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Old Jan 17th 2016, 07:45 AM   #1
 
  May 2014
  WI
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.
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Old Jan 17th 2016, 08:17 AM   #2
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  Apr 2009
  Cascade, Iowa

Cervid: whitetails


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.
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Old Jan 17th 2016, 08:36 PM   #3
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  May 2011
  Linesville, PA


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.
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Old Jan 18th 2016, 04:06 AM   #4
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  Apr 2009
  Cascade, Iowa

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We also dart to AI. We run around 85% conception rate. 2 years ago we got 100%
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Old Jan 18th 2016, 05:04 AM   #5
 
  May 2014
  WI
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.
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Old Jan 18th 2016, 05:09 AM   #6
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  Oct 2009
  upstate ny

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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.
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Old Jan 18th 2016, 05:44 AM   #7
 
  May 2014
  WI
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.
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Old Jan 18th 2016, 12:55 PM   #8
 
  Apr 2009


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
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Old Jan 18th 2016, 01:38 PM   #9
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  Apr 2009
  Vaughn, MT 59487

Cervid: mule deer,whitetail,elk,goats,bighorn & stone sheep


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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