Good points! Thanks for the response and the good ideas.
My note only covered the English Oak effort and I agree it might fail completely. Fortunately we have other options.
Other forms of food on the property:
1: apple trees (when we find an apple tree in the woods, we chainsaw the other trees around it so that it can thrive. The trail cam shows deer standing on their hind legs to reach an apple. They are crazy for them.)
2: Kale field (this is a new experiment for us this fall - apparently the kale becomes sweet after the first frost)
3: clover fields
4: corn (fail: deer destroyed it before the cobs matured)
5: we have very few American Chestnuts, from seeds harvested from one survivor tree in Webster, NY. If I wanted to get some of the hybrids, I'm assuming the site to go to is http://www.acf.org/?
6: Red Oak trees (acorns tend to lay on the ground if the deer have something else to eat - so I think the red oaks are not a favorite).
7: Wheat - the deer tended to absolutely devour this in early summer.
About fencing: Thanks for the warning about chicken wire. Looks like I might need to buy a lot more of the welded fencing as I have about 40 oaks have only chicken wire or hardware cloth.
About Chinese Chestnuts, can you recommend a good source of seeds or saplings? Do they also require fencing?
Thanks again for the note,
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