Electric Fence For Deer Management


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Non-domesticated animals, like deer and elk, can be a challenge to
contain. Remember they are wild animals and not conditioned to
human contact.


Deer and elk tend to range over wide areas to forage. Their travel is
motivated by these food sources. Deer and elk can jump higher than
most other animals. They spook easily and may exhibit excitable
behaviors, which when nervous or scared, may lead to them running
without noticing fence lines.


Unfamiliar unexpected sounds, such as dogs barking or traffic, can
stress deer and elk. In addition, these animals are prone to predator attacks.


For these reasons, deer and elk need fencing which provides both a
physical and psychological barrier.

Your garden looks beautiful. The beans, lettuce, carrots, tomatoes,
and flowers are all growing well, and you’re enjoying the results of your
diligent care. Then one morning you discover some tomatoes are missing
and several bean plants have been nipped. The culprit has left tell-tale
ragged edges on the plants, and most of the missing shoots are more
than 2 feet above ground. Tracks in the soft garden soil make it clear
hat white-tailed deer were responsible.

In many cases, deer damage to home gardens during the summer can
be prevented with a simple electric fence. An electric fence is not a
complete physical barrier; instead, it produces an electric shock that
conditions animals to avoid the fence. To a deer, an electric fence is an
unfamiliar object. A deer investigating the fence for the first time may
touch it with its nose. If the deer receives a sufficient shock on this first
encounter, it usually stays clear of the fence afterward.

Improving the effectiveness of an electric fence

With an electric fence, current is supplied by a high-voltage charger,
which provides regularly timed pulses—55 to 65 per minute—followed
by approximately one second with no current flow. These short-duration,
high-energy pulses provide sufficient voltage (greater than 4,000 volts)
to keep deer away from the fence.


There are two ways to improve the effectiveness of an electrified fence.
Combining the fence with attractants or lures encourages deer to touch
the fence with their noses or mouths, enhancing the aversive conditioning.
One tactic is to attach aluminum flags to an electrified wire, and to coat
the flags with peanut butter. Another approach is to use electrified ribbon,
known as polytape, and to treat the entire length with a peanut butter and
oil mixture. Deer are more likely to see the high-visibility polytape tape at
night, reducing the chance that they will walk into a wire and break it.


Deer can do major damage to crops or newly planted plants, stripping
them down to the ground. The best way to put a definitive end to this is
erect an electric fence. A slant fence has been used for many years to
protect orchards and nursery crops. A 15-wire electric fence has also
proven effective with deer control. ​

Permanent Deer 8-Wire Cross Fence Specs:​
# of Wires: 8
Fence Height: 55"
Line Post: Fiberglass Post
Spacing: 40'
Wire Type: Hi-Tensile
Polarity: All Hot or Hot/Ground
Polarity: Medium Tension, Tight Wire, No Visible Sag (150 lbs)
Applications: ​Wildlife exclusion fence for all North American Deer Species​
Permanent 15-Wire Deer Fence Specs:​
# of Wires: 15
Fence Height: 96"
Line Post: Fiberglass  Post
Spacing: 15'
Wire Type: Hi-Tensile
Polarity: Hot/Ground
Polarity: High Tension, Stretched Wire, No Visible Sag (300 lbs)
Applications: Wildlife exclusion for all North American Deer Species


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