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Old Feb 8th 2012, 05:40 PM   #1
 
  Feb 2012
  PA
I am currently in the process of buying a new farm. I am wondering if there is anything the preserve owners are having trouble finding for there hunters. Such as certain sheep, red deer, elk other species of deer besides whitetail. I am currently raising whitetail just looking to raise something a little differant but also want to be able to move the animals. The deer will stay at other farm so possible transfer of sickness woulnt be a problem.
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Old Feb 9th 2012, 04:05 AM   #2
 
  Dec 2010
  Sydney, Australia
The money you guys get for young whitetail, the fact they twin & the young age you sell them, would make it pretty hard for other species to compete.



We had prices like that once,but they proved unsustainable.I can buy good breeding red deer hinds for $300 ($2000 25 years ago) & good fallow does for $100 now.

Hog deer are still the best return at about $1000 per hind but this is dropping fast as they become over supplied.



Sambar,rusa & chital are so abundent in the wild & we have almost no closed seasons on these species so they aren't worth much.Sambar also take 10 years to mature & weigh 600lbs,so you'd better have grass & browse to feed them.They'll also go you in the yards,& have killed a few farmers (most likely me to one day as they're really my favourite deer & I like to work "with" them).



I have thousands of straws in the tank (some going back to the 80's from big "name" boys from around the world) but why use them when a great stag is $1000 or less (I paid $300 for the red stag I'm using this year) & live breeding is easier.

Unlike whitetail ,red deer pedegree can be traced back to about 1618 in some lines,& they've seen the bell curve rise & fall a few times.



What your earning from whitetail is fantastic.

Getting other species will be great fun & increase your stockmanship & skills more than you could imagine,but are the returns there?



Hunters from the USA are interested in our rusa down here.Although tropical they survive in parks in the UK & mature young (6 to 7 years) so they could be an option if they are avaliable.



Good to see some optimism & investment in deer however you choose.



Good luck

Sharkey
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Old Feb 9th 2012, 04:57 AM   #3
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  Nov 2010
  Annville, PA

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Originally Posted by Lazy V Farm
I am currently in the process of buying a new farm. I am wondering if there is anything the preserve owners are having trouble finding for there hunters. Such as certain sheep, red deer, elk other species of deer besides whitetail. I am currently raising whitetail just looking to raise something a little differant but also want to be able to move the animals. The deer will stay at other farm so possible transfer of sickness woulnt be a problem.


Great question, tough to answer as there are several ranchs who do sell sheeps, hogs and several other great game animals already. Maybe check with a few of them to get your answer. If you need any fence or other related items give me a call, I am in PA as well and sell almost anything for deer farms
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Old Feb 10th 2012, 06:55 AM   #4
 
  Apr 2009
  Karnak, IL
Mule deer!!!!
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Old Feb 10th 2012, 10:46 PM   #5
 
  Feb 2011
  Pierre SD
I'm interested in trying some mule deer!! I think there would be a great market if you could get your hands on some great genetics, I here they are kinda hard to find and some people say they are hard to raise in a fence. If anyone has any available please let me know or knows someone who has some good ones.

Thanks,

Cody Warne
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Old Feb 11th 2012, 12:04 PM   #6
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  Apr 2009
  Vaughn, MT 59487

Cervid: mule deer,whitetail,elk,goats,bighorn & stone sheep & Alaskan dahl sheep
Cody,

Email me and I'll see if I can help you on mule deer. I can tell you what I have been doing with mule deer. Thanks.
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Old Feb 11th 2012, 01:34 PM   #7
 
  Apr 2009
  Saskatchewan, Canada
Does everyone know that www.mountainviewmulies.com has exportable semen available (already drawn)? They are friends of ours here in Saskatchewan. Give them a call (ask for Chris) he might be able to help you out with genetics. (They also advertise in Deer Tracking, you can see them pg 43 in the winter issue)
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Old Feb 11th 2012, 02:17 PM   #8
 
  Apr 2009
  Fombell PA
There has got to be a reason why the mulies have not migrated to the East.....I have NO idea why.....but it just seems strange to me......why wouldn't they.....everything seems tone favorable?!!
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Old Feb 12th 2012, 05:29 AM   #9
 
  Apr 2009
  Central Illinois
Maybe they don't swim good.
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Old Feb 16th 2012, 03:14 PM   #10
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  Feb 2012
  South Dakota
I agree! Raise Mule Deer! There are very few of us out there.
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