Here it is - my great score for the winter. I was trudging around through the public hunting grounds surrounding a nearby lake when I stumbled onto a planted field full of soybeans.
I had decided to go out late that particular afternoon, hoping to catch small game bustling around before evening set in. It was a nice quiet time, with no other hunters out in the field. It was at least nice and quiet until I decided to see how far north a certain swampy area extended. I ended up in a plowed field, then headed west to its edge and then turned south into the edge of the swamp. I crashed along through the marshy thicket until I dumped out into a field with 8' high grasses. I had no idea where I was, and the sun was 30 minutes from setting.
The entire lake area is bisected by a road with a causeway over the lake. I kept the evening sun to my right and hustled quickly through, hoping to find the road before the sun descended. I found a few new bird hunting areas and a large field that had been planted with soybeans on my way to the road. I actually didn't know what they were at first. I had taken a few sample plants that afternoon to see if I could identify them (in the hopes that some were edible.) The bean pod had obviously been planted by the DNR. The plants had all been plowed over, save a few holdouts on the periphery of the field. Sitting in the car I decided to take a chance and taste one of the raw beans. It tasted a bit like a peanut, and a bit like a green bean. I wasn't quite sure what kind of bean they were at the time but knowing that deer corn was planted in the area I figured it was a cycle crop to improve the soil.
I got back out of the car to pick a few handfuls of the plants. I spent the last 15 minutes before sunset pulling up plants from the field and stuffing them into a backpack I had with me. A quick internet search showed me that the plants I had found were soybeans. After 15 minutes of picking and 5-1/2 hours of shelling I was left with a pound and a half of soybeans.
In my 2 successive hunting trips since then I've gathered what I could again from the field - I have found another field planted with soy near the first one. I now have 2 lbs of shelled beans and 2-1/2 lbs of beans still in their shells.
I've also cooked some of them up - I cooked some plain beans (boiled in water) and also ground some up in a pepper mill to see what they would taste like. I cooked 1/4 cup of the milled soybeans in 1/2 cup water, bringing it to a boil and then letting it simmer covered for 5 minutes. The final result tasted just like grits, so I added a pinch of sugar and some butter before I devoured them.