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No end to animal abuse: deer breeder happy to see deer killed by bow and arrow
« Reply #1 on: September 18, 2013, 11:57:01 AM »
Breeder opens safaris because deer farming too dear 

QLD Country Hour  By Eliza Rogers

  John Ollenburg with deer antler height=467 Photo: Deer breeder John Ollenburg inspects one of the first fallow antlers to drop this season. (Eliza Rogers)    Deer bred at Mt Marcella, Queensland height=227 Photo: These bachelor stags will soon be moved to a section of the property reserved for hunting safaris.  (Eliza Rogers)

Seventy-two-year-old John Ollenburg has been an avid hunter since he was a boy, but he is clearly besotted with his herd of deer.

"When we got the (deer) fallow, I got them mainly for looking at them first, and then we decided when we got more of them that you had to do something with them."

He runs 200 deer on the property he's lived on at Mt Marcella, near Goomeri in inland southern Queensland, for 40 years.

When deer farming came in in the '70s, Mr Ollenburg saw it as an unviable waste of money in feed.

But when the market fell out of velvet and venison, he knew he needed to find some kind of market for his animals.

That's where the idea of hunting safaris came in.

"When I had this good breed here, I thought well I'll put a few out the back and we'll shoot them... and get guys up from down south, either bow hunters or rifle fellas."

He takes a handful of people each year on a three-day safari, and later prepares their kill to be taxidermied.

At the moment, the deer are eating through five tonnes of grain every nine days, and Mr Ollenburg is considering putting a large paddock used to run cattle under grain for the first time in more than 20 years.