So with that much time at it......give us your "top 10" lessons learned......
NEVER plant a tree without a tube or cage
ALWAYS stake cages down--for some reason deer love to maul mine
ALWAYS amend the soil you are planning to plant in just like with a food plot
I can GUARANTEE you if you plant an oak tree in amongst a thousand native oaks the deer WILL destroy yours only if they can
Sawtooth oak seedlings make the worlds best deer attractant
If you plant a tree out in the open, bucks WILL try to rub it
If you think it'll take you half a day to plant your trees, you can bet it'll take three to actually do it
A late freeze will always get your best apple crop
If you have morons for partners, they will bushhog down your trees---tube, cage, or not.
The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is today.