INFORUM.com | WDAZ.com

WDAY: The News Leader

Published September 10, 2013, 06:57 PM

Longtime hunter and deer farm owner takes to Craigslist for unique sale

Vergas, MN (WDAY TV) - Here in Deer Hunting country, that elusive, white tail trophy buck is always the "one that got away," but a longtime Vergas hunter and "deer farm" owner has turned to social media to advertise the "Buck of all Bucks."

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY

Vergas, MN (WDAY TV) - Here in Deer Hunting country, that elusive, white tail trophy buck is always the "one that got away," but a longtime Vergas hunter and deer farm owner has turned to social media to advertise the "Buck of all Bucks."

It just goes to show you can get anything on Craigslist. For a hefty price, you can take aim at this trophy and have bragging rights for a rack few will ever see. But is it right?

Just days away from shedding velvet, Tarzan proudly prances around his turf. The name fits the strutting, strapping buck. Tarzan is one big deer, with a rack few of us will ever see in the wild.

Mike Summers - Summers Deer Farm: “Last year, he had 30 scorable points. He scored 241 inches at 3 years old. Now, he is 4 and we are not going to use him as a breeding buck, so we are getting rid of him this year.”

Mike Summers has turned to social media to advertise a shot at Tarzan. On Craigslist, a mere $9,400 will get you into Summers Game Farm; 25 acres near Vergas and the chance to be the hunter to bags and brings home the prize buck.

Summers: “A lot of people who have the time and want something on the wall, instead of a picture, they want a mount on there.”

The Summers family opens up its game farm to schools and it also has special hunts here for hunters with disabilities, but it’s the first time a retired breeder buck like Tarzan has gone big-time: Craigslist and a $9,400 price tag.

Joy Summers- Summers Game Farm: “For us, it is like any other farm; like having a cow or pig, except we could sit and look at our animals all day long. Our does and fawns are like pets.”

The Summers Game Farm has rules and regulations and falls under the authority of the Minnesota Board of Animal Health, which means the average Joe cannot just drive in and buy the buck and bring it home.

John Young of Hawley has been involved with deer hunting associations in Minnesota. He, like many long time hunters, wonder about the sportsmanship of the Craigslist offer.

John Young- Clay-Wilkin Deer Hunters Association: “I guess if it is legal, that is one thing; but for the true hunter, would not want to do something like that.”

Mike Summers: “It is not for everyone; not a huge facility, but it is enjoyable.”

Antler sheds from Tarzan have also been mounted on random deer heads for display; an impressive rack. Now, the question: Who wants the big buck bad enough to cough up $9,400 for a single shot and a conversation piece on a wall?

Game Farms that house deer come under the jurisdiction of the Department of Agriculture and not the DNR.

Tags: