FALL CREEK, Wis. (WEAU) -- An area deer farm wants to educate the community on what it's actually like to run the agricultural business.
Autumn Acres Whitetails in Fall Creek is hosting an open house on August 18th from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m.
Owner Dan Brown explained, “We have passion for the whitetails. It's no different from a dairy farmer or somebody raising hogs. It's a form of agriculture. It's a little bit different; a lot of people aren't used to it but it's something we feel like we're really lucky to be able to raise deer and we have an opportunity to share that with a lot of people who don't.”
Brown says there can be anywhere from 60 to 90 deer on the farm's 20-acre property depending on the season.
“In the spring of the year our numbers go up because we do have does that are producing fawns,” Brown said. “This time of year we're starting to ween those fawns off mom and some of them are being sold to other farms and moved around.”
Co-owner Jane Brown says from selling the bucks to hunting preserves, breeding the animals, and selling the does to petting zoos there are a wide variety of options for the farm.
Jane said, “The bucks tend to be the bread and butter of your farm. The hunting preserves bucks that go they're based on antler size. They're based on inches and look.”
The farm wants the community to come to the open house to ask questions about hot button topics like chronic wasting disease.
“If CWD is found on our farm ever that would shut us down,” said Brown. “The state would require the herd to be euthanized which is a shame. Are we concerned about it? Yeah. It's there every day, we have to think about that but it's a reality and those are the rules we have to play by at this point in time so we have to just keep going and doing our thing and hope that it doesn't happen.”
Autumn Acres hopes by inviting the community to explore the property it will help shine a positive light on the agricultural business.
Jane added, “Our animals are treated very humane, they're loved, they are cared for and it's not different from someone who cattle farms so I hope they see that.”
There is no parking on site but there will be a shuttle service from 10:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the Lincoln Town Hall, S5555 Green Meadow Road.
Overflow parking will be at the Fall Creek Fire Station located at 530 E. Lincoln Ave.
Lunch will be provided for free via registrations by contacting the WOW Office at 608-341-9520.