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#3081311 - 12/15/12 11:03 PM Standing beans.
backwoodsoutfitters
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I believe standing beans is one of the best late season crops you can leave for deer. Mix it with wheat and really gets good, anyone else believe in leaving standing beans for food plots? We have left them the last two years and while they are not tearing them up yet, they will be by Jan. I'm sure the farm will be in corn next year which isn't to bad either. The field is only forty acres and is small and narrow, so it almost looks like a big food plot anyway.
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#3081384 - 12/16/12 04:22 AM Re: Standing beans. [Re: backwoodsoutfitters]
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Since I lease out my farm acreage, I've never left any. But this year, the farmer left large amounts on the edges as the yields were down and the later rains left them full of grass and burs. My son took one of a pair of does eating the beans during muzzle season. While nothing has wiped the beans out so far, they have been visited off and on all season. Turkeys have visited as well. I would guess they will be hit hard when everything else is gone.
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#3081692 - 12/16/12 09:23 AM Re: Standing beans. [Re: Swampster]
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Yep they are awesome.
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#3081877 - 12/16/12 12:02 PM Re: Standing beans. [Re: muddyboots]
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I have 4 foodplots of soybeans nothing but stems left as of yesterday.. They all had beans 3 weeks sgo
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#3081921 - 12/16/12 12:48 PM Re: Standing beans. [Re: Roost 1]
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I haven't found anything better in my area. This would be a great year to have them with the low acorn amounts.
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#3081923 - 12/16/12 12:49 PM Re: Standing beans. [Re: backwoodsoutfitters]
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 Originally Posted By: backwoodsoutfitters
I believe standing beans is one of the best late season crops you can leave for deer. Mix it with wheat and really gets good, anyone else believe in leaving standing beans for food plots?


I think the value of standing dead beans as a fall/winter food source is highly over-rated.
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#3081926 - 12/16/12 12:50 PM Re: Standing beans. [Re: BSK]
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I have an acre standing untouched, Eagle that is.
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#3081989 - 12/16/12 02:09 PM Re: Standing beans. [Re: BSK]
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 Originally Posted By: BSK
 Originally Posted By: backwoodsoutfitters
I believe standing beans is one of the best late season crops you can leave for deer. Mix it with wheat and really gets good, anyone else believe in leaving standing beans for food plots?


I think the value of standing dead beans as a fall/winter food source is highly over-rated.


Tell that to the 31 deer i saw last week in one afternoon.
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#3081993 - 12/16/12 02:18 PM Re: Standing beans. [Re: muddyboots]
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 Originally Posted By: muddyboots
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I believe standing beans is one of the best late season crops you can leave for deer. Mix it with wheat and really gets good, anyone else believe in leaving standing beans for food plots?


I think the value of standing dead beans as a fall/winter food source is highly over-rated.


Tell that to the 31 deer i saw last week in one afternoon.


Muddyboots,

Depends on what other food sources are available. If little else of high-quality is available, deer will really go for standing dead soybeans (the beans themselves). But time and again, I've seen deer with plenty of other high-quality food sources available simply ignore standing dead beans. Again, over-rated compared to what could be provided.
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#3082014 - 12/16/12 02:35 PM Re: Standing beans. [Re: BSK]
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 Originally Posted By: BSK
 Originally Posted By: muddyboots
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 Originally Posted By: backwoodsoutfitters
I believe standing beans is one of the best late season crops you can leave for deer. Mix it with wheat and really gets good, anyone else believe in leaving standing beans for food plots?


I think the value of standing dead beans as a fall/winter food source is highly over-rated.


Tell that to the 31 deer i saw last week in one afternoon.


Muddyboots,

Depends on what other food sources are available. If little else of high-quality is available, deer will really go for standing dead soybeans (the beans themselves). But time and again, I've seen deer with plenty of other high-quality food sources available simply ignore standing dead beans. Again, over-rated compared to what could be provided.


What would u call higher quality food source this time of year?
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#3082024 - 12/16/12 02:46 PM Re: Standing beans. [Re: BSK]
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Aren't soybeans high in protein? And if they are, and the deer do eat them, why would they need another high-quality food?

I've always thought that deer wouldn't eat them myself so have yet to try them. Well, other than the forage type that produce few actual beans.

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#3082749 - 12/16/12 09:55 PM Re: Standing beans. [Re: Hunter 257W]
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I notice that some of my standing beans get eaten late in the season, but very few.

Im sure if we had snow knee deep and sub-zero temps for long, they would be much prefered later in the winter.
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#3082835 - 12/16/12 11:31 PM Re: Standing beans. [Re: muddyboots]
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 Originally Posted By: muddyboots
 Originally Posted By: BSK
 Originally Posted By: muddyboots
 Originally Posted By: BSK
 Originally Posted By: backwoodsoutfitters
I believe standing beans is one of the best late season crops you can leave for deer. Mix it with wheat and really gets good, anyone else believe in leaving standing beans for food plots?


I think the value of standing dead beans as a fall/winter food source is highly over-rated.

Tell that to the 31 deer i saw last week in one afternoon.


Muddyboots,

Depends on what other food sources are available. If little else of high-quality is available, deer will really go for standing dead soybeans (the beans themselves). But time and again, I've seen deer with plenty of other high-quality food sources available simply ignore standing dead beans. Again, over-rated compared to what could be provided.


What would u call higher quality food source this time of year?


I want to know also. We have planted every kind of fall/winter crop you could. Our best luck has been corn and beans. Our deer seem to like this combination allot more than anything else we have planted. We have noticed that they will feed allot longer and more often in the corn/standing beans. Before, we would plant wheat, rape, oats, peas, and clover and the deer sightings were not as good plus they would only stay in the plot enough to nibble here and there. The green plots never were eaten down or even a noticeable graze line in them. It was like they would just nibble here and there. I have seen deer in the corn/standing bean plots for over an hour feeding. Corn/standing beans is what we will stay with. We have experimented with lots of crops and these do best for us.

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#3082948 - 12/17/12 06:42 AM Re: Standing beans. [Re: jmf]
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I hunted our standing beans yesterday not expecting to see much, but had fifteen does in them eating the crap out of them, on doe was bleating and chasing another doe out of the beans all afternoon.


This farm has never had standing beans till last year and it has made a huge difference in the amount of deer seen during the late season. After Dec, the deer would hardly ever use these same fields before the standing beans. We still have plenty of acorns around as well.


Edited by backwoodsoutfitters (12/17/12 06:42 AM)
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#3082965 - 12/17/12 06:58 AM Re: Standing beans. [Re: muddyboots]
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 Originally Posted By: muddyboots

BSK, What would u call higher quality food source this time of year?


Yes, BSK, I would also be interested to know because on my place (South East TN)I have noticed soy beans are not much of a late season attractant to deer and it makes me wonder what other food source they are preferring. So, what would you call a higher quality food source that a man could put on his property? BTW, I do plant them but I tend to think food plots are somewhat over-rated in many areas of TN by and large.
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#3082978 - 12/17/12 07:10 AM Re: Standing beans. [Re: BlountArrow]
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An old timer once told me that standing beans was the best crop you could have out for deer. This old timer has ten deer on his wall and they range from 128" to 154". Most came from Carroll County, which has some exceptionally big deer running around around anyway, but now all the land they own is close to home in Crockett.

My point to the story is these guys chose to run beans and corn down here too since 2009 and a grandson shot a 147 inch deer this year in juvenile. The boy was ten yrs old and proli ruined now.
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#3083035 - 12/17/12 07:46 AM Re: Standing beans. [Re: Hunter 257W]
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 Originally Posted By: Hunter 257W
Aren't soybeans high in protein? And if they are, and the deer do eat them, why would they need another high-quality food?


First, protein is not what deer need at this time of year. Protein can be converted to energy, but not very efficiently. Deer will be looking for foods that produce more energy more efficiently, such as foods high in carbohydrates, sugars, and lipids (fat), while also having the highest digestibility.

Also remember that what a plant contains, and how it tastes, may be too different things.

What your local deer will choose as a preferred food will be dependant on many factors, and the only way to find out is to experiment with everything possible: cereal grains, brassicas (rape, kale, turnips, sugar beets, etc.), and of course corn (left standing) all are good sources of energy.
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#3083048 - 12/17/12 07:55 AM Re: Standing beans. [Re: BSK]
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I got over an acre of brassicas for the 2nd yr in a row untouched... While my beans are demolished.... Now come Feb the brassicas will be tore up but that does me no good.... I will not be wasting any more $$$ on brassicas such...IMO soybeans are proven!!!
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#3083068 - 12/17/12 08:10 AM Re: Standing beans. [Re: Roost 1]
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Rye grain,oats,clover, Austrian winter peas mixed makes a great crop.And its cheap and super easy.
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#3083121 - 12/17/12 08:47 AM Re: Standing beans. [Re: Roost 1]
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 Originally Posted By: Roost 1
...Now come Feb the brassicas will be tore up but that does me no good....


How is it that does you no good?
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#3083160 - 12/17/12 09:06 AM Re: Standing beans. [Re: Roost 1]
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 Originally Posted By: Roost 1
Now come Feb the brassicas will be tore up but that does me no good


It does you more good than you think. You are providing a quality food source during a time when other food sources are very limited.

You might want to try broadcasting some brassicas into your beans in the fall that way you have the best of both worlds.

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#3083189 - 12/17/12 09:23 AM Re: Standing beans. [Re: Bayou Buck]
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Now come Feb the brassicas will be tore up but that does me no good


It does you more good than you think. You are providing a quality food source during a time when other food sources are very limited.

You might want to try broadcasting some brassicas into your beans in the fall that way you have the best of both worlds.


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#3083340 - 12/17/12 11:11 AM Re: Standing beans. [Re: diamond hunter]
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 Originally Posted By: diamond hunter
Rye grain,oats,clover, Austrian winter peas mixed makes a great crop.And its cheap and super easy.


I've seen that mix do well also.

The "success" of a food plot (in terms of deer seen eating on it in daylight hours of hunting season) is pretty variable for me. Mostly because of fluctuations in mast crops in the areas surrounding the plots, and in terms of rainfall quality during the growth stage of the plot (amongst other things I'm probably not thinking about).

Also, the guys I've hunted with have never fertilized the land that is planted. It's on good soil in Hardeman County along a small creek bottom, but that doesn't mean that it wouldn't benefit from it. It's just so far off the road that broadcasting lime (or anything else) never makes the to-do list. That would change if I were the only one hunting the property, but it's my second (or third) choice of places to go.

All that said, soil quality might also affect the success of a given crop in a given area.
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#3083365 - 12/17/12 11:32 AM Re: Standing beans. [Re: Crosshairy]
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Deer are genetically driven to seek out high-energy foods at this time of year. If deer are subsisting heavily on soybeans at this time of year, their diet is lacking in what the most need. I would consider heavy utilization of soybeans at this time of year to be a negative indicator.
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#3083378 - 12/17/12 11:39 AM Re: Standing beans. [Re: BlountArrow]
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 Originally Posted By: BlountArrow
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...Now come Feb the brassicas will be tore up but that does me no good....


How is it that does you no good?


Deer season closes middle of January...
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#3083387 - 12/17/12 11:44 AM Re: Standing beans. [Re: Roost 1]
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...Now come Feb the brassicas will be tore up but that does me no good....


How is it that does you no good?


Deer season closes middle of January...


Ah, well there are other reasons to plant food plots you know.
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#3083392 - 12/17/12 11:52 AM Re: Standing beans. [Re: BSK]
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Deer are genetically driven to seek out high-energy foods at this time of year. If deer are subsisting heavily on soybeans at this time of year, their diet is lacking in what the most need. I would consider heavy utilization of soybeans at this time of year to be a negative indicator.


Well I am not a biologist but the plots are there for their choosing... I am not sure what their diets needs at this time but I can tell you what they are preferring to eat......I want my plots utilized during season so I can hunt over them and for the second year in a row the brassicas are not being touched. Not only on my place but I kno others who are having same results as I am... Just so you kno my place 120 acres with 25 acres row crop(10 corn 15 beans this year) I have 6 foodplots they vary in size from 1/4-1+ acre in size... Prolly 20 aces grass fields rest is woods select cut last yr....not sure what else they need in their diet... Any suggestions are welcome.
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#3083394 - 12/17/12 11:55 AM Re: Standing beans. [Re: BlountArrow]
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...Now come Feb the brassicas will be tore up but that does me no good....


How is it that does you no good?


Deer season closes middle of January...


Ah, well there are other reasons to plant food plots you know.


Guess I need to figure what to put in my harvest plots....since that is my goal.
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#3083415 - 12/17/12 12:16 PM Re: Standing beans. [Re: Roost 1]
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Yep, it sounds like you need to do a little experimenting and see what the deer are liking between September and January and get that in your food plots. That will be different everywhere and depend on a lot of factors. At least you know for your area not to plant brassicas so there's your starting point.
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#3083427 - 12/17/12 12:23 PM Re: Standing beans. [Re: BlountArrow]
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My deer consider coyote poop above brassicas. \:\)

I like to go with a blend anyway for most of my food plots. That way the deer are a lot more likely to like at least one plant in the mix and possibly discover a new food they aren't familiar with while browsing the ones they already know.

I've seen soybeans planted around the area for years and there are always a few left standing in corners and such. I have never noticed deer eating the beans themselves at any time in the Winter. Guess we have plenty of other, more prefered food around.


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#3083440 - 12/17/12 12:29 PM Re: Standing beans. [Re: BSK]
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Aren't soybeans high in protein? And if they are, and the deer do eat them, why would they need another high-quality food?


First, protein is not what deer need at this time of year. Protein can be converted to energy, but not very efficiently. Deer will be looking for foods that produce more energy more efficiently, such as foods high in carbohydrates, sugars, and lipids (fat), while also having the highest digestibility.

Also remember that what a plant contains, and how it tastes, may be too different things.

What your local deer will choose as a preferred food will be dependant on many factors, and the only way to find out is to experiment with everything possible: cereal grains, brassicas (rape, kale, turnips, sugar beets, etc.), and of course corn (left standing) all are good sources of energy.


Yeah, I know they need/prefer high carb feed during cold weather but since no single source is going to make up 100% of a deer's diet, a high protein food that they will eat can't be a bad thing for Winter. Again, I'm thinking about how I have my multiple food plots scattered around the farm with a good variety of plants. Including several that have standing corn mixed in with Pennington Spring/Summer deer mix.

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#3083464 - 12/17/12 12:42 PM Re: Standing beans. [Re: Hunter 257W]
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My soybeans never made it to late season, lol - the deer had them tore up by the end of Sept.

If I do decide to plant them again, I think I will broadcast them instead of having them planted in rows. I watched deer come out in the field and just walk along the row snipping the new growth as they walked by
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#3083482 - 12/17/12 12:53 PM Re: Standing beans. [Re: Hunter 257W]
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Yeah, I know they need/prefer high carb feed during cold weather but since no single source is going to make up 100% of a deer's diet...


And that's why a well-designed habitat management plan provides a little of everything. Over time, for that location (and it can be different in different locations) you can decipher which food items deer will seek out, and focus more efforts on those food sources.

To date, I've never seen a local deer herd focus on eating soybean beans in winter when better food sources were available.


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...a high protein food that they will eat can't be a bad thing for Winter.


Of course not. Any higher-quality food is of benefit. My point is, I wouldn't focus management efforts on producing standing dead soybean fields if herd health and attractiveness are your habitat management goal.
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#3083485 - 12/17/12 12:55 PM Re: Standing beans. [Re: BSK]
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What are your examples of better food for deer to eat this time of year?
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#3083494 - 12/17/12 12:59 PM Re: Standing beans. [Re: backwoodsoutfitters]
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 Originally Posted By: backwoodsoutfitters
What are your examples of better food for deer to eat this time of year?


I already listed them above.
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#3083538 - 12/17/12 01:32 PM Re: Standing beans. [Re: BSK]
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#3083544 - 12/17/12 01:38 PM Re: Standing beans. [Re: BSK]
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 Originally Posted By: BSK
My point is, I wouldn't focus management efforts on producing standing dead soybean fields if herd health and attractiveness are your habitat management goal.


Many people would disagree with this statement, myself included. Soybeans can be a highly attractive late season food source even when other high quality foods are available. They are high in carbohydrates at this time of the year, so they can provide much needed nutrition when most food sources are lacking.
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#3083547 - 12/17/12 01:45 PM Re: Standing beans. [Re: Quailman]
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Bsk,

In a field with standing beans, wheat, oats, clover,rape, and winter peas, why are the deer paying more attention to the standing beans and leaving the rest somewhat untouched? This is the reason we have stopped planting everything but corn and beans. This is true even into the spring green up, not just during hunting season.


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#3083587 - 12/17/12 02:18 PM Re: Standing beans. [Re: Quailman]
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My point is, I wouldn't focus management efforts on producing standing dead soybean fields if herd health and attractiveness are your habitat management goal.


Many people would disagree with this statement, myself included. Soybeans can be a highly attractive late season food source even when other high quality foods are available. They are high in carbohydrates at this time of the year, so they can provide much needed nutrition when most food sources are lacking.


I realize we disagree on this topic Quailman. I can only go with what I have seen and experienced. Let me say again, across the whitetails range north to south and east to west, I have NEVER seen deer favor soybean beans over other better food sources when they are available. I consider deer focusing on soybens as a primary food source in winter the sign of deer herd without access to higher-quality food sources. Basically, a less than desirable indicator.
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#3083946 - 12/17/12 05:49 PM Re: Standing beans. [Re: jmf]
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My place is the same way. I have a variety of the plants you have listed and the deer will always pay more attention to the beans. Its hard to understand how the others are better when they are not getting used as much.

I will agree corn may be a better source of high energy food but it is sigificantly harder to grow a good stand and you cant see the deer as good.

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#3084127 - 12/17/12 07:06 PM Re: Standing beans. [Re: RxHunter]
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Something about this is confusing......In the area I hunt very few people are even planting food plots...lots of row crop and crp...I dont see my area as any different than the next yet if the deer are eating my dried up soybeans that is a less than desirable herd indicator....I dont understand that...What I do believe is that deer in my area dont prefer brassicas they will eat them but it seems like after all else is gone...I wonder what other highly desirable food source could be out there since the neighbors are not planting food plots and no unharvested row crop..
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#3084148 - 12/17/12 07:15 PM Re: Standing beans. [Re: Roost 1]
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I hunted IL during the second gun season and the deer were hammering the bean fields. I'm still not sure what could be more desirable than beans right now,besides standing corn, unless they want to eat some stems, wheat, or rotting acorns.
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#3084741 - 12/18/12 07:56 AM Re: Standing beans. [Re: Roost 1]
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 Originally Posted By: Roost 1
...if the deer are eating my dried up soybeans that is a less than desirable herd indicator....I dont understand that...

I wonder what other highly desirable food source could be out there since the neighbors are not planting food plots and no unharvested row crop..


That's the point Roost 1; there aren't any other higher quality food sources out there. As a habitat/property manager, that would be an indicator better food sources need to be planted/produced.
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#3084744 - 12/18/12 07:57 AM Re: Standing beans. [Re: backwoodsoutfitters]
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 Originally Posted By: backwoodsoutfitters
I hunted IL during the second gun season and the deer were hammering the bean fields. I'm still not sure what could be more desirable than beans right now,besides standing corn, unless they want to eat some stems, wheat, or rotting acorns.


Once again, that's the point. Better quality foods need to be planted.
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#3084829 - 12/18/12 08:51 AM Re: Standing beans. [Re: jmf]
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Bsk,

In a field with standing beans, wheat, oats, clover,rape, and winter peas, why are the deer paying more attention to the standing beans and leaving the rest somewhat untouched? This is the reason we have stopped planting everything but corn and beans. This is true even into the spring green up, not just during hunting season.


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#3084841 - 12/18/12 08:58 AM Re: Standing beans. [Re: BSK]
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 Originally Posted By: backwoodsoutfitters
I hunted IL during the second gun season and the deer were hammering the bean fields. I'm still not sure what could be more desirable than beans right now,besides standing corn, unless they want to eat some stems, wheat, or rotting acorns.


Once again, that's the point. Better quality foods need to be planted.


I understand what you are saying but I have over an acre of brassicas,which you are saying is higher quality, and he deer are not touching them...why would this be??
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#3085310 - 12/18/12 01:50 PM Re: Standing beans. [Re: jmf]
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Bsk,

In a field with standing beans, wheat, oats, clover,rape, and winter peas, why are the deer paying more attention to the standing beans and leaving the rest somewhat untouched? This is the reason we have stopped planting everything but corn and beans. This is true even into the spring green up, not just during hunting season.


Bsk?


I've never seen deer--anywhere in the country--prefer soybean beans over other, better food sources. Guess it's one of those things I would have to see to believe.
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#3085316 - 12/18/12 01:51 PM Re: Standing beans. [Re: Roost 1]
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 Originally Posted By: Roost 1
 Originally Posted By: BSK
 Originally Posted By: backwoodsoutfitters
I hunted IL during the second gun season and the deer were hammering the bean fields. I'm still not sure what could be more desirable than beans right now,besides standing corn, unless they want to eat some stems, wheat, or rotting acorns.


Once again, that's the point. Better quality foods need to be planted.


I understand what you are saying but I have over an acre of brassicas,which you are saying is higher quality, and he deer are not touching them...why would this be??


Any single food source is going to be "iffy." Deer in one area may hit the snot out of it, and deer in another area not touch it. It's about having as many different food sources as possible available, and letting the deer choose between all of them.
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#3085812 - 12/18/12 07:02 PM Re: Standing beans. [Re: BSK]
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Deer are genetically driven to seek out high-energy foods at this time of year. If deer are subsisting heavily on soybeans at this time of year, their diet is lacking in what the most need. I would consider heavy utilization of soybeans at this time of year to be a negative indicator.


I have seen several instances where clover, WW and other food sources are within the deers range and they are in the beans. How come?

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#3086390 - 12/19/12 07:11 AM Re: Standing beans. [Re: richmanbarbeque]
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11 does in the beans yesterday afternoon.
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#3086467 - 12/19/12 08:06 AM Re: Standing beans. [Re: richmanbarbeque]
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 Originally Posted By: BSK
Deer are genetically driven to seek out high-energy foods at this time of year. If deer are subsisting heavily on soybeans at this time of year, their diet is lacking in what the most need. I would consider heavy utilization of soybeans at this time of year to be a negative indicator.


I have seen several instances where clover, WW and other food sources are within the deers range and they are in the beans. How come?


Being "in the beans" and subsisting heavily on them are two different things. What percent of their diet is beans? What percent is other food sources? What are those other food sources? What is in the local deer's stomachs?

Deer will eat a wide variety of foods at any given time, even when a single high-quality food source is readily available. The question is, what percent of their diet is each food source?
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#3097565 - 12/27/12 12:31 PM Re: Standing beans. [Re: muddyboots]
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My son and I went and checked our foodplot this morning getting ready for this weekend youth hunt. The deer have really turned onto the brassicas in the last 2 weeks. I guess they like them now that all my beans are gone... Anyhow hoping my son gets his first deer this weekend. Got 3 different bucks on cams regular there but a doe would work.
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#3099145 - 12/28/12 02:50 PM Re: Standing beans. [Re: Roost 1]
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We paid our farmer to leave some beans in the field last year. It appeared to be an absolute waste of money, as far as a hunting attractant. Not one deer was seen eating the beans. Doesn't mean it wasn't taking place at night.
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#3100565 - 12/29/12 08:04 PM Re: Standing beans. [Re: BigAl]
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Deer starting to feed in my eagle beans last two days.
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#3101971 - 12/30/12 07:47 PM Re: Standing beans. [Re: tickweed]
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About 30 something in them tnis evening!
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