Pecans and Deer
Most of my plantings are part of a wildlife management program. I know most of you see wildlife as something that you must put up with and share your crop with, but you probably have the experience I need.
We have lots of hickory trees on our farm. They are largely ignored by wildlife except squirrels because they are so hard to crack. I recently discovered that you can graft pecans to hickory.
When I ask the hunting folks about pecans and deer I get completely opposite opinions. Some say deer walk past pecans and completely ignore them. Others say they come running for them.
As I started to think about this, it dawned on me that not all pecans are created equal. Some have shells that my be to hard for deer to crack. I'm sure some depends on what other foods are available.
I just started my grafting this spring. Based on the little information I could find, I settled on Kanza and Pawnee as my first varieties. My first criteria is that deer will readily use them. My second criteria was disease resistance. Unlike many of you, I won't be spraying these trees at all. That is what drew me to Kanza and I picked Pawnee as a pollination partner.
So, I'd like to hear from you. What varieties do you folks thing deer use the most. That is what I'd like to hear first. After that, I can narrow it down based on disease resistance, productivity, and other characteristics.
Thanks in advance!