White Oak

White Oak trees are of major importance to wildlife. The acorns are at the top of the food preference list for wood ducks, pheasants, some larger birds, rabbits, deer, foxes, and squirrels. Deer prefer white oak group acorns over red oak group acorns due to lower tannin content. Locate the White Oak trees on your hunting grounds and find out if they are producing acorns. Production is somewhat cyclic but when they put out they can really put out.

It would seem like the good years would be the best times to hunt these trees. But often if there are a large number of these trees good mast years can be bad for hunting because the deer will not have to move from tree to tree to feed and they can fill up in a relatively short period of time. But in years that they aren't that productive finding the one tree that IS producing can be the jackpot to some great hunting.

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