Have you visited the deer farm in Camsur?

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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.

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18 thoughts on “Have you visited the deer farm in Camsur?

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

  2. 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

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