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Postby nobucks » Sun Jul 31, 2005 10:12 am

From what I have seen in the past is that at best whiteoaks put on every other year and reds every year for the the most part.Do you guys see some of the same things as this?I have been watching and it looks like the whites on our place are going to be slim to none this year.I have not looked at the redoaks so I realy dont know about them.
Looks like the foodplots and honeysuckle are going to be the early ticket for a bowhunt.What are you guys and gal's seeing in the way of acorns this year? :)
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Postby gtk » Sun Jul 31, 2005 7:22 pm

I've always heard the same thing, but searching around on the internet I found the following from ROBERT WATERS Wildlife Biologist USDA Soil Conservation Service:
Acorn production varies from year to year and from species to species. For example, white oak may produce a bumper crop of acorns one year; and black jack may produce practically none. The next year black jack may have a bumper crop and white oak may produce none. However, generally an individual oak, regardless of species, that produces a good crop of acorns one year also produces a good crop every year that is productive for that species. In other words, some individual trees are better producers of acorns than are other trees of that species.

I also found this from CT
http://dep.state.ct.us/burnatr/wildlife ... s/mast.htm
White oaks produce a very palatable, sweet mast every year and red oaks produce a bitter mast crop every other year. White oak acorns, because of their palatability, generally do not last through the winter, while red oak acorns remain available, providing a food supply during critical periods of scarce food.

And then an Illinois museum states
http://www.museum.state.il.us/exhibits/ ... /tree.html
White oaks begin to produce acorns when they are about twenty years old. The acorns are about 2.5 centimeters (1 in.) long. Acorns are produced in the Fall, and the number of acorns varies from year to year. Large numbers of acorns are produced every four to ten years. When the acorns fall to the ground, they are an important food for many kinds of birds and mammals.

And last but not least the Federal Database of plants & trees says this
http://www.fs.fed.us/database/feis/plan ... stics.html
White oak produces good acorn crops at erratic intervals. Good
crops have been reported at 4- to 10-year [148] and at 3- to 5-year

So, I have statements that say 1) Every Year 2) Every Couple Years, and 3) Every 4-10 year intervals.... I dont know which to believe ? Perhaps its each tree is unique ?

Sounds interesting enough for me to look around some more tomorrow.
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Postby iveygun3 » Wed Aug 03, 2005 7:34 pm

I say fertilize where You want to hunt and look for acorns early elsewhere, b/c there are to many varibles to the trees. I'm like nobucks, they may produce this year and not the next. just keep track of where your trees are and ckeck to see if a stand needs to be placed there or not.
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