White-tailed Deer

Overall satisfaction


Acquired: Breeder (non-professional, hobby breeder)

Gender: Female



Easy to provide habitat




Tolerance for heat


Tolerance for cold


Commercial value


Owning Deer


Pennsylvania, United States

Posted Jan 14, 2014

I'm not sure where to begin on this subject. On the one hand, raising a deer is certainly a unique experience, and the sort of thing that will have passers-by stopping to gawk, but it's an entirely different ballgame when it comes to upkeep. You'll spend as much time doing research as you will caring for the deer, and that doesn't leave much time for enjoying them.

I'm not going to give a full tutorial on how to care for deer, but I will highlight a few key factors to consider. First and foremost, check your zoning and agricultural laws. We had to have our home registered with the Department of Agriculture as a farm thanks to residential and zoning regulations, and that's a hassle you don't want.

Secondly, you're going to have people wandering up to see the deer. That's a potentially major liability issue if someone gets hurt in the process, and while our deer were very pleasant and comfortable with people, accidents can happen. Thankfully we never had any issues, but it's a possibility.

These factors and about a dozen more lead me to the conclusion that while it can be a fun and unique thing, owning deer, it requires a degree of dedication, effort, research, and legal consideration that in my opinion is just not the right answer. Unless you're already raising livestock, I can't recommend that anyone own deer.

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