[NAFEX] deer eating persimmons?
lucky.pittman at murraystate.edu
Sun Jun 7 18:20:30 EDT 2009
At 12:19 PM 6/6/2009, Jerry wrote:
>Do deer eat persimmon trees? I've got about 6 real nice small
>trees. We have heavy deer pressure. To my surprise, it appears
>they have not touched the leaves on the sprouts, which are about 4
>feet tall. I know they love the fruit. But it appears, from my
>experience, that they do not like the leaves. Is that true? Jerry
>in southern Indiana
The hooved rats here in southern west-central KY are not very
discerning - they'll eat new growth on young persimmons - they
especially like the new shoots on the current year's grafts (GRRRR!)
- as well as apples, pears, mulberries, pecans, hickories.
I knew I didn't kill enough of the damned things last winter, but
I'll work a little harder at it next time around. Took me about a
grand total of 20 minutes 'hunting' to bag 3 big does. I'll spend at
least an hour at it this fall.
Louis L. "Lucky" Pittman, Jr., DVM
Veterinary Pathologist/ Dept. Chairman
Murray St. Univ.-Breathitt Veterinary Ctr.
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