An Introduction to Deer Farming

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Bowhunter bloodtrailing a deer
As a deer farmer, you don't just harvest venison with your weapon. Unfortunatley, death in transporting the deer is inevitable. So on top of your hunting venison income, farmers must count in their transit casualties too. That's a lot of venison; a lot that could be donated too if you so wish. Hunter shown wearing Lost Camo.

9. BE A MANAGER

This means managing your deer herd. In other words, thinning as needed, isolating problem deer, and penning animals weak and dying. It also means control the carrying capacity of the head on the property available.

10.BE A CHEMIST

This entails learning about medications such as anti-inflammatories, anti-biotics, pain killers, depressants, and tranquilizers. It would be advantageous to become friends with a drug salesperson and a local vet to avoid calls at night.

11. BE A REPORTER

Because the local papers, deer hunters, law enforcement personal, anti-hunters, and game activists all love to visit, it is important to learn the politics of deer survival and the skills of public speaking.

12. BE A STATISTICIAN

Do this by keeping exact records on newborn, injured, buck doe ratios, does bred, grandchildren and names for all, of course!

13. BE A TEACHER

Now that you have become an authority and deer expert, you will be asked to teach at schools --social groups and clubs, and speak at seminars on deer management. You will talk on the radio and be seen on the television as a professor.

14. BE A STUDENT

Don’t assume that you know everything. It is important learn more about deer with each new dawn, feeding study on activity, fighting, breeding and deer society patterns.

15. BE A LABORER

Being a deer farmer means you are on a never ending roll to clean pens, build fences, get feed, repair trees and plant, repair gear, mow and commit to your many friends- the deer who always need work done for them.

16. BE A REFEREE

When bucks fight and struggle you will be the only one there to step in, especially at night when most fights occur. Deer society has structure, and you will learn who is in charge and who must go.

17 . BE A MORTICIAN

As much as you try to avoid it, death will occur, and you will need to remove the deer carcass, manage the body for butchering and meat packaging, remove organs for research and study and place them in proper containers with preservatives available for review. You will also dispose of insides, and adhere to county policies for disposal of such.

18. BE A BUTCHER

All meat from animals should be properly hung, dressed and packaged for eating. Many in the community will learn your techniques on meat handling and packaging.

19. BE AN ACCOUNTANT

Since the state will require an exact count of all deer and those brought in wounded or hurt for rehabilitation, you should strive to be more like an accountant. Books should be kept on doe birth and fawns who reach maturity or who die, buck-doe ratios, etc. deer weights, ages, and health conditions.

20. BE A BARTERER

This will come in handy when you need to negotiate with your local grocery stores for old greens, vegetables, old bread, and other foods which can be fed to deer. Expect to trade off with local farmers for corn, beans, etc. for meat.

21. BE A NURSERY SUPERVISOR

A young fawn will eat 12x a day, eliminate 15 to 18 and urinate 20x a day, so you will need to keep a special place for them to live for the first 3 weeks, day and night, to meet their needs. Your fawn nursery will be a challenge.

22. BE A JANITOR

Because there is always something that needs to be cleaned and disposed of (debris, old food, skins, untouched food, toys, limbs from trees, and water and feed troughs) be prepared to get this done 3 hours before they need attention.

23. BE A LANDSCAPING

Your deer herd will eat everything green, so you better be sure to plant regularly with new trees, grass, vegetables, and eliminate weeds. Otherwise they will make big deer scrapes and ruin grass, pull out plants, and chew bark off certain trees.

24. BE AN ENGINEER

Know what to build and where for birthing areas, shelters for wind, rain, and snow. Learn how to organize food and water areas, pens and sheds for tools and insulation areas for problem deer; proper fences and electric lines to control deer.

25. BE A CONSTRUCTION SUPERINTENDENT

In order to build or repair anything any time of day requires having a full tool shop and work bench so that you can repair fences, pens, and holes dug by deer, or visitors who toss objects over the fence tops. Fixing pumps and generators when the power is off, and heating water tubs when they freeze.

26. BE A FRIEND OF THE DEER

This is the most rewarding and perhaps best role of all. For success, one must be empathetic, totally giving of their love and time for the rewards these unusual pets return. You will need to be a nature lover; understanding the fine blend of survival in quantity and quality. In addition, you should also learn to respect this magnificent creature.

Those who learn to appreciate the many wonderful aspects of this big game animal will be given hours of satisfaction in observation, sharing, and production of a deer society totally managed by them.

You will also be contributing to the knowledge of deer lovers. This will open doors for new friendships. Your personal field genetics, nutrition, and aging knowledge will support quality deer management movements.

Essentially you will be sharing knowledge by having the land, energy, time, finances, and skill to support a deer herd that lives in harmony and peace, unchallenged and unattached by predators.

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