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beech
It's been a banner year for beech, he
said.
"Pretty much wherever you find
healthy beech trees this year, you will
find an exceptional crop of beechnuts,"
Gustafson said. "These nuts are highly
preferred food for everything from
grouse and squirrels to turkeys, deer
and bear. Throughout the state, we're
documenting beechnut crops far beyond
anything seen in the past decade, maybe
even longer."
This fall's acorn crop also is surprising
some people.
"Many areas last year had bumper
crops of red-oak-group acorns, and typically you would expect in the following
year there would be lower production,"
Gustafson explained. "However, even
areas that reported bumper crops last year
are seeing at least decent red-oak-group
acorn crops this year. And many areas that
didn't see red oak acorns last year have a
better-than-average crop this year."
White-oak-group tree yields have been
a little less predictable, but hunters who
find acorns beneath white and chestnut
oaks are likely to find other white-oakgroup trees in that area producing acorns
8

white oak
in good numbers, Gustafson said.
For deer hunters who are interested in
concurrent bear hunting in the firearms
season, hickory-nut crops are being
reported as widespread and very heavy,
Gustafson said.
"Squirrels and bears are known to favor
hickory over many other foods when they
are available, and this year they are available in great quantity and are widespread,"
Gustafson said.

FANTASTIC YIELDS

Gustafson also was quick to point out
that Pennsylvania's summer provided an
exceptional growing season for native
plants.
The availability of that forage surely
provided timely nutrition to growing
fawns, nursing does and adult bucks
growing antlers.
Followed by substantial hard- and softmast crops, deer are heading into firearms
season healthy and with plenty of feeding
options.
Equally enormous is the corn crop.
It would've been hard not to notice
the way cornfields flourished everywhere
this past summer. And in August, the U.S.



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