while scouting in the woods today i went and checked a pear tree that has been there for years but never had any pears on it to amout to anything. Now i know the deer eat the big pears but this tree is loaded with small mini pears about the size of a persimmon. There was no sign of activity around the tree but then again there are no pears on the ground and they are not ready (yeah i ate one). I am guessing the deer eat these but just looking for some conformation before i set my climber up in the area.
Sounds like you may have found a seedling pear. I have several of them that drop real late in the season. They arent as sweet as a grafted pear but the deer do eat them. Because of their lip puckering taste, I feel like the deer kinda let them ferment before they really flock to them. I have some trees that are still holding onto their pears in January. They make a great late season stand.