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Old 02-07-2020, 11:13 AM   #1
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We have 53 acres with about 4000' of old fence not including road frontage and no cows. Neighbor does have cattle and wants to replace the fence with a 5 strand 52" top wire construction. We have plenty of deer I'm afraid it's a little too high for the doe and fawns to get through. what do think the dimensions should be for a deer friendly fence as far as bottom & top wire? Will a 52" jump deter some deer.
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Old 02-07-2020, 11:23 AM   #2
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I've seen yearlings jump a fence that tall. I've also seen fawns and does step through or crawl under them. Granted that should be a tight 5 strand at only 52". I think smaller fawns could still step through or maybe crawl under.

The fish are biting, and there's hogs to be kilt. Gotta go!

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Old 02-07-2020, 11:23 AM   #3
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You’re fine. They will go under, through and over.
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Old 02-07-2020, 11:25 AM   #4
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There is no such thing as friendly barb wire. As for spacing here is a good starting point and guide


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Old 02-07-2020, 11:29 AM   #5
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i'm thinking smooth bottom wire @ 18" from ground
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Old 02-07-2020, 11:38 AM   #6
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i'm thinking smooth bottom wire @ 18" from ground
I wouldn't do this. Cattle will figure that out and lift the fence up
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Old 02-07-2020, 11:44 AM   #7
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I wouldn't do this. Cattle will figure that out and lift the fence up
and in a hurry. A barbed wire fence is fine for wildlife.

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Old 02-07-2020, 11:52 AM   #8
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Our rancher has a 7 wire 66” fence on one of our boundary fences. Does, fawns n small bucks go right under easy/peasy.
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Old 02-07-2020, 12:14 PM   #9
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i'm thinking smooth bottom wire @ 18" from ground
That’d probably be easier on his fence in the long run if there are a bunch of deer. I have some 5 strand stretches at my house that the deer are hard on squeezing through all the time. I bet most will go under if you leave that bottom wire high.

If the guys cows aren’t starving, they’re not gonna fool with getting through a fence of any sort.
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Old 02-07-2020, 12:40 PM   #10
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Your deer will be fine. Not been in the country long?


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Old 02-07-2020, 12:54 PM   #11
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That’d probably be easier on his fence in the long run if there are a bunch of deer. I have some 5 strand stretches at my house that the deer are hard on squeezing through all the time. I bet most will go under if you leave that bottom wire high.

If the guys cows aren’t starving, they’re not gonna fool with getting through a fence of any sort.
I want some of those cows. Ours would have a field day and they aren't starving. And bull would have that fence messed up even quicker
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I want some of those cows. Ours would have a field day and they aren't starving. And bull would have that fence messed up even quicker
Yep my youngest works for a horse ranch. She feeds roughly 70 horses a day. They are tick fat but they have a slick wired fence across the front of the place. Wish I had a dollar for every time I get a call saying "Dad can you come help me catch this blasted horse......" They just walk through it when they want to.

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Old 02-07-2020, 01:39 PM   #13
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There is no such thing as friendly barb wire. As for spacing here is a good starting point and guide





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I gotta agree with the 1st part Brandon.

The fish are biting, and there's hogs to be kilt. Gotta go!
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Old 02-07-2020, 02:01 PM   #14
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If the bottom wire is 14-18” from the ground then I wouldn’t care. We have some 7-9 wire fences and deer still jump them and go under no problem. Maybe catch 1 every few years and that’s over 6 miles of perimeter fencing.
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Old 02-07-2020, 02:16 PM   #15
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Barb wire? They will go under it
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Old 02-07-2020, 03:20 PM   #16
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Old 02-07-2020, 05:28 PM   #17
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Old 02-07-2020, 09:02 PM   #19
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Go regular height and cheat it up in a few places on the t-posts. They'll find it
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Old 02-07-2020, 09:11 PM   #20
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They can get over it, but the problem is you will have some that will get their back legs hung up in the top two strands. I put some thought into this a while back, but not really enough thought into it. We are planning to put up a fence around our place in the near future. I know the biggest problem with barbed wire fences and deer, is when they jump over the fence, if they barely clear. Sometimes one of their rear legs, goes under the top strand. Since the lower part of their rear legs point forward, their leg goes under the top strand and over the second to the top strand and then as they continue forward. Their leg is angled downwards, then twists the top two strands together and acts like a trap.

If the top two strands were far enough apart, this would not happen, but that would have to be close to 2 ft. Most guys are not going to do that. The other idea I had was to tie some thin sheet metal between the top two strands, so their rear hooves can't go between those two strands. That would get expensive. Possibly some type of plastic, might be economical to tie between the top two strands.
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Old 02-07-2020, 09:28 PM   #21
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5 wire fence won't slow any game down. I had a neighbor once put slick wire on bottom and top wire so it won't injure deer.
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Old 02-07-2020, 09:29 PM   #22
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Along the road I put netting wire instead of 5 strands.
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