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Hi there, I have been invited to hunt on a buddies property this fall. Its in VA and is mainly a huge soybean field. The field is surrounded by really thick brush from where it was clear cut some years back. I have seen alot of bucks feeding in the fields recently. My question is, what will happen once the field is cut and the bucks start changing there feeding habits and traveling solo. There is no hard woods around the property so Im not sure where to look for another food source. Any info or advice would be great.

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Welcome va77 Big smile

I hunt around bean fields alot. The important thing is to have the does using this field. Where there are does bucks will follow. The bucks you're seeing may not use the field as much like you said they will go into breeding phase instead of eating phase and travel more. It's been my experience that the deer hit beans hard until the oaks start dropping acorns. They will still use the beans just not as much until they have had their fill of acorns and they will return to the beans. Even after the field is cut there is plenty of wasted beans that didn't get in the hopper and the deer will search the fields for the waste. I've even had deer continue to use a bean field after it has been plowed. Again thats just my experience. Try and have the farmer leave a patch or couple rows of beans unharvested. Maybe offer him a little money. Also check your baiting laws. I'm not sure if this would be considered baiting, I dont think so, but check just in case.

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Thanks for the info, this is my first year hunting fields like this. I saw 9 different bucks in one afternoon the other day. Most were hanging out in the field with the does. Im looking forward to the season starting, as we are all I guess.

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Those bean fields are great for seeing deer throughout the summer. They love the food and the beans are low enough you can see them unlike the corn which they also drool over.

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So do you think I really need to try and find some hardwoods somewhere around that field? I have not walked through the really thick stuff that surrounds this field, i have already had one bout with chiggers this year, dont need another. Im hoping that on the backside of the thick stuff is some hardwoods. But if there is it probably will be on someone elses property.

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It would help to know where the deer are bedding, but if you don't have access to the hardwoods you should be OK on the field. If possible determine main entry's and exits to the field. Are there trees large enough on the edge of the field for a stand? If so, do they provide enough cover? If so, try to get off the edge of the field about 20- 30 yds. Look for a creek or water source and try and find tracks to determine where they are coming from and where they are going. How many acres is this property? Has your buddy hunted this property? If so, he should know some pointers.
Trying to picture what the area looks like. Try and fill us in on some details. Thanks and GOOD Luck!

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