5 year old buck +
Had a disappointing trip to my farm last week. Several Chestnut and Centennial crabs that had 40 or 50 apples on them as of 2 weeks ago were found barren with severe limb damage. I am using the usual protection of 5 foot fence/lumite/window screen. My assumption is that raccons climbed the fence into the tree and had a party. I am an absentee landowner, so consistent trapping is not an option. Interestingly, my neighbor is a very famous coon hunter and trainer of coon dogs, so rumor has it that the locals all release their trapped coons on his property. I also have tremendous raccoon habitat. I have read about maybe using smaller cages (my lowest scaffolds are getting above deer height) with 24" flashing around the cages a foot off the ground. Anyone have any experience with this? All help is appreciated.