Thunderhill Ranch Facilities

Deer Breeding Facility

In 2003 Dr James Kroll was asked to assist in developing and building Thunderhill Ranch. The result is a beautiful and functional state of the art deer breeding facility. Dr Kroll has 20+ years of deer breeding experience that is reflected in the design and construction of the deer barn and quad pen system.

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Located in one of the valleys, the quad pen system runs uphill from each side of the deer barn. There is a slight downward slope of the valley, so the flow of any water proceeds downward from the pens and away from the entire operation. To improve water flow, a large French Drain system prevents water runoff from contaminating any other pen or the deer barn.

Pen Diagram

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The deer handling barn is definitely state of the art. This 2 story structure serves two functions. It allows the easy movement of deer from their pens into the barn for all working deer operations. Additionally it serves as a 360 degree observation platform for all operations. The handling rooms in the barn are equipped with red and white lights controlled from a common control center. A rotunda channels deer in many directions including the handling cradle and various rooms and hallways. A scientific laboratory lies adjacent to the cradle area. It is equipped with the latest technology for artificial breeding, semen collection, and disease diagnosis and treatment.?

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Visitors can sit in the comfortable second floor viewing area, with windows on all four sides, to observe the deer in their pens.

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Thunderhill Ranch Deer Transportdeertrailer