5 year old buck +
I wish someone would have stopped me years ago when I had this foolish idea that fruit trees would be a nice addition to my land. I thought protecting them from the deer was tough enough. The bears will rip your heart out and crap it out every chance they get. I had several dolgo crabapples loaded with fruit last week. Last night the bear decided he needed some fruit in his diet and ate virtually everyone of them. That would be no big deal, but he proceeded to break almost every branch off the tree. Unless you want to keep your trees protected with electric fencing. Your NOT going to stop the bears. This is the 3rd year in a row this has happened. The bears ignore them until the fruit gets...almost ripe.