BOLSTER THE YIELD: Fruit Trees and Fertilizer
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.