Ocampo Deer Farm

Have you visited the deer farm in Camsur?

A stag roaming the farm grounds

A stag with still developing antlers roaming the farm grounds

Petting one of the deer in the farm

Petting one of the deers at the farm

We motored up the lower slopes of Mt. Isarog in Ocampo, passing by hectares of fields. After four kilometers from the main road and taking a detour instead of heading directly to the Concosep area, we arrived at the Ocampo Deer Breeding Farm.

The deer farm, owned by the local government, was established in 1996 within a five hectare lot with 60 heads of an Australian species. Today, with more than 300, the deer is mainly bred for the venison market (deer meat), skin and hide for leather goods and antlers for decorative as well as medicinal purposes.

It was the closest I had with encountering deer, albeit not in their native habitat. I’ve seen native species before but in cages in Davao and some other zoos. Here, you can observe them as well as feed or pet as some are friendly and do come close to people.

The area itself is beautiful and being at an elevated portion, cool and breezy. It’s just near the forests of Mt. Isarog too.

The farm is situated at the foothills of Mt. Isarog

The farm is situated at the foothills of Mt. Isarog

Does, stags and fawn at the farm

Does, stags and fawn at the farm

Farm grounds with fences

Farm grounds with fences

Stag with fully developed antlers

Stag with fully developed antlers

Stag with immature antlers still covered with velvety skin

Stag with immature antlers still covered with velvety skin

GETTING THERE The Ocampo Deer Farm is located in Brgy. Sta. Cruz, Ocampo, Camarines Sur. Take a minibus bound for San Jose, Goa, Tigaon or Sagnay at the Naga City bus terminal and tell the driver or conductor to drop you off the intersection of Ocampo in Barangay Sta. Cruz, a few kilometers after the municipal town proper. From there, hire a motor or habalhabal to the deer farm. Tell the driver to wait.

Estan Cabigas is freelance photographer, blogger and writer based in Makati City, the Philippines. A true blue Cebuano, he makes stunning images and meaningful photo stories. His work has been published in local and international publications including National Geographic Magazine, Geo (Germany), Sunday Times Magazine (London) and other publications. He is also a peripatetic traveler and has traveled to all 81 Philippines provinces. I'm open for work, collaborations and inquiries, including hotel, restaurant and site features and reviews.

18 Comments

  1. Karl Ace
    August 30, 2014 @ 19:05

    I love this. Will definitely make this my stopover for my upcoming Albay and Sorsogon tours.

  2. estan
    September 2, 2014 @ 20:26

    It’s in CamSur Karl

  3. jundee
    November 26, 2014 @ 16:00

    Sir, do you still have a contact person and number in that Deer Farm? I am interested in buying for breeding too.

  4. estan
    December 1, 2014 @ 8:02

    Hi Jundee, the deer farm is owned by the LGU

  5. anod
    December 11, 2014 @ 15:50

    Sir, I am interested in buying at least a pair of deer, do you still have the contact number of the owner of the farm? I really appreciate it if you can give me the contact number.

    Thanks you,

    anod

  6. Ted
    February 27, 2016 @ 21:02

    How much did you pay when you asked the motorcycle driver to wait? Thanks! Great photos by the way.

  7. estan
    March 1, 2016 @ 19:08

    hello Ted, medyo matagal na kasi ito. Forgot na but we didn’t stay long.

  8. Jessa mariel pandes
    April 15, 2016 @ 2:56

    May entrance fee based dyan sa deer farm? How much?

  9. estan
    April 17, 2016 @ 12:28

    Wala po. Libre lang nung nagpunta kami.

  10. Let
    May 18, 2016 @ 22:02

    Hello . Are they selling deer meat until now?

  11. estan
    May 19, 2016 @ 21:24

    Let, I’m not really sure if they provide for the local market as what I know they export these.

  12. byaherang barat
    February 6, 2017 @ 16:43

    Hi,habal-habal lng ba makakapunta dun,or pwede ang private car.thNKS

  13. estan
    February 6, 2017 @ 18:30

    Pwede naman private car

  14. Carrie
    March 20, 2017 @ 20:33

    Malapit po ba to sa strawberry farm?

  15. estan
    March 22, 2017 @ 20:42

    I think within 5 kilometers or less ata

  16. Paul Factora
    June 12, 2017 @ 10:45

    Is there a phone number for this farm. I’d like to inquire about making a short video on the place. Thank you.

  17. Jannel
    October 8, 2017 @ 16:57

    Hi! What is the peak season? and Are they open on holidays?

  18. estan
    October 9, 2017 @ 18:14

    Jannel, I think you can visit them anytime.

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