If you ask my wife, a patient man I am not. It may seem obvious to some that it will take a while for apple trees to produce after they are planted. After planting two trees four years ago, I had almost given up on the possibility that apples would ever fall from my plantings. During that time, one of the two trees planted had died, which required planting of a third.
But, finally this is happening! My oldest tree produced apples this year. Only a half dozen or so, but apples indeed. Given the grand scheme of of deer management, tonnage is always a focus when enhancing forage, putting in plots, etc. Apples are not the way to go if your focus is strictly on tonnage. However, diversity is where apples help your deer management plan. You can bet as these trees mature, this will be a seasonal stop for the whitetails. Deer love apples, so hopefully they love the half dozen this year and effort it took to provide them. I know my satisfaction learning they produced was almost as good as arrowing my buck last October. Well, not quite as good.
Andy Hayes is a devoted husband and father of 4 kids living in West Central Indiana. Outside of his family, his passion is hunting whitetails. He does not claim to be a professional hunter, but simply wants to share what he learns during his quest to improve whitetail habitat and hunt mature bucks.