After Mike Toney shot and killed a massive Illinois preserve buck in November, he put its testicles on ice and motored them to the LSU AgCenter’s research station in Clinton, Louisiana, where its semen was extracted using a new technique and frozen in liquid nitrogen. Since then, 16 does were inseminated with the semen and six became pregnant.
Dearl Sanders is resident coordinator at the LSU AgCenter’s research station in Clinton, about 30 miles from Baton Rouge. He says there are more uses for the technique than breeding what he calls “deer with big horns” as hunter targets.
“It gives a whole new method of moving deer genetics from the wild into other herds of deer,” he said. “Say you found a herd of deer in a state where you can’t move the deer — there are a number of those — that had an inherent resistance to a disease. This could be a way to move that genetic material to any area of the country.”