QUESTION: I've found a persimmon tree and want to know how often to hunt around it, and for how long? - Billy C.
ANSWER: The scientific name of the persimmon is Diospyros, which means, "divine fruit" or "fruit of the gods." I think most whitetails would agree. I've been at this game for a while now and have yet to find a more attractive natural food.
Persimmons are highly astringent and bitter, and deer will all but ignore them until they ripen. Then something magical happens. The ripe fruits become deliciously sweet and drop to the ground where deer and other wildlife will quickly gobble them up.
Buckmasters Online Editor, Tim Martin, told me he witnessed a coyote eating persimmons in broad daylight and out in the wide open. That should tell you something.
I first experienced how desirable persimmons are while on a Kansas hunt. Deer were all but ignoring the corn and soybean fields we were hunting until after dark. Then we found a persimmon patch.
The first afternoon I observed a dozen different racked bucks and countless does and fawns coming straight to the persimmons - all well before dark.
The down side is that this bounty won't last long. I'm a big proponent of not overhunting a stand. I rarely hunt the same one on consecutive days; but with ripe persimmons I would make an exception. I would hunt it every day until the fruit is gone. It probably won't take more than a couple of days before you see what you're after.