WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST? It’s common to find remnants of prior “work” from a much more gnarly pruner up in an old apple tree. You can always tell when a black bear has been in one. He sits in one spot and feeds the fruitful branches to hisContinue Reading

WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST? After looking at hundreds of planted and wild apple trees over the last several months, I’ve noticed something consistently about bear damage. Damage to the branches–regardless of where the fruit is–seems to mostly be at the top. Maybe it’s because bears feel most comfortableContinue Reading

WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST? This season I got a chance to hunt the Shawangunk Ridge. I have never seen so much bear sign in my life. I must have crossed (no exaggeration) about a dozen bear tracks. Seemed like more bear than deer! Some were small, some medium,Continue Reading