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Apples for the late season

RedCloud

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I just thought I would share a little secret I learned about this year..actually in the past few weeks.

If you are able to get your hands on some apples and want to use them for the deer and don't know how to keep them for extended periods of time to use later in the season. I would suggest taking the apples and cutting them in thin pcs. and dehydrating them. When you take them out to your locations just crush them up a bit and dump them on the ground. I have done this and have found the pile of dehydrated apples gone in no time. Seems they like them just the same.
 

RedCloud

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I'm not sure. I try and sort the rotted and good ones and I normally have some untill X-mas. But I bet a bag over the snow at the end of Jan. would be killer!
I don't think I will come close to your 3 TONS but I have put out about 125 lbs so far in the past couple weeks. I just picked up a 39gallon bucket full lastnight and took about 40-50 pound back out today.

After seeing how well they hit it now I would say your bet would be a money maker :D.
 

hickslawns

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I don't know much about grain dryers either, but I would imagine the farmers are busy filling up their storage bins with corn/beans right about now. :smiley_bril:
 

RedCloud

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I don't know much about grain dryers either, but I would imagine the farmers are busy filling up their storage bins with corn/beans right about now. :smiley_bril:
I would bet your right lol. I know the farmers around here are starting to ramp up and get everything done in a hurry lol. I seen 2 combines with 3 wagons right next to each of them working a bean field yesterday. I haven't been out today to see if any new fields have been picked or if any of the corn has started to fall. I figure if the corn hasn't yet it won't be but a few days behind.
 

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Beans have got to come off first, then corn (corn can stand til Jan really).

Apples in a dryer just wouldn't be good, and no - that's not job security - THANKFULLY I am back to college before service calls start on dryers. They can be a pain in the ass to work on. Too small and most are pretty picky. This summer we spent 8 hours on one changing four bearings (two on the top, two on the bottom). For the bottom ones, I was laying on a one foot by 4 foot floor section, with 1 inch dividers sticking up every eight inches...in 10 years of shit, waiting for a rat to come out at my face....and that was for about 2 hours of the 8.

Not much room in there and you feel like a caged animal.


My last couple days of work I reskinned one at the shop...I was like F it its my last week, I'm going to use all the new air tools and take my time...didn't get it done either :D
 

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One thing to add, about the apples. I've not had any luck with apples in a pile. I put some out last fall, in a pile and they went untouched for 4 days. There were tracks around the pile, but the apples remained in place.

At the end of the 4th day, when I got down out of my treestand, I kicked the apples all around in a 15 yard radius. During the next 2 days all of the apples were gone.

Piles of apples are not natural...and apparently the deer know it. :smiley_chinrub:

Good hunting, Bowhunter57
 

cotty16

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One thing to add, about the apples. I've not had any luck with apples in a pile. I put some out last fall, in a pile and they went untouched for 4 days. There were tracks around the pile, but the apples remained in place.

At the end of the 4th day, when I got down out of my treestand, I kicked the apples all around in a 15 yard radius. During the next 2 days all of the apples were gone.

Piles of apples are not natural...and apparently the deer know it. :smiley_chinrub:

Good hunting, Bowhunter57
I found this out recently. The deer were tearing up the corn and acorns I put out. Apples went untouched. I did the same thing. Kicked them around, threw a few here and there, then they were gone next time I went in. Very weird.
 

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After watching the BEC livecam of deer on apple piles i think i may have a theory for why you guys aren't seeing many eaten. Deer are food territorial and they love apples. One big doe will stand at the pile and take her time eating apples. If another get close she kicks, and runs them off. By spreading them out the others get to eat also. Basically if you have 6 deer come in and one doe is eating it may take a bit for you to realize the pile is dwindling. But if you spread them out and the others eat too; the apples disappear 5x faster. Swoonie was running a monster apple pile last year.. One old buck was coming in almost every night. A couple nights he would come in and eat. Then bed about 20 yards away. Next picture would be some deer walking up to the apples with that bedded bucks eyes shining in the background. Then the next pic, the buck was up and by the pile. He ran that other deer off.. Them's my apples biotch!.
 

RedCloud

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After watching the BEC livecam of deer on apple piles i think i may have a theory for why you guys aren't seeing many eaten. Deer are food territorial and they love apples. One big doe will stand at the pile and take her time eating apples. If another get close she kicks, and runs them off. By spreading them out the others get to eat also. Basically if you have 6 deer come in and one doe is eating it may take a bit for you to realize the pile is dwindling. But if you spread them out and the others eat too; the apples disappear 5x faster. Swoonie was running a monster apple pile last year.. One old buck was coming in almost every night. A couple nights he would come in and eat. Then bed about 20 yards away. Next picture would be some deer walking up to the apples with that bedded bucks eyes shining in the background. Then the next pic, the buck was up and by the pile. He ran that other deer off.. Them's my apples biotch!.
I had a doe bed down right next to the pile one night. Made for a cool pic.