should I cut this red oak down

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  1. ojibwa62

    ojibwa62 12 pointer

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    Both of these trees the one on the left a red the one on the right a white oak are huge, you can't get your arms around either one.. The problem is the red has some dead limbs and is crowding the white which looks the be very healthy. I am thinking of taking the red down so the white will have more room..

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  2. Bee

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    If both are that big and mature l might leave both there . trouble is you never know which one will die first or get knocked down And both look sound in the pictures. Is the white producing lots of mast now?
     
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  3. Strutter

    Strutter Cyber-Hunter

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    I'd leave them. Seems like they alternate years of having good mast crops so if you leave em' both, the critters will have acorns every year.
     
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  4. kyoutdoorsman

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  5. ojibwa62

    ojibwa62 12 pointer

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    No mast this past year and didn't see and flowers on it this spring, I have 5 other big whites and two of them will produce this year.. The red did last year.. The red has quite a few dead small limbs on it..
     
  6. carnivore

    carnivore 12 pointer

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    Id wait till nature tells you what to do. Don’t sweat the dead limbs yet. The longer you wait the more obvious the answer will be.
     
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  7. kyhunter99

    kyhunter99 8 pointer

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    Dont deer prefer red?
     
  8. ojibwa62

    ojibwa62 12 pointer

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    The actually prefer white because they have less tannins.. But tannins preserve the acorns and make them last longer once on the ground, so reds can become a preferred food source late season while the whites that didn't get eaten or germinate rot..

    Recognized by Preferences.

    White Oak: Low tannic acid level makes this the sweetest of all acorns. Generally, they produce a heavy mast crop every third year and a decent crop every year.
    Pin Oak: Low to medium tannic acid level. Typically produces a crop every other year.
    Water Oak: Low to medium tannic acid level. Typically produce a crop every year.
    Red Oak: Medium tannic acid level. Deer usually won’t feed entirely on red oak acorns because of their bitterness.
    Black Oak: Produces a crop every other year. Medium to high tannic acid level. Usually a good spring food after winter thaw.
    Bur Oak: This is a very large acorn with medium to high tannic acid level. The large size makes them more attractive for consumption.
    Live Oak: Typically produces a crop every year. Lower in preference due to high tannic acid levels.
     
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  9. Dark Cloud

    Dark Cloud 12 pointer

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    They’ve made it for many years
     
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  10. littlebear

    littlebear 12 pointer

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    Personally I’d leave both. Plenty of room for both to produce good acorn crops for years to come. Like someone stated let Mother Nature do its thing.
     
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  11. riverboss

    riverboss 12 pointer

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    I would try fertilizer and try to get them healthy so they both live along time. There has to be something that will work.
     
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  12. Cornpile

    Cornpile 12 pointer

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    No,but its your tree. Deer eat acorns and its a mature tree that deer come to for food. Deer on
    your property know those trees as a food source.
     
  13. kyoutdoorsman

    kyoutdoorsman 10 pointer

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    If it's shade and cover leave it
     
  14. carnivore

    carnivore 12 pointer

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    Whats behind them? Maybe takedown a couple smaller trees behind them so they both can stretch their limbs out a bit. Clearing the brush (especially honeysuckle) around them will help as well. Deer can get to the nuts and the oaks wont get robbed of nutrients from the other trees and brush.
     

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