So, I reasoned that by the time I got around to hunting this ridge, the white oak acorns would be falling like rain and the deer would want nothing to do with the chestnut oak.
As it turned out, I saw plenty of action that evening, but it was a real eye-opener to sit helplessly and watch the parade of white-tails feeding some 60 yards away below the huge chestnut oak I'd eschewed.
Based on the substantial sign, I should have been set up on that chestnut oak.
Hoping to salvage something out of my embarrassing mistake, I came back two days later and hung a second stand in a large hickory adjacent to the chestnut oak.
The typical pattern is for deer to feed in the yard much of the night and then before dawn, start to mosey up the mountain, picking at chestnut oak acorns as they go," said Feazell.
A six- and an eight-pointer came by first, followed by several does dining on chestnut oak acorns.
Inside a biosafety research laboratory at Fort Detrick, Maryland, ARS scientists have closely monitored the reactions of saplings of several common oak species, including white oak, Northern red oak, chestnut oak
, cherrybark oak, and coast live oak.
The crown passed on to other mighty chestnut oaks until one day in 1997, Arthur Stupka, Will Blozan, and Michael Davie discovered and measured our by-then kingly tree in the Smokies.
Secure from the tanners, loggers, and settlers, our chestnut oak quietly and consistently laid on wood as it entered the prime of its old growth.
The first of all national champion trees to be officially nominated was another chestnut oak growing near Suffield, Connecticut.
The biggest crowns of all are the forests-by-themselves canopies of a southern red oak (156 feet) in Thomaston, Georgia; a swamp chestnut oak (Quercus michauxii) (148 feet) in Fayette County, Alabama; and the co-champion live oak (140 feet) in Waycross, Georgia.