Raising Trophy Deer Becomes Big Business - Cleveland 19 News Cleveland, OH

Raising Trophy Deer Becomes Big Business

Boston Heights, OH - There's an auction of a rather unusual nature this weekend in Northeast Ohio. Hundreds of deer farmers are in Boston Heights, about 25 miles south of Cleveland, to bid on farm-raised white-tailed deer.

But these aren't the average deer found in parks and woods. These deer are bred and raised specifically for their large racks of antlers. Farmers hope to sell the deer to other breeders or to game reservations, where they are killed for their antlers by private hunters who pay top dollar for impressive racks.

Auction organizer Jerry Campbell says the deer are selectively bred and that hunters rarely find such impressive sets of antlers in the wild, so the deer for sale could fetch thousands of dollars.

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