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    The man who plants trees knowing that he will never sit in their shade, has learned the mean of life.
    Take the warning labels off. Darwin will solve the problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Snowwalker View Post
    The man who plants trees knowing that he will never sit in their shade, has learned the mean of life.
    Im attempting to do this in part because I know years from now the situation at my camp will be significantly different. We will without doubt have lost large portions of the land we currently hunt as its current owners will be gone and the properties will sell. Who knows whaty our new neighbours will think of hunting? My family owns enough land that as long as hunting is legal we can do so, but if me planting apples trees now enriches the hunting for my daughter or any potential grandkids or other family I have down the line then that matters to me.

    Im 33. I aint going to be able to crash through the bush in pursuit of deer forever. When im 75 I might just appreciate the deer coming to me. If I have a grandson or granddaughter harvest a deer going for a evening feed under that apple tree I'll be damn proud and sure to tell how the tree got there.

    Almost ten years ago I started tossing acorns all around our property. We now have oak trees coming up which we never had prior, providing another crop for the deer down the line which previously didnt exist. Did they come from me? I dont know.

    I mean, im also doing it because its fun and will improve the available food for the herd too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by alfoldivandor View Post
    Look the bright side of it .... You will not have to buy a bear bait ....

    Just need a good cooler with ice for the meat , and patience to wait for the bears to come ....

    Lot of people just see the problems ... And I see just the solution ....

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    Thats interesting. I will have to research how to prune in that manner. Thank-you again, your posts have been very helpful.

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    There are a variety of apple trees, Standard, Semi Dwarf and Dwarf.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaycee View Post
    There are a variety of apple trees, Standard, Semi Dwarf and Dwarf.
    No idea what the seedstock I have is. Its probably a standard, the tree is fairly large.

    Doing some quick reading it is apparently possible to prune to keep any variety low to the ground.

    At the very worst the trees I plant at my house will provide me with apples I can take to the camp. Its unlikely bears would ever get at those ones. The trees I plant at the camp probably wont make it to maturity but the cost is essentially free and what do I have to lose?

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    Quote Originally Posted by blasted_saber View Post
    No idea what the seedstock I have is. Its probably a standard, the tree is fairly large.

    Doing some quick reading it is apparently possible to prune to keep any variety low to the ground.

    At the very worst the trees I plant at my house will provide me with apples I can take to the camp. Its unlikely bears would ever get at those ones. The trees I plant at the camp probably wont make it to maturity but the cost is essentially free and what do I have to lose?
    The nice thing about apple is pruning will provide addition food source in the winter. A late winter prune not only improves apple production the following year it'll provide browse for deer and rabbit
    Time in the outdoors is never wasted

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    Pruning of Apple Trees is a must , a the saying goes, "good fruit on old wood will not grow ".

    If apple trees are not pruned, they get overgrown and the fruit although will be there it gets small and fewer on the trees.
    Unfortunately , apple trees are high maintenance , orchardists around here start pruning in the fall after harvest , all winter long during the dormant period, and also some summer pruning.
    My few trees keep me busy.
    Last edited by jaycee; August 10th, 2019 at 07:00 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blasted_saber View Post
    Im attempting to do this in part because I know years from now the situation at my camp will be significantly different. We will without doubt have lost large portions of the land we currently hunt as its current owners will be gone and the properties will sell. Who knows whaty our new neighbours will think of hunting? My family owns enough land that as long as hunting is legal we can do so, but if me planting apples trees now enriches the hunting for my daughter or any potential grandkids or other family I have down the line then that matters to me.

    Im 33. I aint going to be able to crash through the bush in pursuit of deer forever. When im 75 I might just appreciate the deer coming to me. If I have a grandson or granddaughter harvest a deer going for a evening feed under that apple tree I'll be damn proud and sure to tell how the tree got there.

    Almost ten years ago I started tossing acorns all around our property. We now have oak trees coming up which we never had prior, providing another crop for the deer down the line which previously didnt exist. Did they come from me? I dont know.

    I mean, im also doing it because its fun and will improve the available food for the herd too.
    That is kind of the meaning of the Proverb.
    Take the warning labels off. Darwin will solve the problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Snowwalker View Post
    That is kind of the meaning of the Proverb.
    I know.

    Just expanding upon it

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    Quote Originally Posted by blasted_saber View Post
    I know.

    Just expanding upon it
    I was just saying you are right on the money.
    Take the warning labels off. Darwin will solve the problem.

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