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#3084127 - 12/17/12 07:06 PM Re: Standing beans. [Re: RxHunter]
Roost 1
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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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 Originally Posted By: jmf
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: 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??
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#3085310 - 12/18/12 01:50 PM Re: Standing beans. [Re: jmf]
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 Originally Posted By: jmf
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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 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?

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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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