As you can see, there are many options and each scenario is different.
I love soybeans for the following reasons:
-Great protein source during lactation and antler growing phases
-Its a great scouting plot in July/August
-It provides carbs in the winter with the beans and can be a late season magnet
-It stands off of the ground, so when we get snow it is still pretty easy to get at for the deer
-Drought tolerant for our sandy loam soil
-Comes Round-up Ready
-Fairly cheap, we paid $20 per 50 lb bag from a farmer this year
-Handles grazing once established
-Supplies a good amount of tonnage per acre
During late Sept and early Oct. the deer will look for better food because a cell wall compound called lignin-- which makes the plant sturdier to support the heavier plant--is harder for them to digest. They will return for the beans though. In our area, there is no other crops real close, so they seem to stick around better, however, I have also seen them stick around or show themselves more in agricultural areas when the plot is secluded.
As you can see, it will vary from property to property. In some areas they will destroy brassicas in others they wont touch it, in some areas they will hammer chicory, in others they wont touch it etc...
Variety is best, you don't want to "clean their plate" where at some point in the year they have nothing to eat. If you have variety they will have something all year long to keep them healthy and recover from events like the rut,winter, and fawn rearing.
Clover is also a great choice any where you go, I believe it takes up the most acreage in food plots. Its long lasting, fairly easy to maintain, and supplies a good food source for most of the year. A good mix is fall planted clover with winter rye or wheat as a nurse or cover crop.
BH21- As a forage variety bean, do they grow bean pods?
Genesis 27:3 Take your bow and quiver full of arrows out into the open country, and hunt some wild game.....