[Market-farming] Deer Control (was: NITEGuard pest Control lights)

Vern and Amy vaspencer at sisna.com
Sun Jul 15 09:26:24 EDT 2012

Here is my north Idaho cheap fence: (probably not as cheap as a 
three-wire fence, but I haven't researched it out)

10-12 foot tall poles of the best wood I could find while cutting 
firewood placed in 2' deep holes every 50 feet with 2 five-foot T-posts 
spaced between the tall wooden ones.  The cheapest 3-5 foot tall mesh 
fencing I could scrounge up (this can double as one side of an enclosure 
to rotate the chickens on pasture outside the garden).
Baling twine run every 8-12 inches and attached only to the tall posts 
up to about 7-8 feet.  I can run another strand or two if I want, but 
haven't needed to.

When I saw that the deer had been putting their head over the mesh wire 
and jumping through under the first row of twine, I put an electric wire 
between the two and they stopped (we got to watch five of them try it 
out the first night it went hot!)

We don't have any small animal problems.  The grass can get pretty high 
before there is a problem with shorting out an electric wire.

It isn't as sporting to hunt deer near the garden, but it isn't very 
sporting of them to nibble the hearts out of $1000 of lettuce in one 
night!  Try to get especially the mamas that will be teaching babies 
next year about the garden.  We have seen this with other animals (a 
friend's cow teaching the whole herd how to cross the cattle guard, etc.)

I think also making sure there is something for the deer to eat outside 
the garden is helpful in keeping them from being tempted to test your fence.

I don't have to bait my fence or try to scare the deer away.  But then 
again, there isn't a lot of pressure, as there is lots to eat in the 
woods and most everybody around here hunts.

Vern's Veggies and More!
Cocolalla, Idaho
Where summer has finally arrived after July 4!

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