Chestnut trees

Discussion in 'Deer Hunting' started by Nock, May 4, 2014.

  1. Nock

    Nock 12 pointer

    Sep 9, 2012
    butler co
    I was at Walmart today looking around and noticed they had chestnut trees for sale. From what I read the wildlife really like them. Be good around your food plots. From what I read about them they make more mast than acorns. And produce on a more yearly basis. May pick up a few. Sorry didn't look at the price.
    Last edited: May 4, 2014
  2. silentarcher

    silentarcher 6 pointer

    Feb 27, 2013
    west ky
    The places I've found them the deer absolutely love them!! Normally will hit these before acorns.
  3. elkaholic

    elkaholic 12 pointer

    Jan 12, 2012
    Pendleton County
    But how many years before they produce fruit after planting?
  4. Nock

    Nock 12 pointer

    Sep 9, 2012
    butler co
  5. 2tonyb

    2tonyb 6 pointer

    Apr 28, 2013
    Do you know if they were "regular" American Chestnuts or grafted blight resistant American Chestnuts, or Chinese Chestnuts?
  6. hilljack

    hilljack Spike

    Oct 31, 2004
    Dunstan's from native nurserys. Small 3 to 4 feet were 19.99 and large were 29.99 in Alexandria wolly
  7. Xcal1ber

    Xcal1ber 12 pointer

    Jul 16, 2011
    Couple ridges over
    I read an article about them from Dr. Deer, and he said that deer prefer them 100 to 1 over white oak acorns. Sounds like a man should plant a few of them.
  8. kyarcher

    kyarcher Cyber-Hunter

    Dec 12, 2001
    Garrard County, Ky
    I planted 50 Sawtooth Oaks about 15 years ago that were suppose to produce in 6-7 years and haven't seen the first acorn from them!! Have to admit the soil where I planted them was probably worst than Moon dirt!! Out of the 50 I planted only 6-7 actually survived.
  9. trust me

    trust me Troubled Loner

    Nov 27, 2004
    Jerkwater, KY
    So they're pure 100% native American Chestnut? Good luck getting them to live long enough to bear.
  10. Buford

    Buford 12 pointer

    Mar 15, 2006
    Zone 1 bachelor heaven
    Ahhh, there's no optimism like that of a man with a new tree.
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  11. Grey

    Grey Spike

    Nov 15, 2013
    Nock you have a PM. I am interested in some of those trees myself.
  12. timer

    timer 8 pointer

    Feb 20, 2013
    La Grange
    We really appreciate the post. We picked-up five of them this afternoon, and when I get back home on Friday I may get about five more....

    We planted four English walnut trees two years ago and they have done great. We look forward to planting the chestnuts and watching them grow.
  13. Iceman35

    Iceman35 12 pointer

    Oct 27, 2008
    Boone County
    I heard or read somewhere a few years ago that they were developing a blight resistant version of the American Chestnut, and were planning on bringing it to market soon. I don't know if this is the case with the WM trees, but I can't imagine a nursery selling trees to WM or anyone else that they know are going to die.

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  14. Nock

    Nock 12 pointer

    Sep 9, 2012
    butler co
    Yeah they are blight resistant.
  15. buckfever

    buckfever 12 pointer

    Oct 25, 2002
    Harrods Creek Ky, USA.
    I planted 2 Dunstan chestnuts last spring. Both were about 3'. One is doing well, but the other is struggling. Both still alive though. 98% American Chestnuts with 2% Chinese Chestnut. Apparently blight resistant. No way they'll be producing anything in the next 10 years. I've never seen a producing American chestnut, but the deer go berserk over Chinese chestnut nuts.

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