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Old Jan 4th 2012, 09:12 AM   #1
 
  Jan 2012
  Morehead, KY
Hello, I am in need of all kinds of info to get started. I basically need to know about transportation, tb testing, selling out of state, permits, and any paper work. The farm will be located in KY. I have the gates and fences, and plan on buying 2 does. Just don't understand all the other info. Please help.
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Old Jan 4th 2012, 09:19 AM   #2
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  Oct 2011
  Columbia City, IN
This is the best forum for pretty much all the info you need, but I would find a deer farmer close to you in KY to get your states exact rules and regs.



Good Luck and WELCOME to the awesome adventure of raising deer!
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Old Jan 4th 2012, 09:27 AM   #3
 
  Apr 2009
  Magnolia, Ohio
Contact your state association, KALA, and they should be able to help you out. Please visit as many farms as you can before you start and don't buy the first deer you look at. Study and learn all you possibly can about genetics and spend wisely. There are a ton of great producing bloodlines out there that sell for reasonable prices. Going slowly might save you a lot of heartaches and money. I don't know KY's movement rules but would suggest you only buy from tested herds. Every state you might sell to requires tested deer.
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Old Jan 4th 2012, 09:48 AM   #4
 
  Nov 2011
  Warriors Mark, PA
More specifically, you need to be aware of the length of time that the deer have been accredited for CWD monitoring. Maybe you already know that, but it should be stated in case you don't, because it could limit who you can sell to in the future. TB and brucellosis testing is easy, but you will want to make sure you have access to a vet that has a clue what to do with deer. There are a lot of differences in regs based on the state you are in, and where you want deer to come from and go to. Contact your state agency and go from there.

Also, FWIW, buy fewer numbers of better deer; quality over quantity all day long.
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Old Jan 4th 2012, 09:54 AM   #5
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  May 2009
  Tuscaloosa, Alabama

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Go see Joe and Abe Miller.. Kentucky Whitetails ..Great people and honest..They will help.you I bet.they are in Guthrie KY
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Old Jan 4th 2012, 01:09 PM   #6
 
  Jan 2012
  Morehead, KY
Been trying to get ahold of Joe and Abe most of the day. Will try again later on tonight tho.
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Old Jan 4th 2012, 01:52 PM   #7
 
  May 2009
  Northwest Illinois
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Originally Posted by ljturner
Hello, I am in need of all kinds of info to get started. I basically need to know about transportation, tb testing, selling out of state, permits, and any paper work. The farm will be located in KY. I have the gates and fences, and plan on buying 2 does. Just don't understand all the other info. Please help.


''Looking to start a deer farm'' -- WHAT?!?!?! Are you NUTS?!?!?!?



I'm of course just kidding(kinda).



The advice given to you above was spot on great advice. The only advice I could give you at this stage of the game is to do EXACTLY as they have told you in the above posts. Visiting as many deer farms as possible is huge, and when you have questions, asking your questions on here is a great way to escape some of the simple as well as the complicated problems that will no doubt arise sooner or later.

One other thing I guess you need to know is: If the vet in your area does not have years of first hand knowledge of treating/diagnosing deer, and chances are he doesn't, then I strongly advise you to pose your health questions on here, cause there is plenty of guys/gals on here that have had years and years of experience treating/diagnosing deer



Best of luck ljturner...you're gonna need it...just kiddin(kinda)
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Old Jan 4th 2012, 04:21 PM   #8
 
  May 2010
  Kinmundy Illinois
Go look at as many deer as you can, dont be in a rush to buy any. Look and then look some more. when you do buy make sure that you buy quality animal's. I would only be looking at good bread doe's. There are some good farm's in Ky and Mo that would be a good place to start looking. Watch the doe's that are on WTE this week, there are some good one's on there to give you an idea of what you can expect to pay. When I bought my first deer I done everything that you should not do, spent a lot of money for deer that I could not give away for free. I wish I could have a do over there. Those animal's are all gone now and much better have taken there place but I am just now where I should have started. Look at feed price's and understand what it will cost you to feed the animal's, then make sure you buy animal's that will do more for you than just pay for your feed. Like everyone has told you QUALITY over QUANITY, good quality is now much cheaper than when I bought my first deer. Good luck.
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Old Jan 4th 2012, 04:56 PM   #9
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  Apr 2009
  Edgar, WI

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Go look at as many deer as you can, dont be in a rush to buy any. Look and then look some more. when you do buy make sure that you buy quality animal's. I would only be looking at good bread doe's. There are some good farm's in Ky and Mo that would be a good place to start looking. Watch the doe's that are on WTE this week, there are some good one's on there to give you an idea of what you can expect to pay. When I bought my first deer I done everything that you should not do, spent a lot of money for deer that I could not give away for free. I wish I could have a do over there. Those animal's are all gone now and much better have taken there place but I am just now where I should have started. Look at feed price's and understand what it will cost you to feed the animal's, then make sure you buy animal's that will do more for you than just pay for your feed. Like everyone has told you QUALITY over QUANITY, good quality is now much cheaper than when I bought my first deer. Good luck.


Great post you got it going on.
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Old Jan 4th 2012, 05:14 PM   #10
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  May 2009
  Chillicothe, Missouri
You have been given some of the BEST advice on starting your journey in the deer business.......................It will be your responsability to use it! Listen and Learn..........For as long as you have deer you will be .............CONSTANTLY.........LEARNING!!
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Old Jan 5th 2012, 08:20 PM   #11
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  Jan 2010
  Kentucky

Cervid: Trace Country Whitetails
Hey im a deer farmer in ky, im about 45 mins from u. All the guys on here are giving u good info. My dad is the president of kala. If u need any help i sent u a pm with my number
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Old Jan 8th 2012, 09:23 AM   #12
 
  Jan 2012
  Morehead, KY
Visited some farms over the weekend. Learned a ton of things, we've been thinking about this for about 2 years so we are ready to go. Had a couple of questions I thought you all could answer that we didn't learn over the weekend.



Does anyone recommend having your bucks or does in a wooded area? Didn't see this over the weekend but just wanted to ask.



What do you recommend feeding the deer? Do you feed the bucks anything special when they start growing their antlers or different times of the year?



Anyone know of a good place to purchase a Dart gun, nothing too expensive just something simple.





THANKS FOR ALL THE REPLIES!!
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Old Jan 8th 2012, 09:31 AM   #13
 
  Apr 2009
  Fombell PA
The best scenario for your pens is a little of both trees for shade and field for forage......as far as dart guns go pnue dart here in PA is one of the largest manufacturers of dart guns and supplies that I know of........the feed is a tough one.....lots of farms have their own special recipes......some sell their feed......but it is hard to get the exact mixtures of what they use. I am using someone else's feed so I need to respect it and can not give you the exacts........someone on here may not care and give up their feed mixture.......anyhow......good luck with everything and I hope you have a great start up experience.....wait till those first set of fawns hit the ground for you.......awesome...awesome experience!!
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Old Jan 8th 2012, 09:42 AM   #14
 
  Jan 2012
  Morehead, KY
What kind of darts would you recommend?
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Old Jan 8th 2012, 10:56 AM   #15
 
  Apr 2009
  Polk, PA located in west central pa
I'm sure Henry Martin could fix you up on all your suplies. 1_717_507_6385
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