Freak Show Bucks: A Hard Look at Breeding For Antlers
Make no mistake—this isn't hunting
Breeding a Freak Buck
A Canned Hunt
So why, with all these negatives, is this practice tolerated? Well for starters, states consider raising deer to be an agricultural practice, which places deer farming outside the regulatory responsibility of state Fish and Game agencies. And the agricultural agencies view deer farming differently than wildlife agencies do. They monitor captive herds for diseases but they are not in the business of trying to shut down an industry which contributes hundreds of millions of dollars to state and local economies and provides tens of thousands of jobs nationally. Deer farms are the fastest growing segment of the animal agriculture industry and the vast majority of deer farms were founded in the last 30 years. There are tens of thousands of deer farmers and their numbers are rapidly growing.