BOL­STER THE YIELD: Fruit Trees and Fer­til­izer

Modern Pioneer - - Whitetail -

An easy way to man­age land for white­tails is to fer­til­ize fruit trees in late win­ter or early spring that you in­tend to hunt near in fall. A qual­ity fer­til­izer mix ap­plied this time of year will make your fruit tree the most al­lur­ing in the area for miles, and deer will know it. I’ve seen it time af­ter time: Fer­til­ized trees draw deer when there are dozens just like it within sight and drop­ping fruit at the same time. They can taste the dif­fer­ence in one that has been fer­til­ized and one that has not. They’ll visit the fer­til­ized tree first.

By ap­ply­ing fer­til­izer all around the limb line of your cho­sen tree, ev­ery plant and vine in the area will ben­e­fit from the min­er­als ap­plied, which, in turn, will make them more palat­able to the brows­ing deer in the area. Ev­ery win­ter and spring, I ap­ply about 2 gal­lons of 13-13-13 fer­til­izer to trees that I hunt. My ef­forts have been proven worth­while.

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