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JADA Jan 17th 2016 07:45 AM

Just curious how many farms are operating without a handler. We are in our third year and haven't used a handler to date. We have tested and handled many deer without any issues thus far.

I have been around a few farms that used a handler and found the deer to be very wild and stressed.

Any thoughts would greatly appreciated.

HAB Whitetails Jan 17th 2016 08:17 AM



We have never had a chute. We have had deer for over 10 years and dart everything. I don't have anything against a chute


It is just that our pens are not together, where one chute would catch them all. I guess that is our fault, when we started we never gave a thought about a chute.


We able to dart with just using compounded rompum.

Padencreek Jan 17th 2016 08:36 PM



5 years without and agree they get very stressed going through the chute.* However, if you AI, you need*to dart to place CIDRS, to pull them, and then to perform the actual AI.* It's times like those I wish I had one.

HAB Whitetails Jan 18th 2016 04:06 AM



We also dart to AI. We run around 85% conception rate. 2 years ago we got 100%

JADA Jan 18th 2016 05:04 AM

Thanks for the input. We have stressed over this since the beginning. The more we handle the deer the better we feel about not having a chute. I'm not crazy about darting so many times to AI but still feel that's a better option than the chute. Out of 18 breeding does I could use a jab stick on half of them and the others are thirty footers at the most. We will be building a handling facility this spring and plan to leave room for a chute if the situation every warrants, however hearing from just a few others that it has worked for you puts us more at ease.

Four Seasons Whitetails Jan 18th 2016 05:09 AM

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Thanks for the input. We have stressed over this since the beginning. The more we handle the deer the better we feel about not having a chute. I'm not crazy about darting so many times to AI but still feel that's a better option than the chute. Out of 18 breeding does I could use a jab stick on half of them and the others are thirty footers at the most. We will be building a handling facility this spring and plan to leave room for a chute if the situation every warrants, however hearing from just a few others that it has worked for you puts us more at ease.




Yup same here. State made us build one but have darted for 5-6 years now. Running like 90% on Ai. Problem is that your does will get to know that noise and that thing in your hand and they will be on the other side of the pen. A chute will almost be a must after a few years darting them.

JADA Jan 18th 2016 05:44 AM

Some of our older girls already know what the gun is. We have long narrow pens so that I can access them with more ease and less stress. We also keep our numbers down so as not to effect as many deer in each pen. I do plan on ordering a pistol for next fall to help keep it concealed longer.

Simonson Jan 18th 2016 12:55 PM



We have a papa chute and for running does and fawns you cant beat it for time and cost of darting! *I wouldnt be farming with out it *Vaccinating, tagging, A I ing a chute is the way to go! *But what do I know I raise deer! *HA HA*


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Good luck with whatever way you go! *JIM

Jack Jan 18th 2016 01:38 PM



I had darted for twenty five years but it just got to be too much for A.I in my opinion.* I build a handling facility with cubes and a drop chute.* Everything has worked so easy with that in place I don't know how I worked with deer without it for all those years.* I wouldn't go back to darting for A.I. for nothing.* I do still give antibiotics or sedate for emergencies.


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