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Best Shrub.?

Old 03-01-2004, 09:51 PM
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Default Best Shrub.?


lets do a little brainstorming....

I'd be curious what you all consider the best Shrub for your area - as considered for whitetail deer? When thinning/clearing/planting I think its very important that we consider shrubs for deer.

Please - everone list one that you are familiar with, and would prefer to have on your hunting property - If possible explain why you have come to your conclusions.

I'll Start -

I would consider Red Osier Dogwood the best shrub in my area - because it grows well on wet, clay soils & low Ph. It offers wonderful Winter browse for deer (not to mention cover for Rabbits and Berries for Grouse). It never exceeds 8ft in height - and can be grown in full sun or partial shade - Finally its Native to my area, and I feel the deer "target" stands of Osier as a proven local favorite.
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Old 03-03-2004, 07:32 PM
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How about a vine that works well all winter. "Honeysuckle". Deer in my area strip the vines right into spring. I can stand back and see a browse line in Febuary.
Hope you don't mind that I mentioned a vine instead of scrub.
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Old 03-07-2004, 08:31 PM
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Japanese Honeysuckle the deer love it. Also Barberry, Turkey deer love the berries and small game love the cover.
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Old 03-07-2004, 08:38 PM
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Highbush Cranberry or Serviceberry.
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