Buying deer for breeding is big business and you are going to spend big money getting the right genetics, size, antler mass and width. A bad decision can be very costly. The Deer breeding industry is fairly new so here are a few thoughts before you start buying breeding deer. To check out the national organization NADeFA.
-Record keeping because it is such a new industry varies greatly. Ask for at least two generations of genetics and paperwork.
-Look at the Cleanliness of the Farm. Do you think someone has taken good care of animals and paperwork if the Farm is unkept?
-Check state, local and national testing requirements. How must they be moved and what kind of tests need to be run and when.
-Ask about nutritional supplements and growth hormones. You can add 20-30 inches of antler mass through careful nutrition and unnatural hormones. Have they been injecting the animals and will that have affect on reproduction and life span.
-Look at the bucks that are their breeder bucks. What is the characteristic of antler you want. Do you want drop times and other non typical traits or do you like the typical symmetrical antler. What is the mass on the antlers and what is the normal spread.
-Breeding bucks are normally sold well in advance and the it is customary to pay in advance.
-Ask what kind of support and guarantee you get. If the deer does not eat when you get it to your property you need to have someone you can call.
-Get contacts for several past customers and call them. No one should mind you wanting references.
-Does the seller deliver or are you going to need to set up transport.
-If purchasing unborn do you get to pick your animal. You don’t want the runt of the litter.
-Is the animal bottle fed? Many times that might be the best starter animal for a new breeder.
These are just a few things to look for in a deer breeder. There are many other questions and concerns when it come to payment, etc…but bottomline you need to get a feel for who you are doing business with.
Is there possibly a holistic approach to raising big deer through good choice of land and natural nutrition and supplements. Nature gives us the right ingredients and if fed in ample quantities at the right times preventing lulls in nutrition and by being picky about genetics deer have a real possibility of growing big, heavy antlers, big bodies and passing on improving genes. Land is key and the weather is key. Our belief is you can’t be too hot or too cold. If you have too much heat you give up body mass and if you are too cold nutrition is put towards keeping the body warm. Deer like cattle prefer lower highs and limited amount of the year that is well below freezing.
This limits the choice to more northern regions. We believe certain parts of Montana that are in banana belt areas where there is limited snow and extended below freezing temperatures are ideal places. One of the reasons we are looking for Montana land there. We could be wrong but we are interested in building a large body, large antler deer which means conditions of water, nutrition and the right temperature have to work together with natural supplements and minerals to give the deer the biggest chance to do just that.
So give us some time but feel free to reach out if you are looking for a quality deer breeder that wants to grow quality healthy deer in a natural way as possible.