The Wildlife Pecan tree produces a thin, papershell pecan which attracts many species of wildlife. Pecans have a very distinctive nutty taste that is attractive to birds and wildlife animals. The shelled pecans can be broken into perfect halves allowing wildlife grazers a high food value yield without much effort. Pecans are favored by squirrels, possums and raccoons that can feed them abundantly for several months into the winter, and even rabbits will eat papershell, seedling pecans after they fall from the tree.
• Most pecan nuts fall from the tree during the fall period and can be eaten on the ground by wildlife game birds, deer, and gathered by squirrels to store for the winter eating. In the fall, the squirrel leaves the woods for the shade and nuts of the wildlife pecan tree. A single squirrel can eat or store for winter 5 pounds of pecans each day. Squirrels and many other wildlife animals can be lured into your yard by leaving pecan halves for them to eat during the winter months. Game birds such as quail and dove will fly into a wildlife pecan tree, and find the pecan nut is an easy food target. Bluejays and crows are especially deadly thieves in commercial pecan orchards. Some seedling pecan trees can ripen the nuts as early as September and others ripen during the fall, and the pecan clusters can hang on the trees after snow and ice storms to be eaten later by wildlife animals from the lower limbs. Raccoons and other climbing game animals that will climb the Wildlife Pecan tree for their plentiful supply of food to be eaten in the fall and winter months.