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Old Aug 26th 2013, 06:53 PM   #1
  Feb 2012
  Little Elm, TX
I know I'm crazy, but have always wanted to raise a few whitetail deer, more just for a hobby then go from there. Just want to get an idea of "mom and pop" start up cost, I don't have millions to start some big farm just a few acres to start with. Any input would be very welcome.

Thank you

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Old Aug 27th 2013, 05:49 AM   #2
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  Oct 2011
  Columbia City, IN
The simple math is that 300 ft of fence is about $400-$500 a roll, posts are 15-20 each, water lines, electricity, feeders, shelter, meds, dart gun, equipment etc. You can easliy have $5000-$10000 just to get started, depending on how big your pens will be. Then add the cost of whatever kind of deer you buy.

But, education and multiple trips to every farm possible, is worth its wieght in gold!
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Old Aug 27th 2013, 07:25 AM   #3
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  Jan 2011
  Lentner, MO
Also realize that it could possibly be 4 years from when you get started before you have any hunt bucks to sell. Assuming that is in your plans. That means 4 years of feed bills with $0 income. I would also advise that you be prepared and have a plan in place just in case EHD pays you a visit. I can be a lot of fun. It can also be somewhat challenging at times. Good luck to you.
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Old Aug 27th 2013, 08:00 AM   #4
  Aug 2012
  Waynesville, Ohio
Look we are a couple of weeks from bringing our first Deer home!!! I didn't pay for post or labor already had the predator wire electric fence charger water and electric ran already for our small pen and were around $1500.00 after pen feeders waters and dart rifle all were used.... I count my labor as free. Truthfully I'm probably closer to two grand after license and misc.... So I would consider our first pen cheap. Now if I would have bought everything I needed and paid someone to do the work I would be a lot closer to 8-10K no doubt. This cost is before actually purchasing the deer! By the way I'M SO FREAKING EXCITED ABOUT GETTING OUR BABIES HOME!!!!!
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Old Aug 27th 2013, 02:12 PM   #5
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  Apr 2009
  cental Pennsylvania

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Deer have about the highest start up cost of any livestock because of the regulations for fencing and so on. However If you do the work yourself and look for used fenceing and poles, ect.. you can do it fairly cheap as Ezra mentioned.

You said you want to do it as a small hobby. That's your best bet when starting off, don't get in to deep.

The number one thing to remember is deer are high risk, as is any livestock. Never spend the money EXPECTING to get it back. It takes a long time to recoup and you may never recoup a dime, All it takes is a dog or some curious neighbors that walk close them pen and spooks them and you can lose them all. Not to mention about a million other different ways they can hurt/ kill themselves, lol.

That being said, if you do get some deer. You will have a blast and probably be hooked for life, They are a very unique and special animal to have around. And if you get a tame bottlefed doe that runs to you for treats, your hobby can quickly turn into an obsession before you know it.
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Old Aug 27th 2013, 03:42 PM   #6
  Jan 2011
  Barnett Mo
We started 4 years ago we didnt sink alot of money up front we bought 1 roll of wire at 400 enough telephone post to do that pen $100 is what we paid you can find them free if you have the time to look and 2 does 1 of which was given to my daughter so only paid for 1 at 1k you dont have to have big feeders or auto waters if you are just going to have a couple deer as a hobby for now use a rubber feed pan for horses and Half of a blue 55 gal barrel works great for water all in all i had around 2k-2500 to start now 4 years later we have 47 deer granted we have lost a few here and there and sold a few but wouldnt trade it for the world
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Old Aug 28th 2013, 03:58 PM   #7
  Jul 2012
  Mannford, Oklahoma
We started building our first pen last August.

We bought 5 bred does and and were given a doe fawn we brought them all home last December.

This spring we were blessed with 7 fawns, 5 bucks and 2 does.

Another deer farm asked us to bottle feed some fawns for them, in return we were given 2 more doe fawns and 50 percent interest in a double Maxbo buck fawn.

Two months ago we started fencing in another 4 acres.

So far we have invested about $15, 000.00.

We went into this knowing that if everything goes well ws should see a return on our investment in 4-5 years.

Daren Lewis

Lawrence Creek Whitetails
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Old Aug 29th 2013, 06:51 AM   #8
  Feb 2012
  Little Elm, TX
I would like to thank everyone for their input, this has helped a lot.

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Old Sep 11th 2013, 05:02 PM   #9
  Jun 2009
  Perryville, Mo. USA
I have used 8' fence, 10' post, gates, handling shoot, etc. All selling for half price of new.

I will have the fence rolled up and marked how long each roll is.

Call or text 573-517-1865
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Old Oct 3rd 2013, 03:43 PM   #10
  Sep 2013
  Harrison, MI
We are planning on starting a small deer farm. With Fallow deer in the spring. We already have our fence we just have to pay for the permits and get the license, We live in central Michigan. Can anyone tell me where the closest breeder would be?
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Old Nov 30th 2013, 06:39 AM   #11
  May 2011
  Evansville, Indiana

I left my poles 10 feet above ground. I figured it was easier to add 2 feet of fence than 2 feet of pole and fence if regulation is ever changed. I also used fiberglass poles (i think theyre 9 inch on the corners and 2.5 or 3 in between, spaced every 10 feet). I highly recommend them because they allow the fence to have some give to it if one hits it.
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Old Nov 30th 2013, 06:42 AM   #12
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  Sep 2009
  Utica, PA Venango Co.

Where did the fiberglass poles come from? and how much are they?
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Old Dec 9th 2013, 04:36 AM   #13
  May 2011
  Evansville, Indiana

i cant remember the guys name. it is a guy that all he deals in is fiberglass stuff. il try and find it and get it on here. im thinking they were just a couple more dollars than regular poles.
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Old Dec 10th 2013, 06:23 PM   #14
  May 2011
  Evansville, Indiana

Norman Graber from Grabers Farm Supply. pretty sure they were $14 a piece
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Old Dec 11th 2013, 02:13 AM   #15
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  Apr 2009
  Northeast Wisconsin

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Wondering how fiberglass poles will hold up.* Will they get brittle and crack?* Especially in climates where it freezes.* We had Beem Fence install our fencing about 18 years ago and it is still good today.* He used oil well pipe casing for posts and it has held up very well.
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