I've been scouting several public hunting grounds in Winnebago county and this summer I was excited to find a couple properties that had soy beans planted on DNR land. I'm thinking this is awesome! Late season deer food!
Last week I was looking at my maps and notes, trying to find that property that didn't get all shot up for the T Zone hunt last weekend, wind out of the east, good time to hunt those bean fields.
When I got there, I see all the beans have been harvested! Drove to the next public bean field and it's been harvested too. They've all been harvested. WTF? The signs say DNR, not Dept. of Ag. Most of the simular DNR properties in the area are restored grasslands.
My questions are who planted the soy beans? Who harvested them? Who pays for and who profits from the planting and harvesting? This is public hunting grounds, why are they using it for a cash crop? Why not plant food for the deer and wildlife? Even after the cash crop, why don't they plant winter wheat or something that may benefit the wildlife? We give the deer a solid food source for summer and fall and then strip it away just before rut and winter? I'm not sure if the cut bean field is still better than an over grown CRP grass field. The area really doesn't need more bedding area, they need food to keep them out of the neighboring farm fields. Maybe we should plant beans and corn on more public land and leave it standing?
Can someone please explain what's going on here?