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Old Mar 15th 2010, 04:45 PM   #1
 
  Mar 2010
  Zeeland, MI
Hello all,



Been on these forums for quite some time now looking around for answers to some of my bigger questions but I kept running in to someone saying one thing while someone else was say the opposite... I wont name any names but I just thought maybe I could create a post that could help me clear some of these questions up... Im sorry if someone thinks this is a waste of a thread cause the answers are in the forums, but I did look around and Im just confused by all the different answers I have been seeing. Ill also try not to ask questions that can be answered by my state DNR.



First category was fencing enclosures:



- Wood or metal posts? Iv seen people saying go wood and Iv seen people say go metal. What are the advantages of either or? I can see wood being cheaper maybe but not last as long, and I can see metal being cheaper but lasting for a really really long time...



- Suggested size of enclosures and how many for starting a deer farm? Iv seen lots of different answers for this one... What do some of you think a good starting size is for a deer farm, and how many enclosures should one start out with as a rough guess? And whats a good guess at how much the total price will be for a fenced enclosure including posts and all?



Second category was what types of Genetics should I buy for the type of business I could get into:



Iv seen LOTS of different answers for this one, probably the one that has me lost the most. I have not chosen what I want to breed for yet but maybe your answers can help?



- If breeding for Genetics should I start off with high genetic deer? I see talk of how much you should spend on your first few deer, some say buy what you can afford, some say buy for $1000 a doe, some say go all out and buy each doe for $5000 and up...?



- If breeding for Shooters should I start off with high genetic deer? Same type deal here, some say buy what you can afford, some say buy for $1000 a doe, some say go all out and buy each doe for $5000 and up...?



Third category was just two random questions:



- Would any of you let someone who knows nothing about Deer Farming volunteer with help on your farm?



- Deer vs Elk Farms, whats the difference when it comes to cost and the ease of new person in the business?



I thank you for reading my book and I appreciate anyone who can answer some or all of my questions as I am really looking into this hard and am in desperate need for clear non-contradicting information. THANKS!
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Old Mar 15th 2010, 05:07 PM   #2
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  Apr 2009
  Madill, Oklahoma

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There is no exact or perfect way to start raising deer.



Visit farms! Visit farms! Visit farms!



1. Wood or Metal?.........In the south, everybody uses metal.

2. 2 acre pens seem to be the norm. Some smaller for fawns and bigger for bucks.

3. Breed for the look YOU like.

4. Start small and learn. Spend what you can afford. A good start is a couple of high end bred does.



My $.02
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Old Mar 15th 2010, 05:29 PM   #3
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  May 2009
  St. Ignace, Northern Michigan

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Reed is right.In the north we use white cedar post because of availablity.I have some in the ground for about 40 years.You have to peel the bark off to make them last.Visit farms and pick their brains.I'm north of you but you are welcome anytime or e-mail me at info@deerranch.com.
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Old Mar 15th 2010, 05:32 PM   #4
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  Oct 2009
  upstate ny

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Have you ever heard of grizzly flats farm? They are in your state and that would be a great place to start.It is owned by kelly and hillary powell you will not find better people and they will send you in the right direction and they have some of the best deer you will find!! You can find their website on the exchange!!
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Old Mar 15th 2010, 05:47 PM   #5
 
  Apr 2009
  Tobin Lake, Saskatchewan
1.Where I'm from wood and metal cost the same, but metal posts are easier to drive and they are all the same in size and they are straight



2. I have pens that are 2 acres, 4 acres and 6 acres



3. breed what you like but pay attention to market wants



4.one $5000.00 doe will in the long run be worth 20 $1000.00 DOES, poor deer cost the same to feed as good deer
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Old Mar 15th 2010, 05:54 PM   #6
 
  Sep 2009
  FREMONT,MICHIGAN
Kelly is also the president of United Deer Farmers of Michigan. His heart is in deer farming. I also am a deer farmer and am located north of you about 60-65 miles in Fremont. If it wasn't so far to drive for you I would welcome you to come and volunteer. As far a posts I would use steel pipe hands down, I used,used oil well drilling pipe, 2 7/8 od It is 1/4 thick. You can get it in Mount Pleasant,MI, last I checked it was 1.50 per foot.
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