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Old Nov 28th 2014, 12:53 PM   #1
 
  Nov 2014
  Linton ND
I live in North Dakota and was thinking about starting a little hobby deer farm. I don't know anything about raising them. I was wondering where I could get just some cheaper ones just to start out then maybe stick more money into it? Also how much feance would I need to have maybe 4 does and 1 buck? Do I need more then 1 pen for like breeding? Do I keep the buck away when the fawns are born? Anyone know any of the laws in North Dakota? Thank you for any help.





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Old Nov 28th 2014, 03:58 PM   #2
 
  Jan 2013
  NJ, deer are kept in PA
Corey,

your in the right place. Browse the forums here. Answers to your questions are in the forums here somewhere. You will also read things that will answer questions down the road...feed,marketing your deer, pest control and a Alot of other things. Have a pen and paper handy while browsing for jotting down notes as you read. Take your time and visit deer farms and make friends. Good luck


I browse the forums Alot and read things that I haven't read before.
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Old Nov 28th 2014, 05:27 PM   #3
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  May 2009
  St. Ignace, Northern Michigan

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Cory : Your statement to get cheaper ones will lead you down the wrong track. I have never seen where cheaper was better.It cost the same to feed a normal deer as it does to feed a deer with great genetics.It will pay off when you start to sell your fawns. You can build a suitable pen for your 5 deer with 2 330 foot rolls and local peeled cedar post for a reasonable price. Check with the DNR & Dep;t of Ag. for requirements needed in your state and visit deer farms when ever you can.
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Old Nov 28th 2014, 07:29 PM   #4
 
  Nov 2014
  Linton ND
Thank you guys for getting back with me. I just wanted a cheaper deer or 2 to start with for a year or two. So I could get the hang of it. I know cheap is not the way to go I raise cattle and buy good bloodlines. But I just know nothing about raising deer.



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Old Nov 28th 2014, 07:53 PM   #5
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  Oct 2009
  upstate ny

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Thank you guys for getting back with me. I just wanted a cheaper deer or 2 to start with for a year or two. So I could get the hang of it. I know cheap is not the way to go I raise cattle and buy good bloodlines. But I just know nothing about raising deer.



Thanks, Corey




If you are raising cattle and doing fine then you will do fine with whitetails. Thay all need the same really. Food,Water and shelter. Your biggest task will be trying to sell females. Thats where blood comes in and then it can still be tough. You can sell the boys about anywhere. You are right to start small and learn but start small with the best blood you can afford to buy...AND LOSE! *Good Luck!
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Old Nov 29th 2014, 06:41 AM   #6
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  Sep 2009
  Utica, PA Venango Co.


I think starting out in the past few years is a little different than it used to be. You don't have to spend a lot of money to get "good does". In the past, cheap used to mean lesser quality genetics, According to recent auction prices, the difference between the lesser quality genetics and "good does" isn't much money. Do lots of research on the genetics. It appears there are lots of "good does", cheap.


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Find some farmers that are close to you and have been in business a while, and have some farm visits. These will be some of your most valuable resources.
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Old Nov 29th 2014, 10:36 AM   #7
 
  Nov 2014
  Linton ND
Ok sounds good you all been a big help!



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Old Nov 29th 2014, 10:38 AM   #8
 
  Nov 2014
  Linton ND
Anyone know any farms that are in or around North Dakota.
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Old Nov 29th 2014, 11:24 AM   #9
 
  Jul 2014
  Waveland, Misissippi


Hello Cory, anything we can offer on health or nutrition questions please feel free to ask and will be happy to help you.
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Old Nov 29th 2014, 05:06 PM   #10
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  May 2009
  Chillicothe, Missouri


Buy Does that are out of PROVEN..................Sires and Dams!............."cheaper" is NOT what it used to be! PERIOD!!!!


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I bought a fawn for $ 11,000 had her 4 yrs and only got a son last year!


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Sold her BRED to a 300" Buck 6x7 with 30" Beams that has SEVERAL............160" + Sons on the ground and 2 yr old sons 200" - 300"+ ..........


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..................For $500


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Do some "Homework".........................I'll have some fawns out of last years latest and greatest that will go to the burger pile as will MANY others.................Just ask around! **


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SAD............But TRUE!
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Old Nov 29th 2014, 06:14 PM   #11
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You can always count on Wayne to sugar coat things. LOL. It is great advice.
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Old Nov 29th 2014, 07:12 PM   #12
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You can always count on Wayne to sugar coat things. LOL. It is great advice.




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Old Nov 30th 2014, 08:08 AM   #13
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Good luck with your deer farm.* Proceed with caution, I heard the guy that bought Wayne's doe for $500 is going broke in the deer business!
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Old Nov 30th 2014, 01:52 PM   #14
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  Feb 2013
  Markleville IN


I hate to be Debbie downer but I really do not see how anyone would want to start in this business right now.* All the issues with CWD, tracebacks and quarantines*makes one very nervous.* One* purchase and the ending could not be good.* If I knew now four years ago what I know now, I likely would not be in the business.* Its like living on pins and needles.


So my suggestion would be at this stage to start very small and stay small until all the CWD issues sort themselves out.* The latest Ohio cwd issue has been eerily quiet and I have a feeling that that is not good.* Hope I'm wrong.*


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You can get you some very solid does right now for next to nothing and either upgrade with reasonable semen or get a GOOD breeder.* Wish you the best of luck.* Lets face it we are all in the shooter market one way or another.* If you want to be in the breeder market you will have to spend a ton of money on animals and*advertising.
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Old Nov 30th 2014, 02:18 PM   #15
 
  Nov 2014
  Linton ND
Thanks for all the info. You guys are really a big help on here! Very good info on the fourm!
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