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post #21 of 23 (permalink) Old 09-29-2019, 03:23 PM
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Originally Posted by dce View Post
Very True.However,One major reason is that oak is a much more highly preferred browse species than red maple,although red maple is preferred.Fire suppression is also another season.If you doubt deer aren't a major reason,I can show a shelter wood cut that was regenerating oak like mad until three deer got into it.Within a year,you couldn't find an oak sapling and every stump sprout had a defined browse line.The red maple took over and the deer hardly touched it.I was so amazed that I took R.S.B. to see it and he has pictures.It was 70 acres and that equates to about 27 dpsm.In poor habitat,the oak doesn't stand a chance,hence the reason for fences.
Makes sense.

Deer seem to get inside these fences quite a bit.

What do you all think the main way is that they get in?

And what is the best way to get them out?

At one place in our area the guy has deer inside his fences even though there isn't much browse there.

And nearby he has big food plots with loads of clover and other goodies.
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post #22 of 23 (permalink) Old 09-30-2019, 10:38 AM
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Usually from trees falling on them.About the only way to get them out is to shoot them.
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post #23 of 23 (permalink) Old 10-17-2019, 08:25 AM
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15 years ago I noticed many new oaks growing on a flat that was mostly cherry and maple. A friends son and I cleared that flat of most of the Cherry and maple, and left the Live, Red and White Oaks to grow. Currently have been cleaning out the Birches that are popping up. Some day if left to grow it will be an awesome oak flat.

Another area has a relatively young stand of Reds and Whites. Cleared all the junk and undesirables from there for firewood this year.

The birches seem to be trying harder than the Maple to take over on my place.

For many years I gathered acorns from a colossal stand of Red Oaks and spread them around my place.
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