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Old Jan 13th 2018, 07:49 PM   #1
 
  Jan 2018
  Pennsylvania
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Hey everyone, first time posting on this forum. Anyways, my brother and I are in the planning stages of starting our own whitetail farm and are loaded with questions.

First off, after some research I have seen a lot of people keeping their average pen size at 100ft x 300ft, but what is the maximum capacity for a pen like this?

Any tips, advice, or helpful links would be awesome!

Thanks!
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Old Jan 14th 2018, 09:32 AM   #2
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  Jan 2013
  Cando, ND
About 10 deer per acre is about the max. the more room the better
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Old Jan 14th 2018, 04:22 PM   #3
 
  Dec 2017
  Indiana
Much like cattle. If you plan to supplement their feed and can rotate pastures so that the mud hole can reestablish after being run down to nothing then fill it with as many as you'd like. Your states Board of Animal Health is a great resource. Animal husbandry is important with any livestock you raise. 10-15 deer per acre would be a good number to start and evaluate your farms conditions after a season.
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Old Jan 14th 2018, 08:05 PM   #4
 
  Jan 2018
  Pennsylvania
Awesome, thanks for the input!
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Old Jan 15th 2018, 04:33 AM   #5
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  Apr 2009
  Clinton, PA

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Where in PA are you located? I like to stay away from the 10 per acre. But I hate seeing mud. I honestly think 10 is at the very top of the range when trying to keep good pens. I would advise you to make multiple small pens rather than one large pen. More pens and more alley ways makes for better handling and easier sorting.
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Old Jan 17th 2018, 01:09 PM   #6
 
  Jan 2018
  Pennsylvania
I am in the Greensburg area currently, and am planning on staying in the western part of the state, so mud will be a factor to consider.

I want to begin visiting actual deer farms in the area and seeing some of the different setups first hand. So if anyone would be kind enough to give a tour that would be awesome.
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