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Things To Consider For Deer Fencing

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Whether you are trying to keep deer out or are trying to contain them for breeding or pother purposes, the right type of fencing is a must. Deer are well known for their ability to get over the top of fences, so special deer fencing is required. The following are some things to consider when you are shopping for deer fencing.


An adult deer can jump higher than the height of a human, so the standard 6 foot fencing options are not going to be enough to contain the deer. You will need a fence at least 8 feet and preferably 10 feet or taller to ensure the deer can't get over it. If a slope comes toward the fence, you may need to go even taller to prevent a deer from getting over. Although you can use standard fencing, it is often too short. You will need to add additional height panels to the existing fence to ensure it is tall enough.


Sometimes it isn't possible to install a sufficiently tall fence. In this case, width can be used to make up for what the fence lacks in height. You can start with a standard 6 foot tall fence. Then, install 3 foot extender poles on top of the existing fence posts. These pole should be installed at angle outward in the direction from which you anticipate approaching deer. Finish by extending wire mesh fencing or simple fencing wire between each extender posts. Although deer can jump high, they can't jump both high and wide, so the angled extension adds the necessary width to prevent jumpers.

Double fencing

Another option is to install two fences. The first fence should be at least 5 feet tall, with a secondary fence of equal or greater height. Place the fences within 3 feet of each other to create a wide area that would need to be jumped, but which doesn't have enough space between them for a deer to land then jump the second fence. Both fences do need to be visible to the deer so they can assess that the distance is too wide for them to traverse.


Tall fences work best if they are opaque, such as those made of wood or vinyl. Deer are more hesitant to jump into areas they can't view and assess first. Chain link fences can still work, but make sure the fencing and any angled extenders are marked with flagging so the deer can see the fence and its true height and width.

For more help, contact a game fencing company.