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Old Oct 12th 2015, 09:53 AM   #1
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  Apr 2014
  Greensburg, IN
We will be began hunting operations again the end of this month. These will be our first hunters since 2005. We are turning all of our hunt bucks into the preserve. This is a great chance for a hunter to get a great typical buck.

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Old Oct 12th 2015, 01:53 PM   #2
 
  Nov 2013
  Mission MN
Good luck with that venture. .bucks look great!
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Old Oct 12th 2015, 03:07 PM   #3
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  Apr 2014
  Greensburg, IN
We used to have around 50 clients. That's about the amount of bucks we are able to annually churn out of our breeding operation. We are not looking to make millions. I don't want my path to heaven to be through the eye of a needle.
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Old Oct 13th 2015, 01:11 PM   #4
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  Apr 2009
  Northeast Wisconsin

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I think you will find that things have changed since 2005. There are a lot more preserves and some that are real price cutters. A lot more competitive.
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Old Oct 13th 2015, 01:56 PM   #5
 
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  Fort Wayne, Ind

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Jonathan I wish you and your family the best of luck.
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Old Oct 13th 2015, 02:27 PM   #6
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  Apr 2014
  Greensburg, IN
Thanks Ed!
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Old Oct 13th 2015, 02:40 PM   #7
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I think you will find that things have changed since 2005. There are a lot more preserves and some that are real price cutters. A lot more competitive.

We have sold hunts for about half our bucks without much effort. My families connections in the gun business are a blessing. I don't have time to look for stocker bucks. We may just hunt our own bucks born on the property each year. When they are gone we will be done for the year.
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Old Oct 14th 2015, 07:42 AM   #8
 
  Apr 2009
  Karnak, IL


Are your hunts $3900 up to 200 inches? I might have read that wrong.
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Old Oct 14th 2015, 08:56 AM   #9
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  Apr 2014
  Greensburg, IN
We have a look that seems to sell well to more hunters. It is true there is a hunter for every deer. Some hunters for certain bucks are harder to find. We hope that the discipline of our breeding program has resulted in the kind of deer the majority of hunters are after.
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Old Oct 14th 2015, 09:16 AM   #10
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  Greensburg, IN
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Are your hunts $3900 up to 200 inches? I might have read that wrong.Yes,

They are bucks I have raised. Most are big smooth tined 4 by 4's and 5 by 5's. We are charging a flat fee of 3,900 for one buck. It will be up to the hunter's skill and discretion what size buck they harvest. Clients who book early each year will get the opportunity at the most bucks. Most of the bucks in our preserve are 160"-180". There are a few bigger. We will try and harvest around 75% of the bucks each year and leave the remainder until the next season. We plan on putting our yearlings into the preserve in the future. We will harvest them at 3 years. Typicals are very hardy and do well on a high fiber natural diet. We are not guaranteeing a hunter any certain size.
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Old Oct 14th 2015, 09:57 AM   #11
 
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  Karnak, IL


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Old Oct 16th 2015, 02:02 PM   #12
 
  Apr 2009
  Ewing, Illinois


Jonathan I respect your opinions and the work yo and your father have done for Indiana and all deer farmers, But;


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Do you ever feel with your prices being this low that you might be hurting or undercutting breeders and other controlled hunting areas? *I understand that you are not out to make big money, but if all the other preserves have to sell their hunts that cheap to compete that will drive the prices down on shooters. *Great for the hunter, but very very bad for the small farmer trying to feed his animals.
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Old Oct 16th 2015, 05:48 PM   #13
 
  Apr 2009
  Ewing, Illinois


I see and understand. *Just on the face value all I saw was you were hunting bucks at prices lower than I would sell my clean 190's. It is more of a sticker shock now that I look at it. I assume more hunters will walk away without a buck or smaller buck. I just talk to a lot of growers that are just feeding deer with no profit at some of the prices these days. I also get calls weekly from guys trying to sell bucks. If the buyers start quoting me your prices I just wanted to be able to inform them that these are not 190 prices.
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Old Oct 16th 2015, 05:50 PM   #14
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  Apr 2014
  Greensburg, IN
The hunter will never support the breeder market spending 1000+ for semen. It isn't right to expect preserves to compensate folks for making poor decisions in the breeder market and buying hyped overpriced stock. Profit can be made raising clean typical 160-180" two year olds. We plan to prove it.
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Old Oct 16th 2015, 06:01 PM   #15
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  Oct 2015
  Kansas City, Missouri
I couldnt agree more! Hunters want cleaner looking deer. If you can raise those types of deer in two years you will do well.
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