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#5678090 - 03/31/15 01:35 PM Roasted Soybeans
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So my lease is 416 acres in Southern Live Oak County. I have a few smaller food plots and one larger one of winter oats in which i dont know how much longer that will be around. I am not feeding protein yet (prob start next year) I have been doing some research on roasted soybeans and wow 35% protein. So my question is this i have all feeders still running with corn but i am thinking of filling one of the 600 pound feeders with soybeans the next trip and feeding 2 times a day for 2 seconds to stretch it. Everything is so green down there it is crazy. So my question is this enough to see any kind of benefit from the herd during the summer months when they need the ptorein the most or am i kinda whizzin in the wind with this?
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#5678115 - 03/31/15 01:49 PM Re: Roasted Soybeans [Re: Ricochet83]
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Ricochet, I've always been told soybeans = attractant more so than protein, just like corn but something different. I've also been told kind of unlike corn, deer either like the soybeans or don't. Just don't whizz upwind buddy.

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#5678142 - 03/31/15 02:19 PM Re: Roasted Soybeans [Re: Ricochet83]
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We feed a 50/50 mix of roasted soy beans and corn that we buy bagged that way.

The deer really like it, it never clogs the feeder and we don't have to have a separate protein feeder. Less expensive as well.
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#5678151 - 03/31/15 02:24 PM Re: Roasted Soybeans [Re: DQ Kid]
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Originally Posted By: DQ Kid
Ricochet, I've always been told soybeans = attractant more so than protein,
Not true. Soybeans generally have 30-40% protein.

I have used them a few times. The deer ate them up in Haskell, but won't touch them in East Texas. Last time I bought them, they were only a couple bucks more than corn. Couldn't hurt to try them.

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#5678229 - 03/31/15 03:30 PM Re: Roasted Soybeans [Re: Ricochet83]
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Thats kind of what i was thinking not twice the price of corn but since i am only planning on running it out of the central feeder 1200 pounds i am only looking at roughly 335 to feed all summer until mid august or so (thats 2 fillups) so dont know if it could hurt.just wonder if it will have any positive effect on the deer.
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#5678272 - 03/31/15 03:52 PM Re: Roasted Soybeans [Re: Pitchfork Predator]
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Originally Posted By: Pitchfork Predator
We feed a 50/50 mix of roasted soy beans and corn that we buy bagged that way.

The deer really like it, it never clogs the feeder and we don't have to have a separate protein feeder. Less expensive as well.


This. One thing I noticed also was that deer found the feeder faster with the soybean mix in it. Waller Rice Drier sells it both ways, mixed and not.
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#5678286 - 03/31/15 04:00 PM Re: Roasted Soybeans [Re: Ricochet83]
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i feed 50% soy / 50% protein pellet free choice. They hammer it.
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#5678290 - 03/31/15 04:04 PM Re: Roasted Soybeans [Re: Ricochet83]
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How much are yall paying for soybeans? Straight and mixed.

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#5678344 - 03/31/15 04:40 PM Re: Roasted Soybeans [Re: Ricochet83]
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Waller rice drier shows 9.70 for 50/50 mix and for soybean shows 13.90 i believe.per 50 pound sack that is.
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#5678366 - 03/31/15 05:00 PM Re: Roasted Soybeans [Re: Ricochet83]
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Originally Posted By: Ricochet83
Waller rice drier shows 9.70 for 50/50 mix and for soybean shows 13.90 i believe.per 50 pound sack that is.


Do them Waller guys have dealers or can you only buy direct from their place? I have been looking for a substitute that is cheaper than Mr Buck that I pay $10.50 for 50 pounds. Them Waller guys are a little cheaper but not worth the drive.
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#5678457 - 03/31/15 05:56 PM Re: Roasted Soybeans [Re: Ricochet83]
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What do you mean when you say positive effect? Are you talking antler growth? If so the answer is no, throwing soybeans twice a day from a timed feeder at 600lbs over several months it will have virtually no effect on antler growth. Any protein regiment intended to increase antler size should be free choice and be fed year round.

If by positive effect you mean a larger variety of food available to the deer and attracting deer for trail cam photos maybe if they prefer them over other native browse.

Keep in mind even though the soybeans are 30-40% protein that dosent mean the deer's intestinal tract actually absorbs all that protein. Usualy 16-18% is about all they'll benefit from. The roasting will help but after about 20% the rest ends up as fertilizer.

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#5678461 - 03/31/15 06:02 PM Re: Roasted Soybeans [Re: Ricochet83]
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Realistically the protein of the soybean doesn't increase antler growth. It increases body mass. The mineral in protein feed is what really impacts antler production. Supplementing mineral also will help. Antler is bone, not muscle. Although improving overall deer health and body mass indirectly helps a deer in antler production without adequate mineral intake you will not maximize antler growth.
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#5678679 - 03/31/15 08:05 PM Re: Roasted Soybeans [Re: Ricochet83]
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I tried it on two different places in Throckmorton and had no luck. They came to the peanut butter smell quick but only picked out the corn and left the soybeans and then they stopped coming. I gave it almost 6 months on the 2nd place and their habits didn't change. I wound up dumping about 200 lbs of it on the ground and refilled with plain ol corn. The hogs tore it up when I dumped it out. I guess it really all depends on where you are. I am considering the apple scented corn, I hear its one heck of a good attractant. If not, I will dump it out for the hogs also, lol.
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#5678859 - 03/31/15 09:43 PM Re: Roasted Soybeans [Re: passthru]
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Originally Posted By: passthru
Realistically the protein of the soybean doesn't increase antler growth. It increases body mass. The mineral in protein feed is what really impacts antler production. Supplementing mineral also will help. Antler is bone, not muscle. Although improving overall deer health and body mass indirectly helps a deer in antler production without adequate mineral intake you will not maximize antler growth.

An antler is still 44% protein. So it needs protein but you are correct in stating mineral/trace mineral/vitamins are the key.
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#5679327 - 04/01/15 09:10 AM Re: Roasted Soybeans [Re: Ricochet83]
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I am going to try it again this year, but like fowlplayr said it can be iffy in east Texas. At my local feed store I can get roasted soybean/corn mix for $11.95/50# bag and I am going to mix some Antlermax in with it and feed it free choice.

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