A couple of my friends here in Maine have chestnut trees in their yards which bear nuts. One of them has had some fun with the city arborist, putting some leaves, nuts and burrs in a big envelope and leaving them anonymously at the arborist's office, just to mess with him.
Another friend, who used to live in central Connecticut, had a couple trees on her property which also bore, and abundantly. Interestingly, even though there were abundant squirrels on the property it seemed like the squirrels had forgotten the nuts are good to eat.
This month's issue of Fur, Fish and Game (4/19) has a reader letter (which refers back to another reader letter in the 2/19 issue) in which the reader notes "It is also necessary to protect the saplings for 10 years to prevent mice and rabbits gnawing the lower bark, deer rubbing the higher bark and eating the buds."