I have been out doing a little scouting the past 2 weeks in SC and big green acorns are already falling. We had a bumper crop last year. Any idea why they would be falling already? I cracked a few open and they were not rottened.
if i'm not mistaken, oak trees are pretty mysterious about their mast production. i'll have to look that up later.
seems to me there's no rhyme or reason as to why there might be a heavy mast one year, then a light one next year.
don't quote me on that. sometimes weird, stupid facts stick with me like that. [img]images/icons/smile.gif[/img]
i'll look up when they normally drop.
thanks, now you got my wheels turning.
i will say one thing. acorns are real over-rated in this part of the country. i've never set out to find oak trees because they attract deer. they just don't around here. i'd much rather sit around a corn field than seek out oak trees.
Well, after reading jimt's post I went outside and tried glassing the oak trees out back. I couldn't make out a thing in the trees but let me tell you that there is still thousands on the ground from last fall.
jimt, a friend of mine was asking me that same question while we were checking out honey locust trees oon our property a couple of weeks ago. I usually start glassing trees during mid to late August down here. We walked under a White Oak that a storm had blown a limb out of and I showed him the acorn knots on the limb. They were about the size of #2 shot at that time. Way too small to glass for yet.
It's probably a little early to see them well, wait another month or so. If I remember correctly, red oaks produce a crop every other year. White oaks produce yearly some years are heavy some light. You just have to find the trees that are dropping. You can put some triple 13 fertilizer around the trees in the early spring to help them produce a good acorn crop.
Do what Jtown said also, sometimes dropping them works. I also knew a guy who would sweep the acorns from parking lots and dump them under the trees he was hunting.
When you no longer see the bucks in the green fields or around the corn in the evenings it is time to hunt the oaks. Deer, especially bucks, will prefer the acorns over any other food source for its nutritional value as the rut approaches.