Deer Farmers Association

North American Deer Farmers AssociationThanks to the Farm Bill I just learned about the North American Deer Farmers Association. Farm Bill? Yep. They sent me a release about their take on the legislation which is happy, happy, happy. I’m thinking of joining. I may not actually farm deer but work a property lease where we harvest them!

The North American Deer Farmers Association was founded in 1983 and is dedicated to the promotion of deer farming and ranching as an agricultural pursuit and serves its members through its educational programs and publications and by providing leadership in setting and maintaining quality standards. NADeFA represents the deer farming industry at all levels of government, and works closely with livestock producers and other organizations to promote ethical standards of conduct and husbandry in deer farming and to actively market standards for deer and deer products. NADeFA representatives are also available to media for expert testimony and information about deer farming and animal health issues, such as Chronic Wasting Disease, EHD and other topics.

For more information about NADeFA programs and membership, call 330.454.3944 or visit

New Holland Rustler Makes Deer Pickup a Snap

New Holland Rustler Deer PickupI’ve been waiting to show you how easy a New Holland Rustler makes deer pickup. On my last two days of deer hunting I got a 4pt. buck. I was able to drag him to the firebreak around the property which is wide enough for 4-wheelers and utility vehicles. Then I walked back to where the Rustler was parked and with my nephew Joe and brother Paul we picked him up and got him hung up in a tree back at camp.

We had to cross a creek and put some boards over it thinking we might need them. But I didn’t stay on them and we still drove right across. This Rustler 4-seater has a long base which allows the front tires to get across a space like the creek and just keep pulling away since it’s also 4-wheel drive! I still did a lot of walking on this hunt but having a Rustler nearby is very handy.

If you’re interested in this beast of a machine you can find out more about them on the website or at your local New Holland dealer.

From the Archives

Luke First DeerHere’s one of my favorite photos from the archives. This is Luke’s first deer, first buck and it was a monster!

On Luke’s first hunt back in 2005 on opening day Paul walked him to the ground blind we had set up for him. He started walking to his stand and had not gone far when he heard the first shot. The one that took down this buck. He turned back toward the stand and saw the buck doing a wild dance as Luke proceeded to sling some more lead in his general direction. None of them hit. The first one was all that was needed.

When asked later, “Son, do you know what you’ve done?” Luke said something like, “I dunno.” Well what he had done was kill one of the biggest bucks and biggest racks in all our years of hunting up to that date!

Crystal Pig Hunt Club Rustler Hunt Photo Album

First Deer in Camp

First Deer in CampIt’s the first day of the Georgia Crystal Pig Hunt Club deer hunt! It has been a good morning so far. I got the first camp meat, this nice doe. I saw another one and couple turkeys come down off their roost.

I got off my stand and drove over to the deer and loaded it on the New Holland Rustler. Thank you New Holland. Great machine! After putting this one in the cooler I’m getting ready to head on out to the afternoon hunt.

Crystal Pig Hunt Club Rustler Hunt Photo Album

2013 Rustler Hunt Photos

Hunt Camp MorningIt’s a morning view like this that really makes hunting camp memorable. We’ve got a beautiful work day started here at the CPHC.

Speaking of photos . . . here’s where I’m collecting photos from this year’s hunt. They include a very wet first work day and first camp out and work days. Now I’m adding photos as we prepare to hunt some deer and I’ll be updating when time allows.

Crystal Pig Hunt Club Rustler Hunt Photo Album

2013 – The Rustler Hunt

The 2013 deer hunt is officially titled, The Rustler Hunt. Why? Because we have the support of New Holland and their fantastic utility vehicle – the Rustler. I work with New Holland as one of my sponsors on, a ZimmComm New Media ag news website. We got to talking about some creative ways to create more online brand recognition and one thing led to another.

Crystal Pig Hunt Club 2013

Throughout our deer hunt which commences this Saturday you’ll see the Crystal Pig Hunt Club (CPHC) in action with a Rustler camp 4-seater! It is sweet and I can’t wait to show it to you.