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Old Nov 19th 2015, 06:14 PM   #1
  Jan 2014
  Sundridge Ontario Canada
I was just wondering how many deer farmers have hunted on a game farm to get the feel of the industry and what the industry lid looking for? And if so what did you think
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Old Nov 20th 2015, 06:51 AM   #2
  Nov 2013
  Mission MN
As a deer farmer and hunt preserve outfitter and my son with his taxidermy business we get to visit many deer farms and hunt preserves. I have never hunted at another preserve but certainly am close to all our clients and their is a very rewarding experience to see a youngster harvest a first deer or to see a grown man cry as he readies for a picture over a 210" buck. Even more rewarding to host disabled vets and children who have lost their dad to cancer. Our regular client base profits allow us to use our facility to give back to an industry and the outdoors which has been our family lifestyle for several generations. The toughest part of the routine is on that rare occasion to send a hunter home without a harvest or not recover the deer that was wounded.

We want to extend an invitation to all deer farmers to hunt our Minnesota Trophy Woods Ranch facility.
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Old Nov 20th 2015, 06:14 PM   #3
  Jan 2014
  Sundridge Ontario Canada
. When I first found out that their was hunting preserves I couldn't believe that people hunted Behind a fence. how hard is it to kill a deer behind a fence.

I was on a hunting trip in Kentucky six years ago and the Owner of the camp ask me if I wanted to hunt a management buck that he wanted out of his preserve. Up to this point I was against hunting behind a high fence. I was also against deer farming.

Six years latter I have 35 deer, and I try to hunt on a different preserve every year to support the industry that I enjoy so much. In the past six years I've gotten to know a lot of really great people .

Do any of you guys/girls get a chance to hunt any of the preserves that buy your bucks. if so, how was your experience?
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Old Nov 21st 2015, 03:45 PM   #4
  Jan 2011
  Houston, Texas

I hunted with Shannon Thiex before deciding to raise deer or start a preserve.*

-I had a great time and quickly decided I wanted to have my own preserve.*

-Not only is it cheaper to hunt a preserve than a lease it is absolutely no pressure just plain fun hunting.*


My concerns with my own place is making it zoo like.*

-Last year before my fence was up I fed regularly and herds of does would come out to the sound of the tractor which is amazing but worry that if it is like this behind fence it will be perceived differently.

-Secondly I like fallow deer and but I have the same issue that it is zoo like appearance fear to release them because they are not native.


9/10 hunters want a gnarly non-typical buck when they are not paying by the inch, but when they pay by the inch they want a clean mainframe.
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Old Nov 22nd 2015, 08:31 PM   #5
  Jul 2015
  Plymouth, IN
I have hunted at preserves on two occasions. These experiences are what has driven me to become interested in raising whitetails behind a high fence, as well. I am very intrigued with growing big, healthy, beautiful deer and have done so for some time in a low fence environment. I love everything about the whitetail and have raised registered Hereford cattle for years, with my family, so it's a good fit for my family and I to raise deer.

In my opinion, there are two main types of preserve hunters. I am sure there are several different levels below, above and in between these two classifications, but here are my thoughts: The first type of preserve hunter is the collector. This hunter is typically very well off and has the resources to collect trophies and experiences repeatedly, which the majority of the general population would consider unattainable or on rare occasion in one's lifetime. The collector harvests trophies within the higher echelon of the offering. They also are known to harvest multiple trophies during a visit to a hunt ranch.

The second type of hunter is the gentleman, or lady, that is seeking an experience that he/she cannot attain in their typical hunting range. Whether that be the harvest of an exceptional trophy or hunting a population of game, which is not traditionally present outside of a high fence hunting preserve, this hunter wants something different and better than the norm.

As I recollect my preserve hunting experiences, I can remember in detail the occasions where a deer, or the outfitter, did something that I was not accustomed to experiencing in a typical hunting setting. For example, the wind swirls and the deer run off 10 yards. Then the wind switches back and the deer go about their business. On another occasion, we were walking to the stand and were spotted by some deer. We got in the tree and the same deer emerged 10 minutes later into bow range.

I think it is important to understand as much as possible about each customer's expectations prior to the hunt. This will ensure that the preserve can work to meet or exceed those expectations. It may also be important to inform the client with pertinent information about the trophies and the hunting methods, in an effort to ward off any surprises. Shock value is probably the most important component to a great experience. The more surprises involved during the hunt, the better the overall experience and more rewarding that trophy accomplishment will be. That's what I'd be looking for.
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