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Old Feb 8th 2018, 04:41 PM   #1
 
  Jan 2018
  Ky
How to start out?

Hi im in the process of planning for my farm and was curious how everyone here started out with their deer. Did you buy bred does? fawns? does and bucks? and can you also give me the reason why you did what you did. thank you.
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Old Feb 9th 2018, 04:27 AM   #2
 
  Sep 2017
  Oklahoma

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I just started out and I purchased bred does in 2017. Mostly because I didn't have to spend on a buck right out of the gate and could concentrate on getting a good doe line started. Now this summer, I'll be looking for a buck and based on what my does have thrown in the past will help me pick the best buck to produce what I want. This is also the path that had been suggested for me to follow before I even decided what deer to purchase when I was visiting farms. Hope this helps you some. Good luck.
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Old Feb 9th 2018, 05:48 AM   #3
 
  Dec 2017
  Indiana
We bought 3 bred does, 2 fawn does and one fawn buck.
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Old Feb 9th 2018, 06:45 AM   #4
 
  Feb 2014
  Monticello Fl
We started 6 years ago, with 2 bred does and one pen. We made mistakes, one of which was just having one pen. Another mistake, was not visiting enough farms. It looks like your in Florida, come for a visit.
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Old Feb 9th 2018, 09:47 AM   #5
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  Feb 2011
  Blair County, PA

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My opinion and what i wish i would have done is to start with bred doe, couple reasons you will get offspring right away - with fawns you have to wait for them to grow mature, breed and then have offspring could take 2 years - with buying bred doe you can have other genitcs than your, plus you get the doe with bred doe you get three for the price of one also start with better genetics than more deer it will pay for itsself
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Old Feb 10th 2018, 02:52 PM   #6
 
  Apr 2017
  Royalton, MN
We just started and everyone told us the same thing, start with bred does. The the guy we bought our deer from is letting us borrow a buck to breed with for the year to get started.
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Old Feb 11th 2018, 06:53 AM   #7
 
  Jan 2018
  Ky
thanks for all of the replies. what is the average cost of a top quality bred doe? im going to be looking to buy in Kentucky and Indiana. im in the beginning stages of starting my farm.
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Old Feb 11th 2018, 09:16 AM   #8
 
  Dec 2017
  Indiana
When are you looking for bred does, if it's this fall I am in Indiana and can get you in contact with a couple other farms as well.
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Old Feb 12th 2018, 01:09 PM   #9
 
  Jan 2018
  Ky
Thank you id appreciate it
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Old Feb 22nd 2018, 06:34 AM   #10
 
  Apr 2017
  Linden, AL
My suggestion would be to start with small numbers of deer. That being said, I would go ahead and plan on having one or two empty pens to begin with. That will allow you to grow easily and also help if you need to separate deer for whatever reason. I do not own my own deer, I work for a guy and manage close to 200 deer (in breeder pens). When I first started the herd was around 75. Being two years in I have learned several things the hard way, though I had a great contact list to help with small problems. I genuinely wish that I could have started with very few deer to learn slowly. It is a great job to have none the less. One more big piece of advise is to visit as many farms as you can, and get as many phone numbers as you can. Other than that have fun and enjoy the animals!
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