Spreading oats and beans at the hunting lease

Hunting season is only 2 months away, and that is for rifle season.  In some areas of the nation, bow season starts the first weekend of October.  The recent droughts have drove up the price of deer corn.  What used to cost $4 – $5 for a 50 pound bag, now cost around $10 – $11 for a 50 pound bag.

A lot of people object to the use of wildlife feeders, or even hunting over a food plot.  If you object to those kinds of hunting tactics, that is fine.  I have no objection to your objection.  Just realize that your objection gives you no special privileges or rights.

My family and I hunt on what is called a pine plantation.  The timber companies cut down oak trees, strip the land, and replant only fast growing hybrid pine trees.  During the stripping process, natural food sources are displaced or even destroyed.  Its sad how our forest are turning into nothing more then pine tree gardens.  A few years ago the local timber company cut down oaks trees that were at least 75 years old, bulldozed the oak trees into a pile and burned them.

Deer are foragers, kinda like goats.  Deer walk around eating weeds, twigs, just about anything they can find.  But there are certain food sources that deer like, such as acorns.  When the timber companies cut, bulldoze and burn oak trees, what are the hunters supposed to hunt over?  We can scout for deer trails, but there is no promise the deer are taking those trails during daylight hours.

In order to replace those lost food sources, hunters will sometimes set up feeders, or plant a food plot.

Due to the recent droughts and the price of corn going up, I am spreading a mixture of oats, beans, peas, radishes, and a couple of scoops of hen scratch.

The first trip my wife and I opened a homemade superpail of pinto beans, dumped the beans into a 5 gallon bucket, then filled the bucket with water until the beans were covered.  After maybe 30 minutes the beans had soaked up a lot of water, so more water was added.  The beans were left to soak for a couple of hours.  After which my wife and I went to the hunting lease to spread the beans.

1 week later

My wife and I made a trip to Pickle’s in Jasper, Texas. Pickle’s is what you might call a feed and fertilizer store. They sale all kinds of seeds, livestock feed, fertilizer,,, just all kinds of good stuff. We picked up a 50 pound bag of oats, laying crumbles, hen scratch and ground oyster shells for the chickens.

After getting back home, I took a 5 gallon bucket and layered beans – oats – radishes and purple hull peas that had pulled from my seed stockpile.

The bucket was put in the bathtub and filled so that the mixture was covered with water.

the mixture quickly soaked up a lot of the water, so for water was added.

After letting sit for maybe an hour and a half my wife and I loaded up and drove out to the hunting lease. Upon arriving at the first feeder we started looking for the beans that had been spread the previous week. I was glad to see that the hogs and deer had not eaten all of the beans that had been thrown out. To my surprise, a lot of the beans that had been thrown out the previous week had sprouted.

Seeing the sprouting beans answers some important questions:

Sprouting pinto beans that had been stored in mylar bags

Question: Can you buy beans from a grocery store and plant them?
Answer: Yes you can.

The beans that were spread on the first week had been bought from a local grocery store and had been stored in a mylar bag for over a year.  The beans that had been throw out had been stored in a mylar bags with an oxygen absorber for close to a year and 5 months.

In fact, here is the forum thread about homemade superpails that shows sealing the pinto beans in mylar bags.

Here is the video showing the beans being sealed in 5 gallon superpails.

Question: Can beans stored in mylar bags be planted?
Answer: Yes you can.

The feeders were in bad shape. Three of the four feeders had been knocked over. The leg of one feeder was bent bad enough that the leg will have to be replaced.

One feeder that was laying on its side had fallen just right so that the feeder motor housing was holding water. The motor itself was rusted to the point where it will probably have to be replaced.

Over the next few weeks the 4-wheeler trails need to be cleared out.

I need to get down on the creeks and do some scouting so I can setup my ground blind.