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Feeding pattern specialists help!

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Here's my dilema. One of my better spots has the right cover,water, and large soy bean, corn fields and some grass-clover-alfalfa fields(patches) also some scrub apple. I'm inside the woodline on the edge of a drainage ditch bedding area to the north and west. To the east is the corn and clover-alfalfa. To the south the large bean field. the only entry/exit is form the east along the edge of a hedge row w/the beans on one side and the corn to the other making it a difficult morn. hunt, and hard to get out w/out bumping at least 1 deer after the evening. I must also share w/at least 2-3 others that primarily hunt the morn. and/or even. The wind will almost always be good for the stand out of the west or north or any variation.1. when do deer avoid certain food sources for others to minimise my chances of bumping them from the beans and corn? 2. would this be a perfect mid-day oportunity seeing how these fellas have been using the same tactics for a number of years?:confused:
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Do ya have a trail cam? Wonderful tool to tell you exactly whats going on. $100 bucks for a d40 and your good to go.
 

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It sounds like you have a pretty good set-up, but it is hard to say when deer will eat what. They will eat whats best for them first. Just stay with them and good luck!
 

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I hunt nearly everyday and the only way I know what their doing is by looking at the sign. I scout midday at this time of year, so I know what their doing. They are hitting the corn and should hit the beans as soon as the pods turn brown. The early season they eat the tops of the green bean plants. They hit the alfalfa, but seems to be night visits. The midwoods foliage is still quite green here, in NE wisconsin, so they tend to feed leisurely on their way to their favorite food. If they feel pressure, they will feed in cover longer. When a hard frost hits, they head for wet area's, where the lower foliage is protected by water. If acorns are around, they tend to camp on them, until they're gone, so tread lightly.
I have noticed lately that the bachelor groups are breaking up. I have seen what appears to be lost youngsters wandering around, looking for a friend. Curiousity scents or deer herd scents are working for them right now.
These are my observations
 
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