vendors. I understand that the size and quality of trees tends to be much better so it maybe worth it.
Shipping isn't cheap , $51.39 from Whitetail crabs to my southern location in zone 7 . However it is a really big box and the trees I receieved in 2020 and 2021 were by far the largest trees I ever receieved from a nursery online with a large root system. I will add they are super fast growers too. My only concern is to see how the drop times pan out since they come from Pennsylvania and I'm in Virginia. It cost $12-$13 dollars now to ship a little priority mail box !. So My advice would be to buy 5-6 trees to try to see how they do in your area, before the shipping goes even higher.
 

Bowsnbucks

5 year old buck +
Derek -

I hope that diagram I sent you helped in protecting your trees from mice and voles. That method has worked REALLY well for us. I learned it on here from Appleman and an orchard owner near our camp. The method isn't mine, so credit goes elsewhere!! Good luck with the new trees.

When did you plant your turnips?? They turned out pretty well.
 

Derek Reese 29

5 year old buck +
Derek -

I hope that diagram I sent you helped in protecting your trees from mice and voles. That method has worked REALLY well for us. I learned it on here from Appleman and an orchard owner near our camp. The method isn't mine, so credit goes elsewhere!! Good luck with the new trees.

When did you plant your turnips?? They turned out pretty well.
Hey Bows..thanks again for that diagram! I used your/Appleman's system on all of the trees but had to substitute some 2x4" 5' tall wire cages for the remesh on 3 of the trees (hated to do it but almost doubled up the 2x4 fencing as someone gave it to me for free pre-cut in like 13 foot sections and I couldn't justify the cost of remesh). For some of the trees that are farther out in the plot, I had to rip out some brassicas/clover/grains to get the weed fabric to settle down on the ground correctly. I also got it figured out that one 5 gallon bucket of the limestone screening will work per tree. The place I get them (penncoff) sells 5 gallon buckets for 3$, which is great for what I needed. I found that filling in around the graft union with the natural dirt, then putting down the black paper, then adding the window screen around the trunk and finally filling in with the limestone screening worked the best for me to get it as secure as possible. When all of the stuff was nearby, I could get a tree in the ground and secure in ~15 minutes! As of yesterday, all of the trees look great and no rutty bucks had knocked any cages over and the deer could care less that the trees are now taking up some space in the field. I even got video of some walking between the cages!
As for the turnips, they were planted the first week in august along with 3 kinds of clover. The grains (WR and WW) I planted later (mid to late August). I think it was the urea spread in early September, along with the 9" of rain in September that really helped that plot along (also we didnt get a frost till early Nobember). It is getting hit pretty hard right now, but mostly at night. I think late season might be really good if they leave it alone enough to make it till then, as even right now it is the only nutritious green food around for 3/4 of a mile. Thanks again for the help and advice!
 

Derek Reese 29

5 year old buck +
Shipping isn't cheap , $51.39 from Whitetail crabs to my southern location in zone 7 . However it is a really big box and the trees I receieved in 2020 and 2021 were by far the largest trees I ever receieved from a nursery online with a large root system. I will add they are super fast growers too. My only concern is to see how the drop times pan out since they come from Pennsylvania and I'm in Virginia. It cost $12-$13 dollars now to ship a little priority mail box !. So My advice would be to buy 5-6 trees to try to see how they do in your area, before the shipping goes even higher.
yeah im really fortunate to live close by and have the ability to go pick them up...i can drive to whitetail crabs and blue hill! gotta love living in North Central PA
 

Bowsnbucks

5 year old buck +
Good stuff going on at your place, Derek!! Glad to pass along any info that may be of help. I learned a TON from guys on here myself. Saved me a lot of grief.

I think next summer we need to get our turnips & radishes in earlier like you did. We got ours in earlier 2 years ago - 2nd week of August - and they got bigger than this year's plot. This year we planted them around the 12th of September, and they didn't get as big as we'd have liked before the deer started hammering them. Lesson learned !!!

Like you, Blue Hill Nursery is only 1/2 mile off my route to camp. Can't get much luckier !!!
 
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