We planted 45 of the Dunstans here between 2012-13. Only 5 died, and they were in a very dry area. That's my fault for not watering them more. I used tubes/stakes and surrounded them all with 2"x4"x 4' tall welded wire and either grass mats or mulch on all but 2. I ran out of mats/mulch on them. We also used fertilizer spikes on them. 2 spikes per tree. I have to fence them in or the buck will tear them up and the deer will eat the leaves/shoots from the top of the tubes. The Persimmons are doing much better than I expected!! I didn't think they'd make it through our winters here in N.E. PA. The Crabapples I figured would do fine as we have other mature crabs here on the property. The Sawtooth Oaks are all growing. Some stronger than others. Our Branch will be having another tree sale in the Spring. We already have much interest and will be taking pre-orders soon!! Thanks.
- M. Koneski. Susquehanna Branch VP-PA
Chestnuts on a 5yr old Dunstan chestnut tree above just planted last year spring. All trees pictured are 5 yr old Dunstan chestnut trees spaced around 30' apart.
-J. Dixon, IL
3 year old Dunstan chestnut trees planted 2014. Photo taken Sept 2017
-L. Wilson - Michigan
Falls Mills, TN. Dunstan planted in 1994 and photo of chestnuts at harvest time.
were all taken over chestnut magic. We are field testing Browning
cameras and I am providing Chestnut magic to suck them into the sites.
It only takes a day and then plenty of action!
Bears like it too!
put Chestnut Magic out on a farm in NJ. You failed to tell me the deer
would incur injuries when I use CM!!! I have does knocking the pee-pee
out of each other trying to keep other deer from eating their CM! I had
one doe stand her ground when a young six point buck tried to get at it!
She ended up kicking him in the chin with an upper-cut. Awesome stuff!
I’m going to take my video camera out to tape the Friday night
fights. Where has this stuff been all my life?
- P. Fiduccia, NJ. Host/Author Woods N' Water's N.A. Big Game Adventures
-M. Thompson. 10 Year old Dunstan planted in Central GA
Dear Chestnut Hill
The four trees arrived Feb 2017 and I potted them up and all four are leafing out beautifully (Friendswood, Texas). Those are Tree-mendous size ONE YEAR trees - how do you get them four feet tall in a year?!
Anyway, your trees are very beautiful and healthy and should become great producers if I find them the right slightly acidic, well drained soil.
-D. Allen- Freindswood, Texas
Hi Bob - Just got back from
Ohio. I got a huge 8pt buck from a site
that was enhanced by Chestnut Magic. The Ohio Outfitter was greatly impressed
with the product. I took a case to put out and it drew in more deer in 2 days
than what his plain corn sites pull in in 2 weeks. The website is Bedrock Big
Bucks in Kingston, Ohio. He was very happy with the results from that as well.
Wanted to share this with you. Those boys in Ohio love the results of using
chestnut magic. I do too! (pic at top of page is Jim's buck!) Thanks
- J. Holbert, OH
Last year as I became acquainted with your company I cannot possibly express how thrilled & pleased I am with (# 1) the professional attitude from everyone I have conversed with, the absolute wonderful (amazing I should say) results that I have achieved from the products that I purchased, and my overall appreciation towards you folks for doing what you have done & are continuing to do for the environment,,, period! I gave a bag of the attractant to one of the Major Members of my hunt club & he placed it into a Feeder Trough for his deer to inspect. Two days later at the opening day of hunting season, he harvested an 8 point Buck that he had never seen on any of his trail cameras. I told him & everyone else (all 12 members) all about you folks...the products you have & the location to your business.
- R. Smith, Tampa FL
3 year old Buck and doe standing 3 year old buck and a doe standing in Buck Forage (Roland, AR) and eating Chestnut Magic.
The only attractant I have actually seen work!
-Dr. James Kroll, TX
I have to share this story with you.
I bought one bag of Chestnut Magic at Walmart and put it out on Thursday afternoon, just two days before Opening Day of the Texas (Youth Only) Early Season. I went back to the feed site the next day and nearly all the nuts were gone and the powder mix was eaten through pretty good. I didn't have time to run back into town and buy another bag, and I worried that the bag's attractant was completely diminished.
On Saturday night I took my 12-yr old grand daughter out for her first hunt, and the small pile of feed was pretty much thrashed. There was hardly anything left. But just before sundown, as we sat in our tree stand about 100 yards behind our house, I heard such a commotion that I honestly feared a small squad of men were walking through the woods heading towards our house. My first thought was "great, I have a bunch of bandits heading towards my wife and other grand kids (who were back in the house) and here I sit unarmed in a tree stand with just her 20 gauge pump and five slugs to defend ourselves with." I don't mind telling you that for a few minutes I was genuinely concerned.
Hoping they were merely poachers - or a group of young hunters - I leaned over and whispered to Madison, "make sure of what you're shooting at, because that sounds human to me. Deer just don't make that much noise." But whattaya know, a few moments later, up walked five deer! They were obviously so excited about the feed that they stomped their way through the woods.
Sadly my grand daughter was so excited she missed from less than 30'. But she was thrilled at the attempt, and is now hooked on hunting. And we're hooked on Chestnut Magic. I'll be buying more, and as soon as we move out to the property full-time I'll be buying some Dunstan trees to plant as well.
Thanks for helping make a wonderful memory that my granddaughter will never, ever forget. It was a special evening.
- C. Hames
These are the trees we planted December 2013. They are in 6' grow tubes.
- D McKenna Nuthouse Farms, GA
I'm impressed by the Chestnut
Magic products. We took a lot of good pictures of good buck and in short time.
I just have good things say about that product. I'll work this winter to help
you to sale it Canada.
- L. Broduer, Quebec
I have a couple bucks who have enjoyed jousting over the stuff. Here are a couple of the photos capturing their wrestling matches for who gets the chestnuts.
As a hunter
and student of the outdoors, I've tried several products over the years to
see what works best in my area. Most of my plantings receive the
standard, appreciable response, while most of the attractants (used primarily
to help with herd health and census studies) elicit little, if
any, response. I must say, the response to your Chestnut Magic
product has been truly impressive and began in less than 24 hours of site
preparation and implementation. The quantity of visitors is more than
double the number that I see at my other sites, receiving multiple
visits per day and night. Most products on the market will
work well in one place and not so well in others, but after recommending
your product to other hunters I know that hunt other properties, some more
than 100 miles away, the return response has all been the same.
Quick site response with multiple visits and some that hadn't responded to
their other camera locations before. An impressive product for sure and
one where the advertising may be understated (a rarity). Thank you for
your efforts in the product development of Chestnut Magic and I will definitely
look towards planting some Dunstan chestnut trees in the spring to add variety
to the mast offerings in my area.
and continued success!
- B.J Jensen
Thanks for great product and a great company behind it!
- J Moore, WI
"We have a big crop this year - at or near a record. We would easily break the record if we were not operating a deer feedlot."
- Greg, Commercial Chestnut Orchardist
Ohio, October 2011
This deer prefers the Chestnut Magic in the Redneck feeder on left over the competitions in the feeder on the right. Btw, he prefers the Chestnut Magic over the clover, alfalfa and chicory he's standing in too. Thanks for a great product and I can't wait for my Dunstan Chestnut trees to mature!
- B. Bernitt, IN
First pic was less then 3
hours after I saw you, I stuffed the chestnut Magic in the mouth of this tube
feeder, then he came back Sunday a.m
.for more. I dumped another bag on the ground on sat, you can see the tear away from bag at the base of the small
tree in middle of pic.
that stuff works fast, I'll be up soon tell Bob to hook me up and I'll buy a
few cases every so often, thanks!!
- W. Martinez, FL
Here is one of the fine bucks that I've captured on my trail camera and not a bad one in the background following this big buck after putting down your "Dunstan Chestnut Magic" from Chestnut Hill Outdoors!!
Thanks Great Product!!
- K. Maris, FL
A good buck checking out the Magic, then posing for the camera over the magic. No one has seen this buck since the season began.
This is Mark Longwell from Rochester NY. I know this is a late message. I wanted to send
this sooner but got so busy. Anyway, I wanted to take the time to thank you and your staff for
allowing me to visit your chestnut tree farm. It was so interesting to see the trees and listen to
the wealth of knowledge you have about them.
I have been speaking with James Cobb in Utica NY and he informs me that the 300 plus
Dunstans he planted are following script per your website. He says they do very well here and
this past harsh winter did not harm them at all. So with that said, I will be contacting Deb in
the near future to place a order for spring. It will not be the 640 trees I had planned however, I
think I will be going for approx. 324 trees.
Again, thank you for your hospitality.
A big Thank you to all of you at Chestnut Hill Outdoors that helped to make our QDMA tree sale a success with the reduced tree and freight pricing.
Thank you from the Susquehanna Branch.
- M. Sellers, PA
3 Year planting of Dunstan Chestnuts in central VA near Appomattox. 95+% survival.
- J. Kirk, VA
The photo is just ordinary without the story behind it. l am a wildlife conservation officer. In June of this year I was dispatched to a residence that was reported to have an illegal captive whitetail fawn in a fenced area behind the house. Upon investigation the individuals in possession of the fawn claimed to have rescued the fawn when the mother doe was killed by an auto. Even though their intentions where from the heart possessing a fawn is a violation of the game and wildlife code. Since their intent was not criminal, I merely seized the fawn and did not issue a citation. The lady that diligently bottle fed the fawn for three weeks was distraught, in tears, and heart broken when she learned the fawn would have to be seized. It is hard not to get emotionally attached to a bottle fed Bambi whitetail. Prior to this incident I would observe on a nightly basis a doe and two young fawns grazing in the corner of my hayfield. I promised the lady I would leave the seized fawn in the vicinity in which I kept seeing the grazing trio in hopes it would be adopted by the mother doe. I placed a trail camera in the area in an attempt to see if I could get a photo of the potential adoption. I checked the camera every morning for three weeks hoping to catch a photo of the doe with the seized fawn so I could prove to the distraught lady that all was well with her Bambi. Three weeks of nightly photos did not produce the result I was hoping for. One day
I was shopping in WalMart and came across the Chestnut Hill Chestnut Magic product. I thought I would give it a try. Bingo!! The second evening after placing only 2 cups of Chestnut Magic in view of the camera I got the photo I was waiting for, the doe with her two fawns and the adoptive third. The seized fawn was placed in the vicinity while she and her new siblings were still in spots. As can be seen from the photo all the fawns are beyond their spot phase and appear to be very healthy. The adopted fawn in on the right. The best was yet to come when I delivered the photo to the lady. She was in tears after viewing the photo knowing her fawn was successfully returned to the wild. Thanks to Chestnut Magic for getting me that photograph.
- M. Lubich, PA
The deer in the photos above were taken at the Black's Orchard in Pike County, IL.
The Black's Orchard tree pictures below were taken in June 2011.
"We planted Dunstan Chestnuts on our farm in Pike County, Illinois in 1999. They have grown tremendously, even in this cold climate. We harvest many deer from the land each year. The trees are bearing 2,000 lbs/acre after only 10 years. The deer destroyed the chicken wire cages we built around all the trees trying to get to the nuts. We have had to put up an 8' deer fence to keep them from eating all of our nut crop!"
- Dale and Linda Black, Pike County IL
I was harvesting only 10,000 lbs from my 500 12-15 year old trees picking up nuts every other day. When I went to picking up nuts every day, my harvest jumped to 26,000 lbs! The deer were eating 2/3 of my crop every night!!
- R.T., NC
We planted Dunstan Chestnuts in the Blue Ridge in the early 1990s. We sell all we can grow, but the bears break branches out of the trees to eat the nuts. We have to keep a person up all night in the orchard during harvest season to keep the bears away.
- Wilson Orchards, VA
Our Dunstan Chestnuts are planted on 20' centers and now over 40' tall, planted in 1994.
- Delmarvelous Orchards, DE
3 Year old Dunstan Chestnut in 1000 tree Orchard in Kentucky
-Borrowed Acres Farms Sylacauga, AL
"We planted 62 Dunstan Chestnuts in 2000, along with 800 Collosal, Marigoule and Maraval chestnuts at our farm in northern Connecticut. We are surrounded by American chestnuts in the nearby forests, both dead trees and suckers re sprouting from the roots, so there is a lot of blight. All 800 of the other chestnuts have died, but we have not lost a single Dunstan Chestnut. This year (2010) we harvested 400 lbs of nuts from the 62 Dunstan trees. They produce beautiful, mostly large nuts."
- B. Luginbuhl, Little Pops Popcorn, Ellington, CT
I have been wanting to thank you for a while...I ordered seedlings that arrived last spring. I can't believe how they have done. Almost doubled their size in one growing season...and after traveling all the way to Ohio. I was not sure at first they would even leaf out...but then they just took off. The soil here is not the greatest, and perhaps on the alkaline side. But despite this it is the very best mail order nursery stock I have ever received, and bare root too! How did you do it? I am a horticulturist and have never had such luck with any mail order stock, ever. Thanks a bunch, I am so pleased.
- M. King
Last spring, you shipped six Dunstan Chestnuts to my home in south Saint Louis. The seedlings you sent are doing extremely well. Most are now around 4 ½ feet tall, while two are over 5 ½ feet tall, sticking out of the grow tubes! I’m very pleased that they seem to have adjusted well to their environment, which is adjacent to a forested area on soil that is rocky and mostly clay. Do you have any special instructions regarding how to protect them for the winter? I plan to place at least an inch of fresh mulch around the grow tube bases, but that’s about all I thought might be necessary. I’d greatly appreciate any advice. Thanks…I may be putting in a second order, depending upon how much land I can clear and manage.
- D. Miyazaki, MO
To Whom It May Concern -
I planted the 10 chestnut trees I bought two weeks ago. To say the least, the care with which those plants were packed and shipped gave me the sense that I had something truly special. Each one felt quite alive as I held them.
I own 78 acres in the Berkshires - a place where the chestnut once reigned supreme! I planted these trees in an open spot in the forest in hopes of reintroducing this tree to where it belongs.
I'll get another 10 next year! Thanks and have a great summer!
- B. Meier, Great Barrington, MA
I received my Chestnut trees. They look so healthy. Just wanted to let you know I have ordered trees over the internet before and been very disappointed in their packing/shipping process. This order was packed very well and the trees were kept moist and damage free and look healthy. I look forward to their growth and more purchases from Chestnut Hill Outdoors.
- T. Leslie
purchased 5 Dunstan's from you this spring. They arrived here in NY in
April and I got them in the ground the next day. I planted them and
mixed peat moss with the local soil, put 4' tree shelters around them,
sprayed the competing vegetation, watered them through our drought 2 to 3
times a week and in June I watered with a weak solution of miracid.
- Bob, NY
My Walmart trees already have nuts, even after a hot and dry summer!!
- F. Day
My property is North of Baton Rouge, LA on the Louisiana/Mississippi State line. I planted 50 American Persimmon trees from Real Tree Nursery this spring. I ordered 50 trees and all 50 trees survived, I was amazed. I will plant another 50 trees this coming spring of another variety.
- T. David, LA