I make a lot of cider runs to the Apple Barn (closed Sundays) this time of year. Two teens get off the bus at my place and the first thing they raid is my cider stash.
Tom came up with an excellent idea. Trees that are pruned and sprayed tend to have much larger fruit. It would be difficult for a deer to get the large apple in its mouth, especially if the fruit was still on the tree. It would be like bobbing for apples.
Perhaps, one more visit would put this old mystery to bed. “I have three in the barn lot now,” said the wildlife rehabilitator.
I had two Courtland apples in my pocket and a knife. The fawns went to and ate the wedge shaped pieces. I tossed the whole apple in the pen and one fawn pinned it against the ground and ate it. Yet, three other apples lay in the lot untouched. They looked like red delicious.