Conservation ranchers come from all walks of life.
Some were born into the business. Many ranches have been in families for generations. They’ve maintained the land for many, many years and call it home. Some keep conservation ranches in order to support the use of their land for farming and other agricultural activities. The fruits of this labor helps put food on their family’s table, and, often on the table of your family as well.
Others recognized the need to revitalize the land or a species and spent thousands of their own dollars to start a conservation ranch. Others recognized the opportunity to give sportsmen a safe place to practice their sport. This entrepreneurship has helped create jobs and gives outdoorsmen the opportunity to experience the natural beauty of the American landscape. Conservation hunting ranches support over 43,000 jobs in the economy.
Many ranchers are also directly involved in these related industries. For example:
- Breeding is an essential part of conservation hunting ranches, because it helps sustain the herds.
- Elk farmers may harvest velvet from elk antlers, which is used by some as a natural remedy to improve health. (This springtime harvest does not harm the elk at all.)
- Raising deer, elk, and other animals also supports feed farmers.