Deer Fence Information: Everything You Wanted to Know but Were...
These pages explain what you need to know to keep deer out of your garden, lawn, orchard, or other area.
Our basic tool, the electric fence, is a psychological rather than a physical barrier. It works because deer can be trained by electric shocks to stay away from a protected area. That depends partly on deer being creatures of habit and partly on the fence being ready to administer a compelling shock. Hence, if you are considering a deer fence, it's worth knowing a bit about both deer and the fences that keep them out. So by all means use the links below or the menu on the left to seek the kind of information that you want.
How an Electric Fence Works: A brief account that explains what these fences do to shock target animals and how they should be set up in order to do the job well.
Why These Fences Keep Out Deer: A short look at deer behavior, motives, psychology, and other factors that permit electric fences to repel deer.
Deer Fence Options: This page takes a look at various types of electric and barrier deer fences and the kinds of situations best dealt with by each type. It also delves into electric fence safety, other deer control measures, and whether other measures (including barrier fencing) can be combined effectively with an electric fence.
Applications: This account explains briefly how summer gardens and landscape plantings as well as orchards, vineyards, and crop plantings can be protected to one degree or another with electric fences.
Fence Parts (Chargers): For those not very familiar with electric fence chargers, this page describes their basic operation and the kinds best suited to deer fences.
Fence Parts (Posts): Here's a short passage that sets out the various sorts of electric fence posts used and why the best line posts for deer fences are thin resin-treated fiberglass posts.
Fence Parts (Conductors): This page briefly describes why the best conductors for deer fences are metal wire or polywire (because of their low visibility) and why polywire is the best choice for seasonal or temporary fences.
Fence Parts (Ground Rods): This is about more than just ground rods. It explains how ground rods work, how dry or frozen soil can keep them from working, and how doubling up on the conductors on a fence can permit a fence to work despite non-conductive (parched or hard-frozen) ground.