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Old November 10th, 2015, 09:51 PM
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I was approached by an investor interested in deer farming. I have the land but little know how... he has the money and markets. Anyone know much about the industry? What are the challenges with deer other than the extreme height of fencing needed? I have heard it can be dangerous during mating (rut?) season but other than that... I don't know much. Feed, shelter, cost of live stock, etc... all helpful if you are in the know.

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Better off with a hunting preserve. There is a high fence operation up the road that has 1800 acres high fenced. "Management" bucks start out at $2500. I think a 160-170" buck is $6-7000, and some of the biggest go for $25,000.
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Bryan - I believe you can only farm fallow (non-native) deer and not whitetails. I know someone near us started a farm 20+ years ago and the animals had to be quarantined for some time. Before the quarantine was up one of them was found to be diseased and the entire herd was destroyed.

I also recall there was a double fence required. Stick with farming trees!
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I would run that guy off fast. My brother-in-law thought this was a great idea about ten years ago. After ten years and tens of thousands of dollars or even a 100,000s they started selling off then disease hit and 80% of the herd died. They spent countless hours and lost thousands. A few operations control all the really high end gene pools. Unless you have mega bucks your setting yourself up for a big loss. I can guarantee you he would not be open to maple syrup operations in the deer area. Diets are very specialized and there are strict regulations for disease control. You'd be better off setting a high price on the land and selling it to him. You ever hear the saying a fool and his money is soon parted.
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I don't know the specifics of deer farming but I'll echo Buckeye's testament. Here in PA, they attribute the presence of CWD in the state to a single deer brought in to a deer farm in either Adams or York County. Now, it's spread (and continues to spread) throughout the state. There are two main CWD areas in the state where the regulations are tightened for transportation of the carcass/meat and the game commission has resorted to a special doe tag to reduce the number of deer per square mile.

Now, being one of those unlucky souls whose camp resides in and has always hunted in one of these areas means one thing - seeing way fewer deer than even the past few years combined. I get it, you need to have a balance of animals to habitat. But thanks to CWD, it's even more exaggerated as the desire to have fewer and fewer animals makes it tough to hunt. I feel for young hunters trying to get into the sport because let's face it, not seeing critters makes it tough to gain interest.

I guess what I'm trying to say is deer farming seems to have far reaching consequences that go well beyond the fence, but to each there own. All you can do is make your best decision based on the facts you gather.
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Missouri Department of Conservation is saying that once the CWD gets in the ground they have no idea of how long it stays in ground, forever, they think.. So far they have not found place that the ground cleared of the CWD, so it is there forever. I hope that some day someone finds a cure to kill it in the ground.
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Missouri Department of Conservation is saying that once the CWD gets in the ground they have no idea of how long it stays in ground, forever, they think.. So far they have not found place that the ground cleared of the CWD, so it is there forever. I hope that some day someone finds a cure to kill it in the ground.
It seems like a fire and heat kills almost anything. I wonder if areas that have experienced forest fires are free from the CWD prions that are in the ground?
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Good info everyone - thanks. Not quit as rosy a picture as what our Ministry of Agriculture paints on their website and I had never heard of CWD. I will do further research into this based on the posts in this thread but right now I am thinking deer is not the specialty farming I am looking for.
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Based on the website link posted by 3rdgen CWD only impacts white tail and mule deer so far. That being said I am leaning more toward emu farming.
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