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 The whitetail deer is without a doubt the most sought after trophy animal in the world. The majesty and gentleness of this species has been spell binding.

Having been in the taxidermy and tannery business since 1983, we decided to explore the possibility of actually raising the big game animal that all taxidermist and hunters know so well, the whitetail deer. After much deliberation and planning, we fenced in 15 acres behind the taxidermy studio into what is now Antler Developments Co, LLC. Our intentions at first were to enjoy and study the deer as reference for our taxidermy business. What has transpired since has been amazing. We have learned more about these animals than we ever imagined. We are still learning every day.

I am sure we have made a lot of common mistakes along the way and have suffered losses because of what we didn’t know. However, as with every endeavor we have overcome our lack of knowledge and are finding great success and joy as we work to improve our whitetail herd.

In 2008, we added a very nice sorting barn, complete with a maze, drop chute and several holding pens. This addition has proven invaluable in handling the deer. Since the addition of this build we have had zero handling losses, and the testing and A.I. programs are so much easier!

 

Our passion here at Antler Developments farm is the big framed typical deer. We have had the pleasure of purchasing some awesome does and breeder bucks from many of the Michigan deer farmers reading this article. Thanks to each of you! Every year our yearling bucks are getting bigger and better. We continue to add multiple tines, tine length, and mass to the biggest frames we can produce. If we are so blessed, they stay typical as they grow.

This year we have 25 new fawns on the ground. (75% A.I. success)  The rest are offspring from our new breeder buck “Cashed Out”.  We are excited to see what this cross brings to our farm. We believe it to be a great addition to our breeding program. We are adding his pedigree to the likes of Avalanche, Maxbo, Rolex, Full House, Barry Bonds, Marty Graw, Outrageous, Rancher, AGN Brutus, etc ………….We are  expecting awesome results.            

Our goal is to produce a nice group of big typical shooter bucks every year, and also hope to produce the giant framed typical breeders everyone is looking for. Of course we have semen for sale as well. We have a very few select does available each year as we strive to keep our numbers to a manageable level, and our pens green and healthy for the deer we have.

We will always welcome a visit to our farm as we love to share our deer farming with other who love this business and this species so much. Thanks again for taking time to read this short and sweet article, got to go treat the deer!!  

 

Brad Eldred 

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