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Old Sep 2nd 2011, 08:52 AM   #1
 
  Sep 2011
  Bemidji, MN
Hi,



We am starting out with a small herd (5 bucks, 6 does, 2 fawns) of fallow deer.



We are planning out the fence right now, and will be starting with a 50x100 foot pen suitable for winter. Next summer when the frost is out, we will add on a lot more fencing.



Right now we are looking into different fencing, and cannot find wire locally that is 8 foot tall. Our only option is to use 2 stacked rows of 4 foot woven wire.



We would be using wooden posts at the corners and gates, with a sally port type gate so that no one escapes.



These deer are friendly and tame. They are in a 8 foot deer fence right now.



Has anyone else had to use 4 foot wire stacked like this? It is the heavy duty field fencing.



Also someone suggested to save money we could weld 2 T-posts together to make a long enough posts. No one around here sells a 10 foot T post. Has anyone done this? Any idea if this is going to be strong enough? Our concern is that we are in Northern MN and it gets VERY cold. Will welds hold up when its 40 below?
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Old Sep 2nd 2011, 11:02 AM   #2
 
  Apr 2009
  Alabaster, Alabama
Using 4 ft wire stacked should work fine, know lots of guys who do it that way. The most important thing with fallows is making sure the fence is tight to the ground as fallows love to hunt holes. They will go through a small hole well before trying to jump a fence.
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Old Sep 2nd 2011, 11:05 AM   #3
 
  Sep 2011
  Bemidji, MN
Thank you Jason!
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Old Sep 2nd 2011, 12:19 PM   #4
 
  Jul 2009
  Minnesota
Hello,

We are in central/north MN as well and started off with fallow deer. We also used two rolls of 4 ft woven wire hooked together and welded together T Posts.



Couple things:

Fallow fawns will go through the larger squares on the bottom roll of woven wire 3-4 feet up (does stick their head through and widen the holes) .We had to go back around it with 5 ft chainlink after trying some chicken wire (don't try chicken wire).

Welded T-posts work, but if you add shadecloth to any of them you will have trouble with them breaking off once the ground freezes. Also t-posts will bend over if the deer hit them much. Now a days we will only put up solidlock or tightlock and have at least every other post treated wood.
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Old Sep 2nd 2011, 12:41 PM   #5
 
  Sep 2011
  Bemidji, MN
Ok THANK YOU. Fars, we may be looking down the line at buying a few more animals. Do you have a website at all? In this herd there are 5 bucks, and 6 does. (and 2 fawns). The 6 yr old buck is common colored, the 5 yr old is white, and there are 3 3-yr olds we'll probably butcher once they fill out and muscle out. Right now they are mostly bones. Sad.



I won't use chicken wire. What about using 2x4 inch welded utility type fence as a bottom course, layered over the woven wire?
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Old Sep 2nd 2011, 05:02 PM   #6
 
  Jul 2009
  Minnesota
Fallow,



Nope, we don't have fallow deer anymore. Switched to red deer and whitetail. Welded wire might work pretty decent over woven wire as long as the fallow bucks don't have a good place to get an antler between the two (make sure it's wired tight).



Good luck!
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Old Sep 2nd 2011, 06:28 PM   #7
 
  Jul 2010
  Broken Bow Okla
I have welded a lot of t posts works great for me actually stronger than 10 ft posts that i buyas I push them in with my tractor and the 10s bend pretty easy were the welded don't. The guys I no that have fallow around here only use 5 ft wire so if u half to have 8 ft why not put 4 ft of high tensile wire the the other 4 something cheaper. Just a suggestion
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Old Sep 2nd 2011, 06:31 PM   #8
 
  Jun 2011
  Decatur, Texas
We use a 6 ft staytight and it has worked great the past few years. Our deer are possibly too fat to jump or they don't want to because of the feed and care ;0).
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Old Sep 2nd 2011, 06:31 PM   #9
 
  Jul 2009
  College Station, TX
I know some people around here that use 52 inch field fence with two strands of barbed wire on top and keep fallow, blackbuck, and addax in there with no problem. As long as they have plenty of food and aren't pressured they are fine. They are in 10+ acres though.
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Old Sep 2nd 2011, 10:05 PM   #10
 
  Sep 2011
  Bemidji, MN
Our state law require an 8 foot fence, which is why 2 courses of 4 foot wire is what we are looking at.
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Old Sep 3rd 2011, 06:53 AM   #11
 
  Nov 2010
  Bemidji MN
Carrie

You will pay as much for 2 rolls of woven wire as you will for the 8ft tight lock fence here in Bemidji
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Old Sep 3rd 2011, 07:15 AM   #12
 
  Sep 2011
  Bemidji, MN
Bryan, where is the tight lock fence available in Bemidji. I've called everywhere.
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Old Sep 3rd 2011, 07:30 AM   #13
 
  Nov 2010
  Bemidji MN
Cenex and I do have a mfg I can get it from to
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Old Sep 3rd 2011, 07:52 AM   #14
 
  Sep 2011
  Bemidji, MN
I am going to call Cenex again. They told me they did not have any 8 foot fencing of any kind. What does it cost per roll/feet per roll?
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Old Sep 3rd 2011, 08:41 AM   #15
 
  Nov 2010
  Bemidji MN
$425 a roll from them fleet used to carry it but now you have to order it
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