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I am clearing out several acres of land that have gone from corn field to 6 to 8 inch black locusts and yellow poplars over the last 15 years or so and piling up the tops in brushpiles for rabbits. I want to replace them with whitetail attracting trees and shrubs. I thought about apple trees but they cost money:( The DNR in Indiana has crab apple trees for almost free. Would they do a very good job of attracting whitetails? Any other suggestions on what I should plant?
 

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You should be able to buy some trees pretty cheap there. I planted crab apples and the deer always seem to go after they freeze a couple times. In fact I have 20 in the ground now and plan on making another field of just them.

Maybe even think about a small food plot as well;) Clovers are generally a good bet for deer. Just my 2.........marty:D
 

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They will work for attraction deer and other animals. You need to protect them from all the animals.
 

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My conservation district provides sargent crabs for that purpose. They are real small and require protection. Baileys sells the expanded plastic protectors real cheap, they are slao biodegradable.

The protectors do a pretty good job until the trees get bigger. The down side is the bears pull them off to play with them. I've found them scattered around my property, up to 1/4 mile away from where I had them protecting elderberry's. Not much works for stop bears.
 

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Thanks for the input. The DNR sells flowering crab apples for $32 a 100 so that ought to take care of it. Yogi says -Hey Boo-Boo no bears in our neighborhood, so that shouldn't be a problem.
 

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Bears, now that is a problem. I had a bear tear limbs off of an apple tree in front of my cabin. The tree only had 4 or 5 apples on it. When my other apple trees start to produce I will need to do something. Thinkng on an batt. power elec. fence, anyone tried that to keep the bears out? Any other ideas?
 

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goggleye do some research. I'm sure if your crab apple trees take you can graft normal apple limbs into the crabapple. All they use is suckers off a good apple tree. I have witnessed one apple tree giving off 3 diffrent types of apples by grafting. I'm not sure if you can get this info from the net but I'v viewed it in book form. good luck.
 

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That would be interesting to try. I guess All you need is beeswax, cotton twine and a sharp knife. And of course some apple branches.
 
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