North Carolina Deer & Elk Farmers Association
An association ensuring the future of whitetail deer, elk, and other cervidae farming within our state


The Deer & Elk Industry Supports North Carolina Jobs and Families!

North Carolina is a strong agriculture state that works to provide a business climate that creates jobs. Scattered across the state are deer and elk farmers that improve the North Carolina economy in several ways.

Did You Know?
  • The North Carolina deer and elk industry contributes to the nation's $4 billion dollar cervid industry.
  • NC deer and elk farmers contribute to the states economy by purchasing NC grains and farm supplies.
  • Domestic deer and elk farming could provide the sole income for many North Carolina families.
  • Most deer and elk farms are family operations. Some of these farms are second and third generation owners.
  • Domestic deer and elk can be raised on marginal land that could not otherwise be useful for cattle or farmland.
  • Elk meat and venison is fast growing red meat alternative. It is high in protein, low cholesterol, low fat, and sold in many venues.
  • Elk burgers and steaks could commonly be sold in local farmers markets and restaurants.
  • Velvet antler is harvested from farmed elk bulls and bucks that are used to make medicines to help relieve arthritis and other muscle ailments.
  • Farmed elk and deer could produce many commodities that are exported bringing out of state dollars to North Carolina.
  • Farmed deer and elk are routinely vaccinated, wormed, tested,and well fed every day making them the healthiest cervids in the state.
  • North Carolina has been a home to domestic elk and deer farms dating back to 1908 according to, USDA Deer Farming in the United States.
  • There are many different breeds of deer raised by ranchers in North Carolina.
  • The biggest threat to North Carolina deer and elk farmers and their businesses is over-regulation and inaccurate information.
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