Although I do not currently have any Eagle Beans in the ground, I thought I would share some of my results from years past. I love this product and wish I could plant it every year. I will elaborate on why planting this forage bean is problematic on my small property.
My first year to plant Eagle Beans was in '08. My plots had just been cleared and I was dying to plant soybeans as a major tactic to arrow a large buck. I did not have a planter at the time so my application method was simply using an Earthway Broadcast Spreader. I also applied DeltAg Seed Coat to help get the plants up and out of the ground.
As you can see with the slideshow, the beans were fantastic. I had bucks actually bedding in the middle of these plots, similar to mature corn. The utilization cage in the main plot clearly depicted this was the preferred field. I knew the number of deer hitting this field was huge and often. Refer to the photo of the utilization cage in the slideshow.
That season proved to be a disappointment from the stand regarding bucks on the ground. However, the Eagle Beans turned out to be far better than I ever imagined. The plants stayed green well after other crops had turned brown. In addition, the months of December and January provided deer with bean pods, pulling large herds into the property. I truly believe the late season availability of forage in the middle of winter persuaded other deer to make my 63 acres home.
Ok....now for the bad news. This product is so good, that the deer key on it after the first couple of years used. Each year after '08, my plants were hit harder and harder making it virtually impossible to grow a descent stand of beans for fall hunting. This is primarily due to the lack of plot acreage on my property. Given I only have 3.32 acres tillable, this is not enough beans to survive the browse pressure. I tried some products designed to keep deer away through bad smells, but nothing worked. The alpha does simply laughed at this, jumped the fence and taught every other deer to do the same.
In the future, I would like to provide a two deep electric fence around the beans to prevent deer accessing. The double fence scares the deer against jumping over both lines. Until I am ready to invest the time and money for a fence, I will continue to plant alternative crops that provide good tonnage and are preferred by the herd as much as Eagle Seeds.
Please comment on what brand of electric fence you utilize and the associated cost per acre.
Thank you for your time!
Andy Hayes is a devoted husband and father of 4 kids living in West Central Indiana. Outside of his family, his passion is hunting whitetails. He does not claim to be a professional hunter, but simply wants to share what he learns during his quest to improve whitetail habitat and hunt mature bucks.