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Old 04-29-2021, 12:24 AM   #1
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Finally got my property next to my home high fenced. Question is do you need a permit to purchase deer from a breeder to stock it? Iíve got about 30 acres high fenced with a smaller 3 acre pen enclosed within, probably 15 acres of thick wooded area. Not wanting to breed and sell the deer, just a hobby I guess. Few pics of fence
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Old 04-29-2021, 01:22 AM   #2
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I believe you need a permit if you are going to be keeping any whitetail within a high fence especially if purchasing them. I could be wrong so dont quote me on this.
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Old 04-29-2021, 05:34 AM   #3
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Yes. Call your local tpw biologist.
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Old 04-29-2021, 08:48 AM   #4
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Its easy. Register as a release site through the tpwd TWIMS system. About 10 minutes to complete.
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Old 04-29-2021, 09:43 AM   #5
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What they said. You don't need to register anything to keep deer in a high fence. You do need to register as a release site if purchasing deer. You will NOT need to register as a breeder by doing what you are doing.....Something to think about though. What are you going to do when they start having babies? Legally you won't be able to sell them if you are not a scientific breeder. Population grows VERY quick! Hunt them? Keep us posted, seems like a fun project and good looking fence!
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Old 04-29-2021, 09:47 AM   #6
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Thirty acres gonna fill up quickly if you have mixed sexes. You might as well go full on deer breeder, because you’re gonna have to do something with the offspring. Good luck !
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Old 04-29-2021, 10:21 AM   #7
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When you get to many, I can give you the address to my place where you can release some. We need to add some diversity to the gene pool. Seriously though. If I had the $$ I'd love to just release deer around my place. Black Land Praire Farmland deer. Populations are isolated and spread far and few between. We're seeing them spread to new areas each year though.
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Old 04-29-2021, 10:24 AM   #8
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Youll be fine if you are willing to shoot them to maintain population and feed free choice all year.
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Old 04-29-2021, 10:32 AM   #9
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Exotics might be a better choice. Wt your going to have legal responsibilities to contend with and population can be an issue on large properties much less small ones. Exotics your free to handles as you see fit when you see fit. Wt, not so much.
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Old 04-29-2021, 10:59 AM   #10
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May I ask about how much it cost per foot to build high fence around 30 acres? Or the total? If you don't want to answer I understand or you can PM if you would rather not post on here. I am just curious because I have thought about raising some axis myself.
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Old 04-29-2021, 11:33 AM   #11
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May I ask about how much it cost per foot to build high fence around 30 acres? Or the total? If you don't want to answer I understand or you can PM if you would rather not post on here. I am just curious because I have thought about raising some axis myself.
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Old 04-29-2021, 11:33 AM   #12
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Thanks for all the responses! I contacted the biologist and left him a message to get back with me to get a little info. I read the website but was confused on what I needed to do, but like said above I think I just need the release site permit. As for the population getting out of hand I would probably just let my sons friends harvest some with their bows. Also thinking about raising some red deer to eat, wondering if they would be a danger to each other? As for feeding them I would have protein and cottonseed feeders for them.
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Old 04-29-2021, 11:36 AM   #13
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May I ask about how much it cost per foot to build high fence around 30 acres? Or the total? If you don't want to answer I understand or you can PM if you would rather not post on here. I am just curious because I have thought about raising some axis myself.
Around 30,000.00 but I have quite a few gates and a smaller enclosure inside the high fence.

Also I did all the brush clearing myself with a trackhoe and D6 dozer

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Old 04-29-2021, 12:18 PM   #14
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As stated release permit to hold. They will have to be turned out by a certain date also. Breeder will need your permit # to release the deer to you.
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Old 04-29-2021, 01:39 PM   #15
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on 30 acres I think it would be neat to just buy 3 bucks and turn loose. Buy one thats mid aged and a pretty frame that you like to look at and watch. Then the other 2 buy younger bucks and watch them progress into big bucks. I'm slowly doing the same thing with a place, its a long term project and is fun for me to slowly do and enjoy each step.
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Old 04-29-2021, 01:41 PM   #16
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Youll be fine if you are willing to shoot them to maintain population and feed free choice all year.
what he said. but you have to promise not to post grip and grins pretending you hunted them.
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Old 04-29-2021, 09:48 PM   #17
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contact Lin Poor over at Texas Wildlife Management he will answer all your questions and help you with anything you may need. He is our old biologist and good family friend, he’s a deer breeder himself and works with some of the best deer breeders in the state, lots of knowledge. Tell him Kyl Waterwall went you. Good luck with everything, looks like a great hobby.

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Old 04-30-2021, 08:25 AM   #18
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Looks fun.
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Old 05-04-2021, 05:37 PM   #19
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When you get to many, I can give you the address to my place where you can release some. We need to add some diversity to the gene pool. Seriously though. If I had the $$ I'd love to just release deer around my place. Black Land Praire Farmland deer. Populations are isolated and spread far and few between. We're seeing them spread to new areas each year though.
Yep, wouldn't hurt my feelings where my place is to drop about 100 head and make doe off limits foe 4-5 yrs.
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Old 05-04-2021, 09:16 PM   #20
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Thanks for all the responses! I contacted the biologist and left him a message to get back with me to get a little info. I read the website but was confused on what I needed to do, but like said above I think I just need the release site permit. As for the population getting out of hand I would probably just let my sons friends harvest some with their bows. Also thinking about raising some red deer to eat, wondering if they would be a danger to each other? As for feeding them I would have protein and cottonseed feeders for them.

I would avoid red deer. They can clear you out on the protein and cottonseed. And can be kinda distructive. If you have some decent grass and I would go with oryx. Great eating and can get real gentle on a smaller place like yours.
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