My brother's farm has a lot beavers. Sometimes they'll girdle a huge oak and not bring it down. I was wondering if it'd work to put hen of the woods plugs around the bottom. What time of year would e best? The beavers are pretty active all year.
Always wondered what they'd taste like, but they aren't really causing any problems that I can tell. It's mixed woods and just used for hunting. There are a few walnut trees but they don't seem to like them. I keep hoping they'll kill an elm and cause a morel flush but no luck. They don't seem to be increasing in population. We have a lot coyotes and some bobcats. Not sure if that's what's controlling them but something is.
And the oaks are just pin oaks and not used for furniture. I think they should be though. Lots of tiny knots. A little rustic but not too rustic. Anyway they're just used to make pallets. Almost worthless last I heard.
Sounds like a good experiment. You could try it and let us know how it goes. I don't think it matters too much on the time of year for inoculation of a standing tree. But, if it has been dead too long, then it will already have another fungus eating it.