Soybeans or Rice?

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Soybeans or Rice?

Postby al_max4brother » Thu Aug 18, 2011 4:00 pm

We had some trouble with our lease in Northeast Arkansas this year, so we had to move to a new farm. The field we have for this season is planted in soybeans. It will be flooded after harvested. However, I only have experience with hunting in flooded rice fields. Just wondering if anybody has hunted flooded soybean fields? If so, what kind of success did you have (as far as number of birds and species)? And finally, would Fast Grass work for concealing pits in a flooded soybean field?
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Re: Soybeans or Rice?

Postby duckwizard » Fri Aug 19, 2011 9:05 am

I have shot a good number of ducks in a soybean field before. It doesnt seem to be as good as in corn, and it is hell to find enough cover to hide your blind well. We put our layouts along a fence and set the blocks about 35 yrds from us and had a good
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Re: Soybeans or Rice?

Postby mitchmc » Sun Aug 21, 2011 7:39 pm

we hunt both rice and soybeans....you will kill ducks in the beans but year after year the rice out performs. depending on how your pit are located, as long as they are in the levy, fast grass will be fine. if they are just out in the field you will stick out like a turd in a punch bole!!!!!
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Re: Soybeans or Rice?

Postby duckwizard » Tue Aug 23, 2011 7:54 am

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Re: Soybeans or Rice?

Postby Weston81 » Wed Aug 24, 2011 9:12 am

We have a flooded field we hunt as well and weren't very lucky this year with soybeans being planted. We have some blinds from Aero outdoors that are above ground cage blinds. I know they are going to stick out "like a turd in the punch bowl" but we have limited options this year. Any suggestions on how to hide them good in the middle of a field? Make it look like a large brush pile perhaps? Also, there are no levee's as the field has a natural sligh slope and all water pools up in the back where we hunt. So the only option is to set up in the middle of the field.
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Re: Soybeans or Rice?

Postby duckkillersinc » Wed Aug 24, 2011 10:09 am

We have thousands of acres of both flooded rice and beans in NE Arkansas. We kill as many ducks over beans as we do rice. In the state of Arkansas there was about 40% less rice planted this year and it was primarily replaced with beans. We hunt pits in the middle of fields and layouts on the edge. Pit concealment has a lot to do with how your pit is setup and what you do with that strip of field around the pit, for instance you might have the pit on a levee and leave a long strip of uncut along that levee.
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Re: Soybeans or Rice?

Postby staticarc » Tue Aug 30, 2011 6:03 pm

I have a pit in a flooded bean field and we kill just as many or more then some of the other rice fields in the area. Once the field is flooded it doesn't really matter. New birds don't know what kind of food source is under the water. I think it basically comes down to the simple fact of location.
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Re: Soybeans or Rice?

Postby Weston81 » Wed Aug 31, 2011 9:17 am

Since we use layout blinds and above ground blinds rice is great for us. That way the stubble can be left up after harvest and we can blend into it. After the first two freeze's though the stubble dies and we stickout. Still manage to do decent but the birds are a little tougher to get to commit for obvious reasons.
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