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From the very beginning, the management goal was to create a genetically superior herd like no other. Great efforts were put forth to introduce world class genetics from all over North America. Today, the herd consists of strains from Manitoba, Alberta, Iowa, Indiana, Ohio and selected Michigan

There is no other ranch in the northern latitudes with as diverse of an ecosystem as the Drettmann Ranch. The rolling hardwoods offer a prime food source and staging area for whitetail. The numerous creeks and streams supply the ranch with much needed water and the thick lowlands and cedar swamp serve as a safe haven for the deer.

Even though this exceptional ecosystem is prime habitat,


By monitoring antler development and dropped shed count, we can warrant that our bucks are continuing to carry the genetics and massive horns from the original herd.

To further enhance the quality and genetics of our deer herd, we have established an intensive breeding program