Traditional Archery Discussions on the Leatherwall

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Messages posted to thread:
olddogrib 22-Nov-22
Bill Hofstetter 22-Nov-22
Stykbw13 22-Nov-22
Ragnall 22-Nov-22
fdp 22-Nov-22
Joey Ward 22-Nov-22
George D. Stout 22-Nov-22
Wayne Hess 22-Nov-22
Boker 22-Nov-22
Jack Whitmrie jr 22-Nov-22
Mpdh 22-Nov-22
oldbow 24-Nov-22
MCNSC 24-Nov-22
Driver 24-Nov-22
jerrynocam 25-Nov-22
olddogrib 25-Nov-22
pondscum2 25-Nov-22
The last savage 29-Nov-22
bowhunt 29-Nov-22
olddogrib 29-Nov-22
Frisky 29-Nov-22
From: olddogrib
Date: 22-Nov-22

olddogrib's embedded Photo

What are these? A few weeks ago on my "walkabout" there were plenty of these fruits on the ground. At first glanceI thought they were immature persimmons as a cut piece had a faint sweet, fruity fragrance. They are a bit smaller than a golf or ping-pong ball. They're firm like an apple and not pulpy like ripened persimmons. They're not "thorn- apples" because I have those where I hunt. Today the deer had "hoovered" them all up and I had to shoot these out of the tree with my slingshot. There was a big, rubbed cedar right beside it and fresh scrapes coming to and from. The dried bean pod looking thing is not from the same tree, but it's included for bonus points if you can identify both!

From: Bill Hofstetter
Date: 22-Nov-22

The dried pods are from a Kentucky Coffee tree.

From: Stykbw13
Date: 22-Nov-22

Coffee beans. Hunt there!...shoot straight

From: Ragnall
Date: 22-Nov-22

The other looks like what I have always called a crab apple. It may have other names.

From: fdp
Date: 22-Nov-22

Looks like a crabapple to me as well.

From: Joey Ward
Date: 22-Nov-22

Honey locust pod and crabapples.

From: George D. Stout
Date: 22-Nov-22

What Joey Ward said.

From: Wayne Hess
Date: 22-Nov-22

Honey Locust pods can blow aways in high wind, the tree should have thorns on most of times, and as saying goes the crab apple don’t fall far from the Tree.

From: Boker
Date: 22-Nov-22

I have heard of folks saying deer eat honey locust pods but I never had any luck with it here in the south.

From: Jack Whitmrie jr
Date: 22-Nov-22

I've watched them eat honey locust pods on 2 occasions, both times early December.

From: Mpdh Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 22-Nov-22

Round ones might be quints.


From: oldbow
Date: 24-Nov-22

They will gobble up those bbn locust pods in bad weather..if they drop on top of snow makes it a good place to wait for them..

Date: 24-Nov-22

After any acorns are gone deer will eat locust pods, property I used to hunt had quite a few, my favorite places to hunt in late season

From: Driver
Date: 24-Nov-22

Black locust pods are deadly to your dog. I almost lost a puppy that chewed on them.

Crab apple

From: jerrynocam Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 25-Nov-22

The round ones look like a bradford pear. We just moved to a new home and have one in our yard. The tree is full of these and they are about 3/4-1 inch in diameter. I looked the tree up because I’d not seen one before. I have lots of deer in my yard and they don’t seem to be interested in them.

From: olddogrib
Date: 25-Nov-22

Thanks for all the input. I've searched pics of crabapple and Bradford pear fruit and have to say it looks more like the pear. I could have been wrong about the deer eating them, but I was going on the abundance of scrapes/rubs in the vicinity. I saw no deer scat in the drop zone. Something likes them though, as there as still plenty clinging to limbs amongst the dried leaves and none on the ground. That may be a clue as well as location. This is the only tree of its kind right inside the wood line of an old grown- over agricultural field, near a homestead. I'll know for sure next spring from the flowers and smell if it's pear.

From: pondscum2
Date: 25-Nov-22

the honey locust pods are beloved by deer here. i've seen them walking through the woods gnawing on them like it was a big slab of jerky or a cigar in their teeth...

From: The last savage Professional Bowhunters Society - Associate Member
Date: 29-Nov-22

Funny,,,back east,deer gobbled every one up,I've hunted Nebraska for 6 years now,,deer in the area completely ignored them...1

From: bowhunt
Date: 29-Nov-22

I hunted around Paw Paw fruit when I lived in Southern Illinois.

Thier were not many around but you could find a few if you scouted hard.Thier was always deer scat around them ofcourse if you found one.They dropped fruit in the early to mid fall.

They were alot like pears.Not sure if thats what your finding.The pics you posted seem more round than the Paw Paw fruits I was finding as I remember.But that was like 35 years ago when I was finding Paw Paw fruit.So my memory is old to exact shape.Anyway maybe its paw paw fruit Richard?

Ask your legendary buddy Frisky he should know LOL.He's all knowing.

From: olddogrib
Date: 29-Nov-22

Yes, I was waiting for the wise one to chime in...but there's a difference between "all knowing" and "all telling", lol!

From: Frisky
Date: 29-Nov-22

Here in MN, crabapple trees are everywhere. In fact, a buck I'm watching travels down a trail we call Crabapple Trail.


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