HOW TO INSTALL A McGREGOR DEER FENCE: DEALING WITH DEER PATHS
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Dealing with Deer Paths
Both polypropylene and metal deer fences can deal reasonably effectively with minor deer paths–especially if they are strengthened to resist bottom penetration, direct assaults, and jumping in the area where the fence encounters the deer path. This is not true, however, of major deer paths, where the path is clearly marked and commonly flattened to bare ground. A new deer fence that crosses such a path will encounter so much deer pressure from deer accustomed to passing through that the fence is likely to need ongoing heavy maintenance, and if the fence is plastic the deer are likely to break through.
In such a situation it often pays to give the deer their path. Design your deer fence with an entrance where it intersects the path, and then build sections of the fence along both sides of the path until you reach the point where the path exits the protected area. It may not be necessary to follow all of the old path. Behind the entrance, it may be possible to divert the path in ways convenient to you. But simply blocking a major deer path invites trouble–even if one installs metal hexagrid fencing topped by a jumping barrier, puts an electric deer fence (see www.electric-deer-fence.com) in front, and supplements all this with items like the Scarecrow (see www.mrmcgregor.com) to temporarily divert the deer from their established path. Such a system may well succeed in blocking the deer temporarily; but it will also tend to generate heavy deer pressure, create periodic problems, and involve high maintenance costs for a considerable period of time.