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Raising deer is a very profitable business

Farmer discovers raising deer can be very profitable Peter Bingham (Randall, Minnesota) is working to develop a deer-raising industry in the state. He hopes his herd, nine does and one buck, will become the genesis of an industry that will increase farm profits. With profit margins increasingly tight in agriculture, farmers are always looking for … Continue reading

How to start a Deer Farm

Deer Farming 101 Deer farming is quickly becoming an industry that is worth turning your attention to. Where to start? This will enlighten you with information and resources about beginning a deer farm! Whitetail deer are a passion to most of us, and to some of us, raising them is also our job. This is an industry … Continue reading

General Information About Deer Farming

Starting a deer farm or ranch requires energy, innovation and much time spent in research. Once you have considered your options and decided what is right for you, visit established operations and talk to other deer owners who are raising the type of deer you are interested in. This first step will save you much … Continue reading

Deer Urine Farmer

“Nobody is talking about how this upcoming election is going to effect small businesses like ours,” says Judi Collora, 61, the co-founder and co-owner of Mrs. Doe Pee’s Buck Lures in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa. If Obama is reelected in November, she says, it could wreak havoc on the deer urine industry. Not directly, perhaps. But … Continue reading

Behind the Scenes at a Doe Urine Deer Lure Operation

Question: What’s the difference between your drunk neighbor peeing in your Dutch tulips at two in the morning and a whitetail doe doing the same thing? Answer: Your neighbor is a pig and should be whipped with a garden hose before he’s thrown in jail for committing a lewd act. The doe, on the other … Continue reading

Making Money from Reindeer Raisins

After one season of keeping the nursery pen clean of reindeer poop, I found myself with a surplus. Running out of places to put it, I started using it in our vegetable garden and on bare spots on the lawn. Our garden had never produced so much, and the bare spots on the lawn were … Continue reading

How to Get Grants

Much of my time these days seems to be spent helping various livestock and crop associations apply for government grants. This is an extension of my work in assisting them to develop their business plans. I thought it would be useful to share my experiences so that deer/elk associations and farmers too can take advantage … Continue reading

Why Your Association Must Have a Business Plan

Groups of individuals, including deer and elk farmers, often get together and form an association to promote their common interests. More gets accomplished through the pooling of resources, skills and energy than any one individual can ever hope to achieve. Deer and elk farming organizations are popular. We are in the process of compiling a … Continue reading

The Deer Urine Market

t’s enough to make dollar signs dance in the deer farmer’s eyes. Let’s see, a single deer pees about half a gallon or 64 ounces a day. Sold as deer-hunting scents at $4.00 to $13 per ounce (retail), that amounts to $256 to $832 a day or $93,440 to $303,680 per deer per year! Not … Continue reading

Some Thoughts on Investors

As a deer farmer, how often have you thought, “If only I had a little more money, I could buy a better breeding buck, A.I. my does, expand my facilities or do a lot more marketing?” Money is the fuel that drives business, and for most of us, there never seems to be enough money … Continue reading