BASIC FACTS ABOUT DEER AND FENCES: INTRODUCTION
If you're planning a deer fence or even just considering one, it helps to have background information. So here it is. It's not all the information available by any means, but it should help in assessing the nature of your deer situation and determining what kind of fence you'd like to build.
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- Why Deer Jump or Don't: You don't need a towering deer fence. Most situations call for no more than a 7-foot fence.
- What Deer See: Deer will have trouble seeing the top of your fence (which is good) if you don't define it with a board or pipe.
- Deer Motives: If deer are not highly motivated to get into the enclosed area, your fence can be relatively modest.
- Deer Pressure: Deer will be harder to fence out if there are lots of them, especially if they have a well-established path through the area to be enclosed.
- Fence Penetration: The deer may take time to get used to the fence -- they may run into it accidentally if they don't see it; or they may bash it repeatedly with their noses if it interdicts their accustomed path -- and this may require some maintenance in the early stages.
- Vulnerable Bottoms: How to protect the bottom of your fence.
- The Deer-Small Animal Combo: How small animals gnaw holes in a deer fence that the deer enlarge.
- Deer Intruders: What to do if a deer gets inside the fence.
- Deer Ticks and Lyme Disease: The effect of a deer exclusion fence on deer ticks.
- The Fence Setting: More on deer fence economies, deer pressure, and the usefulness of having tree cover along the fence line.