Deer Fence FAQ

 Frequently Asked Questions by customers.

Over the years we have compiled a list of questions we have been asked, if you do not see the answer to your question please email or call us and we will provide the answer and add it to the list.

 

  1. How strong is the fence material? Answer depending on the type selected it is exceedingly strong with a breaking strength of up 700 lbs per strand.
  2. Why is your fence black.? Answer. The deer come up to the fence and when they are approximately 6 inches away they can actually see the fence. Deer have poor eye sight for black coloured objects. 
  3. Will this mean the deer will run into the fence? Answer. Not normally. Deer are normally grazing and when they encounter the fence they will push it to try and get through. They will look up to see if they can see the top of the fence. At the 6 foot level the fence starts to disappear and at the 7 got level they cannot see the top. The deer are then afraid of the fence and will not attempt to jump.
  4. Will the deer not break down the fence. Answer. No. We now use another trait of deer. With every roll of fence material we sell we include a pack of white ribbons which are tied on at deer eye level around the perimeter of the fence. When the deer  pushes the fence the white ribbons move and the deer goes off to investigate.
  5. Why does the deer follow the white ribbon. Answer. Deer since birth follow there mothers white tail, so all male or female deer have been trained to follow white tails.
  6. So how does this help the fence? Answer deer follow the white ribbons around the perimeter of the fence trying to push into the enclosure. What the white ribbons are doing is training the deer to walk around the perimeter of the fence and being creatures of habit once they have created a new deer trail they continue to use it and avoid going into your garden.
  7. What if the deer are frightened and are chased ? Answer. If the deer do run into the fence they are usually stunned for a few seconds and bounce off the fence.
  8. What if the deer get in through an open gate? Answer. The deer will go round the fence in the inside trying to get out. When they get to the opposite corner from where they entered they panic. When they panic they will stand on their hind legs and beat the fence as hard as they can until they can break through. Please keep gates closed at all times to prevent this happening. If it does happen the fence can be a easily repaired.
  9. Is the material UV stable ? Answer yes 
  10. How well does the material stand up to Canadian weather? Answer properly installed the fence can withstand very low temperatures, ice storms, heavy snow load and hot baking summers.
  11. How heavy is the material? Answer. Unlike metal fence material our fence is very light and can be easily carried through rough terrain. A 330 x 7.5 foot roll of standard fence weighs 50 lbs. A 200 7.5 foot roll of heavy duty fence weighs 40 lbs. Compare this to steel game fence 330 x 7.5 feet which weighs over 400 lbs.
  12. What is the cheapest fence post? Answer. Trees.
  13. How do I attached the fence to trees? Answer. Large barbed staples can be used but these will be eventually absorbed into the bark of the tree.
  14. How do I stop the staple being absorbed into the bark. Answer. Leaving the staple protruding about 1/2" for tree growth or use our EZ Mount clips which are screwed into the tree with deck screws and the EZ Clip has a flat back that is pushed out as the tree grows.
  15. I have no trees can I use wooden posts? Answer. Yes wooden posts are perfectly satisfactory.
  16. Any disadvantage to using wooden posts. Answer. Yes inevitably for the home owner a hole needs to be dug or augered out. For a 7 foot above ground wooden post the hole needs to be 3 foot deep or more to prevent frost heave. The post then needs to be concreted into the ground or the hole back filled with compacted gravel. Finally wooden posts have a limited life and tend to rot at the bottom.
  17. What is the alternative to wooden posts? Answer. We supply steel post and sleeve system. Where the sleeve is driven into the ground then the long post is dropped into the sleeve.
  18. Why is this better than wooden posts? Answer. A driven post is always stronger than a post in an excavated hole as the soil is not disturbed. The post is not subject to frost heave as it is in a sleeve and can move up and down. Our post are galvanized and painted so have a very long life expectancy.
  19. How do I attach the fence to the fence posts? Answer. The preferred method to withstand Canadian winters is to use our PVC coated wire fence ties. Alternatively zip ties can be used but they will break after a year or so with exposure to our extremes of climate.
  20. How do I tighten the PVC coated ties. Answer. The first pack of one hundred ties comes with the free tying tool.
  21. How is the fence material tensioned. Answer. Unlike steel fencing tensioning is done by hand. It is easiest if one person pulls the fence to stretch it while the other fixes it to the tree or post.
  22. What if the fence is going up or down a hill? Answer. At a suitable tree or post fold the material just like a piece of cloth to affect the directional change. Attach the excess material with some extra ties.
  23. What is the purpose of the reinforcing cable? Answer. Our nylon cable has a number  of uses. It helps keep the fence vertical between  supports in heavy snow load conditions. It takes the strain of tree limbs or trees falling on the fence. It enables greater distances between supports either to increase the post spacing and use less posts or to save on putting in a post between trees.
  24. Why is the reinforcing cable black. Answer. If the cable were silver or white it would create a contrast and be a marker for the top of the fence. The deer would be able to focus in on the top of the fence and then be able to jump over it.
  25. How is the cable tensioned? Answer. Gripples are the simplest and best way to tension our nylon cable.
  26. What is a Gripples? Answer. A Gripple is a directional device that has a sprung ceramic cog inside that grips the cable in one direction and let's the cable slide through in the other direction.
  27. How much tension can the Gripples exert on the cable? Answer. Approx 800 lbs.
  28. How do I attach the cable to to the trees or posts. Answer. On trees the simplest way is to use our EZ Mount clips and just clip the cable into the slot already made for it. If using staples then drive in an extra staple, leaving enough space for tree growth.
  29. Do I need cable along the bottom of the fence? Answer. Cable along the bottom can only be installed satisfactorily on level ground. If the fence is crossing a lawn then a bottom cable can be used to raise the fence a few inches above the lawn for cutting.
  30. How is the cable fixed to the fence? Answer. The cable can be threaded through the mesh but this is extremely time consuming and difficult at 7 foot above ground.we recommend attaching the cable to the mesh one square down from the top and using hog rings and hog ring pliers.
  31. What are hog rings? Answer. A like a heavy duty paper staple that is formed into a ring with the pliers.
  32. How many do I need? Answer. One ring every 6 inches. Like staples these are small and easily lost outside so you do need spares. 
  33. Do I need to fix the fence to the ground. Answer. Yes. Deer will try to go under the fence.
  34. How do I fix the fence to the ground? Answer. The fence material is 7' 6" and the bottom few inches is laid flat on the ground pointing out towards the deer. We recommend using our ground stakes every 5-6 feet between uprights.
  35. We have very sandy soil,will the ground stakes hold? Answer. We can supply extra long ground stakes to hold down the fence in this situation.
  36. Will the ground stakes pop out of the ground with the frost? Answer. We have a zig zag shape on the ground stake to give maximum grip in all soils.
  37. Do I need to use ground stakes? Answer. No. You can use rocks or logs as long as the fence is securely fixed and cannot be lifted.
  38. What maintenance does the fence require? Answer. As will all fencing it is wise to walk around the perimeter of the fence at least once a year to check for any damage.
  39. When did this I found some parts of the fence at the bottom missing, what causes this? Answer. Usually caused by some large ground animal or rodent such as muskrats, beavers,porcupines, ground hogs etc. they just sit and chew sections of the fence blocking their path.
  40. How can I stop this happening? Answer. You cannot but you can add our chew guard to the bottom of the fence if you wish to keep these animals out of the garden.
  41. Can the chew guard be added to an existing fence? Answer. Yes quite easily. It comes in 2 foot and 3 foot heights and can be attached with hog rings to the deer fence.
  42. Can I just repair the fence with another piece of fence material? Answer. Yes just use our hog rings to patch to fix a patch to the hole in the fence. 

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