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Old Nov 13th 2016, 06:01 PM   #1
 
  Nov 2016
  michigan
deer farm questions

I am looking into buying a existing deer farm and was wondering what can I do for funding and possible grants? I was told that whitetailed deer is a exotic animal and they wont give any funding for it? wondering if I can get some info on what to do..
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Old Nov 14th 2016, 07:17 AM   #2
 
  Apr 2009
  Michigan
Be very careful. there are very few facilities in the state that are profitable. Do your research before launching into any venture. Not a venture for the faint in heart. Meaning unless you have money to loose.

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Old Nov 14th 2016, 05:25 PM   #3
 
  Nov 2016
  michigan
Thanks Alex,

This farm has 65 to 70 deer on it with many bucks, a 3000 sqft home and a 30x40 pole shed with living quarters in it. The fencing is only a couple years old and it is only 120 acres with 2 small lakes on it fully stocked. It comes with all the equipment, and clients. He is willing to let me do a land contract even. The guy and his wife are retiring and would like to see it go to someone that will appreciate it. I have a question for you are you a deer breeder ?
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Old Nov 15th 2016, 04:49 AM   #4
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  Oct 2014
  Garrettsville, OH
Would you buy this property if it didnt have the deer farm on it? Ask him what the feed bill is a month? 70 deer im gonna guess 2500 a month. What do his bucks average the last 3 years. Take into consideration market has dropped. In my state (ohio) 120 acres will make a preserve thats another option. Just some thoughts
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Old Nov 15th 2016, 05:06 AM   #5
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  Apr 2009
  Edgar, WI

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If you like the property great then buy it. Do not buy it thinking you are buying a profitable business. You will not make money. Period!
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Old Nov 15th 2016, 05:14 PM   #6
 
  Nov 2016
  michigan
Thank you for the feed back. now a question, WHY would it not be a very profitable business I independence ranch I don't plan on making millions I just want to get into doing something that I have a passion for and make the bills. Now I know that its not a very big ranch to bring hunters on but I think with the right words like a one on one experience, make it a family hunt. A deer lodge for the family hunters.
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Old Nov 16th 2016, 05:35 AM   #7
 
  Sep 2016
  Oneida NY
I just did the same thing in NY 3 years ago. I went into it thinking that I would pay the bills but the truth of the matter is without contacts from other deer farms willing to not price gouge the crap out of you it will not work. I only advice would be make sure your payments every month, tax, feed bills, injections, and the constant worry that a deer will commit suicide is covered by the amount of hunts that the past owner has averaged the past 3 years. As long as that math adds up then I say go for it. Deer farming is full of ups and downs.
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Old Nov 16th 2016, 03:56 PM   #8
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  Garrettsville, OH
Is this already a preserve or just a breeding operation?
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Old Nov 18th 2016, 03:03 PM   #9
 
  Nov 2016
  michigan
This is an existing deer farm. It has been a hobby farm for the current owner, he has a list of clients that will be given to me if I decide to purchase
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