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Old 12-27-2012, 05:05 PM
 
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I didn't know that one. Cattle aren't, so I thought sheep weren't either.
I was in the feed store the other day and an elderly couple was buying corn to feed deer (this is Texas). I asked the feed store clerk after they left why people feed the deer, it is wildlife and I thought there were laws against feeding wildlife. He told me that people get tax exemptions for feeding deer on their properties. I find that to be *crazy* and am not sure if he was pulling my leg or not

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Old 01-07-2013, 09:51 AM
 
Location: Outer Space
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There are no jobs here where I live and farming is mostly a hobby. Most people I know are pensioners, people who work at home, or people who do not mind a grinding commute.

My husband had a WAH job and then was laid off. He just got another job, but it is not WAH, and he has to commute between 2-3 hours a day to work. I don't work because I don't have the ability to earn enough money to make the gas and daycare bill worth it. I've started back at school online to learn a good paying skill where there are a lot of WAH opportunities in.

I'd never thought I'd say I enjoy living in BFE (lived in huge MSAs my whole life), but here it is. When our lease is up, we plan on moving a bit closer to where he works, but not completely out of the rural area.
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Old 01-11-2013, 02:50 AM
 
Location: Valdez, Alaska
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I was in the feed store the other day and an elderly couple was buying corn to feed deer (this is Texas). I asked the feed store clerk after they left why people feed the deer, it is wildlife and I thought there were laws against feeding wildlife. He told me that people get tax exemptions for feeding deer on their properties. I find that to be *crazy* and am not sure if he was pulling my leg or not
It's part of the agricultural tax exemption program that's tailored toward wildlife habitat improvement instead of just agricultural use. The idea is that it encourages people to actually manage their land instead of letting it get grown over with mesquite or salt cedar and so on, and to keep it as rural land instead of being sold and subdivided by an owner who can't afford to keep it because of property taxes. A lot of the problem is that people are inheriting land that may have once been agricultural, but they're not interested in actually performing any agriculture themselves. So the state wanted to encourage those landowners (who may live a hundred miles away or more in a city) to manage their land and improve it for wildlife habitat. There are a lot of things you can do to qualify for the exemption, from invasive species control to building ponds, to feeding deer and turkeys.
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