Deer Fence Options

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Deer fence is the best way to stop deer damage in areas where fences are allowed. Deer fencing can be a conventional fence or an electric fence, and an electric deer fence can be baited to help train deer to keep away.


A permanent woven-wire fence 7 feet tall that is staked down at the bottom provides the ultimate deer barrier, but this type of Deer fence is very expensive to build.

A high-tensile deer fence is effective provided it is tall enough. The bottom wire should be very near the ground with the upper wires spaced at 8-9 inch intervals. Bare wire or polytape can be used. This deer fence is also very expensive.

Using deer netting is labor intensive since it must moved throughout the season to keep the plants from growing through and deer can become entangled.

A slanted deer fence makes deer hesitant to jump over but it takes a lot of room.

TREE TUBES – Deer Fencing

Tree wraps or tubes around trees will reduce deer browsing and damage from antler rubbing. Commercial plastic wraps such as Tubex Tree Tubes are available. Hardware cloth or perforated plastic drain pipe can be used also but these materials are difficult to cut and handle. Chicken wire or plastic mesh available for deer protection can be wrapped around small trees.


A more economical method of excluding deer may be with an electric deer fence.

Electric deer fences should be constructed of polytape to be more visible to the deer. An electric deer fence still has to be very tall or the deer will easily jump over and the bottom wire must be very near the ground or the deer may crawl underneath.

Electric fence chargers can be very powerful, so the shock is an extremely adverse stimulus for the deer. If they touch the fence they quickly learn to avoid the fenced area.


An effective way to get the deer to touch the electric deer fence wires with their nose or tongue before they jump over or crawl under is to bait the deer fence with an attractant.


Peanut butter is a commonly used attractant for a baited electric deer fence.

Placing aluminum foil tents over the deer fence wire with peanut butter underneath is one way to bait the fence. Put these tents every several feet.

Also, using a slurry made from peanut butter and vegetable oil, the entire deer fence wire can be coated using a paint roller.

A peanut butter fence for deer can be a simple as a single electrified wire about 2 � feet high or it can be several strands.

The problem with using peanut butter is that it separates, molds, dries out and otherwise deteriorates and so it has to be replaced often. Another problem with using peanut butter to bait your fence is that it attracts many kinds of animals; dogs, cats, raccoons, possums, squirrels, birds, and insects, etc., each with its associated problems.


A bait for an electric deer fence that is attractive only to deer is the scented resin tubes that are supplied with the Wireless Deer Fence® deer repellent. These polyethylene tubes contain an artificial food scent and they can be attached to the electric fence wire using a piece of small gauge tinned copper wire available at Radio Shack These resin tubes are weatherproof and will not deteriorate. The scent pieces need to be replaced only every month or so.

When a deer is shocked it associates the artificial scent used on the baited electric deer fence with the pain of the shock and they will not come back when they smell the scent of the deer fence.


Of course, our recommendation for a deer fence is the Wireless Deer Fence® deer control system. Instead of buying and stringing hundreds of feet of wide fencing, you work only with small stakes. Just walk around the area to be protected and insert the sharp end of each stake into the ground. Then, during seasons when deer might damage your plants, you change the small scented lures about once a month, and annually you replace the two AA batteries in each unit.

Once you try the Wireless Deer Fence® deer control system, we guarantee that you will find that for most applications it’s the best deer fence.