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2018’s Hickory Nuts are Almost Ready

The hickory nuts are just about ready to fall for 2018. The squirrels are up there eating them, so I know they’re about to fall! It will be a few more days until they are ready to fall. If the squirrels don’t eat them all.

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yo this is Ryan I am taking a little

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stroll in the woods near my house I’m

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doing the first check for hickory nuts

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super excited I will say this year I

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haven’t really been looking at the trees

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a lot of times I’ll walk around and

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check out the trees and this year this

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summer I didn’t so I’m pretty excited to

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thought I heard one falling pretty

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excited to come out here and just see

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how they’re doing

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okay so there’s a shag bark you can see

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this one happens to be so shaggy

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it’s literally peeling off

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I will sustainably harvest some of this

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bark off of a shagbark hickory I don’t

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over harvest but I know where there’s

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enough trees that I can pull a little

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bit off of each tree so if you want some

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hickory shagbark hickory bark smoke and

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I’m not talking about getting high I’m

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talking about smoking your meats man all

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right man look I’m investigating look

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what we got

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signs of debris I’ll tell you exactly

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what that is that’s a squirrel

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stealing my hickory nuts I’m just

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kidding the hickory nuts are there sue

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I’ll share I’ll be happy to share these

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with the squirrels now when they start

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hitting the ground denim not as happy so

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when you see this kind of debris laying

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around that’s really green and broken

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that means essentially that the nuts

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inside there are good enough to eat

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they’re probably they probably have a

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lot of tannins and they’re really hard

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to get to unless you’ve got big squirrel

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teeth and you know you are a squirrel I

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found that it’s really not worth the

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effort to get to those green nuts so

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what you see now is just the shells

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basically I mean there I heard one and

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when they do fall the squirrels are

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roaming the ground looking for those

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green ones and and prying them open and

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here’s one they’re busy over here the

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squirrels so you see what I mean

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you can’t really get to that you can’t

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get to it

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in a couple weeks when they start

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hitting the ground they’ll essentially

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just they’ll be so dry that they

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essentially just hit the ground

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crack open sometimes they’re so dry that

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they actually just break while they’re

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falling there and then you go around

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with your nut wizard and you just pick

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them up I’ll show you that when they

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start falling but today these hickory

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trees are not giving me edible food this

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is just not worth the time but the good

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news is that it seems like there’s gonna

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be a lot of eat green nuts up in the

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tree

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so I’ll come back and check on these in

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a couple weeks so for now what I’m going

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to do is spend my time mapping these

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trees

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I’m gonna try to build comprehensive map

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of shagbark hickory nuts in Adams County

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Pennsylvania that’s my goal

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I’m gonna do it mostly for myself but

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I’m just curious to see what kind of

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trees are out here where they are see

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them on a map and then I can when

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they’re numbered that I can keep a log

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of which ones produce in which years the

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yeah I’d be I happen to be blessed to

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live in a nice little stand of them I

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think whoever owned this property a long

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time ago purposely put them here I know

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that hickories like limestone and

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there’s quite a bit of our soils very

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alkaline here a couple nice Oaks – that

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is a timber quality right there I

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wouldn’t cut them down they’re beautiful

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but I don’t have a say this isn’t my

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property so I can’t say what’s gonna

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happen

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but I hope they’re never developed

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they’re putting houses in across the

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street over there and if they cut down

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these hickory trees I will weep and weep

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actually what I would do is probably

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scrounge all my asses together and just

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try to buy it try to buy the property

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put it into conservation I hear a rumor

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that these shagbark hickory you can

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actually put them into conservation I’m

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not saying that I’m after the money but

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I know that these can be protected

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there’s a I forget the species of the

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bat but I know that there is a

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relatively endangered bat that will

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actually make its home inside the bark

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up under the bark and

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I like that idea like that idea

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protecting the bats they live in the

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trees I don’t know what it is I just

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have an affinity for the hickory tree I

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don’t know why I have such an affinity

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but I never really thought of myself as

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a tree hugger but I guess I am okay well

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the good news is that there’s nuts up

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there in the trees the bad news is

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they’re not quite ready they’re gonna

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need another my guess is probably

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another week to ten days before they

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start being worth my time to come out

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here and harvest there’s no reason to

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try to take those holes off when you can

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just get your nut wizard and pick them

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up so I’ll be back out here check on

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these trees in another week or so

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and I’ll get some more footage peace

2 thoughts on “2018’s Hickory Nuts are Almost Ready

  1. You’re nuts!

    1. You bet! Nuts for Hickory Nuts! 🤪

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