The Vertical Food Plot



Now the most widely planted chestnut tree in America, the blight-resistant Dunstan Chestnut tree bears nuts in only two to four years and produces more high quality nutrition per acre than any oak species or hybrid. It has a regular annual bearing (no skipped years like all oak species) and excellent production — 2,000+ lbs./acre or more. One tree will bear 10 to 20 lbs. of nuts by the time it is 10 years old, which is before most oaks even start to produce.

High in carbohydrates (40%) and protein (10%), the sweet-tasting nuts and have no bitter-tasting tannin like oaks, which make them irresistible to deer. Dunstan Chestnuts bear crops for 50 to 100 years or more, with no replanting, providing an excellent, cost-efficient way for attracting and holding deer on your property. Because of its ability to adapt to different slopes, soil types and locations, the tree can be planted in more sites than annual food plots.

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Joe Byers
Joe Byers has more than 1,000 magazine articles in print and is currently a field editor with Whitetail Journal, Predator Xtreme, Whitetails Unlimited, Crossbow Revolution, and African Hunting Journal magazines. He’s spent the last three decades depicting the thrill of the chase and photographing the majesty of all things wild. Byers is a member of the Professional Outdoor Media Association and numerous other professional and conservation organizations.