Considering that white-tailed deer can jump almost eight feet high, a fence for deer needs to be taller than it might be for many other animals. However, just because a deer can jump almost eight feet high, this doesn’t mean that it can’t be any taller or shorter.
The height of a deer fence should actually be between 6 to 10 feet tall, depending on the application, the amount of deer pressure in the area where the fence is installed. and the length of the deer fence too. Furthermore, deer are not able to jump both high and over a distance. So a fence that is short but slanted outwards at an angle can be just as effective as a taller fence.
How Tall a Deer Fence Should Be By Application
- 6 Feet Tall: If you need to put up fencing around small areas that deer are only able to walk around, 6 feet is fine. This is because deer are less likely to jump in closed spaces.
- 7.5 Feet Tall: If you want to erect deer fencing in your backyard or as a perimeter, a fence that is 7.5 feet high will get the job done
- 8 Feet Tall: If you are dealing with a large area that deer are commonly found in, such as areas with established deer paths or areas that deer are attracted to, including food sources, an 8 foot tall is recommended
- 10 Feet Tall: If you are planning on farming deer, the fence should be 10 feet tall. If deer escape or predators get in, this can result in a substantial monetary loss to the farmer. It’s, therefore, better to be on the safe side and erect a very tall fence.
Deer Fence Strength
A deer fence that is tall enough to stop deer from jumping over is as good as useless if it also isn’t strong enough to stop deer from breaking through and escaping. Again, the strength of the fence depends on its application.
- Smaller areas: For smaller areas, a minimum strength of 450 pounds of breaking strength per square foot or more is recommended
- Up to 350 linear feet: A minimum strength of 450 pounds per square foot or more is recommended
- 350+ linear feet: A minimum strength of 750 pounds per square foot or more is recommended
- 1,000+ linear feet: A minimum strength of 950 pounds per square foot or more is recommended
Can Deer Crawl Under a Fence
An often overlooked factor when it comes to deer fencing is the fact that deer can crawl under a fence. Therefore, the height of a deer fence should not be the only factor that is considered.
Deer are smart enough to be able to use their noses to pry up the bottom of a fence if it is unsecured. You therefore want to make sure that you securely pin a fence bottom to the ground using stakes made of thick wire steel or rebar steel. Stakes that are spaced every three to four feet deliver the best results.
What About Deer Netting?
You may have come across deer netting, which is a lightweight polypropylene deer fencing solution. In our opinion, if you just want an inexpensive solution to prevent deer browsing, it could be a viable option. For any other application, avoid at all costs.