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Old Mar 21st 2011, 06:29 PM   #1
 
  Feb 2011
  Glen Elder, KS
i am planning on building some pens, is there a good commercial gate avaliable? i was thinking a 10 0r 12 foot ally with a minimum 8 foot gate,(or maybe 10 feet?)gate on the end and also into each pen.Any thoughts?i could make my own if that is my best option, as i think i will use drill stem for posts.i was thinking wide enought to get a skid steer down.is 8-10 foot ally ok?

thanks for any advice

tom l
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Old Mar 21st 2011, 07:13 PM   #2
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  Apr 2009
  Vaughn, MT 59487

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I have 12 foot gates and wish I'd made them big enough to take my tractor in to work up the ground for replanting. It took six years to eat out all the good plants and now I really have no way to get in to replant. Just might be something to think about.



I have replaced some with 18 foot gates so I can replant the pens.
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Old Mar 22nd 2011, 06:11 AM   #3
 
  Apr 2009
  Landisburg, PA
Tom we make gates Chainlink gates. Very reasonable prices. We make them to fit your needs. I can send you some info via email or mail if ya would like! You can also call us at (717) 580-6984 or (717) 789-3582. Thanks!
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Old Mar 22nd 2011, 06:32 AM   #4
 
  Apr 2009
  Carrollton, MO
I have one gate I'd be willing to sell. It is heavy-duty steel pipe and has welded rigid wire mesh on it. It is 12' wide and approximately 7' 6" tall. I have another that is 16' wide but it was custom-built to accomodate a slope-it would surely have to be cut and rewelded to make square. Some time ago I posted where a fab shop in Moberly, MO had dozens of 16' gates for sale (this is where I bought mine) at or near cost. I think they were ordered and never picked up by a customer. Good luck.
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Old Mar 22nd 2011, 06:40 AM   #5
 
  Apr 2009
  Carrollton, MO
I was wrong. The gates they had in Moberly were 14' long. Here is a link to the thread. Not sure if they still have these gates, but I'm sure they would be willing to make them for you. Their number is on the thread, too.



http://www.deerforums.com/vbforums/s...hlight=moberly
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Old Mar 22nd 2011, 04:24 PM   #6
 
  Mar 2009
  Blairstown, LA
Jack, ever entertain the thought of a smaller tractor?
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Old Mar 22nd 2011, 04:50 PM   #7
 
  Apr 2009
  Tobin Lake, Saskatchewan
I have all 8' gates, there are two of them filling a 16' opening into each pen. open one for the Ranger, two for the tractor.
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Old Mar 22nd 2011, 06:42 PM   #8
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  May 2009
  Chillicothe, Missouri
10' gates and the 10' alley way works well for us. We have a 2305 John Deere that we mow and push snow with and even when the loaedr is on we have had 0 problems. I think sometimes gate size depends on the pen size and the deer and how familiar they are being put thru the paces of handiling them in and out of the pens. good luck
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Old Mar 23rd 2011, 06:22 PM   #9
 
  Feb 2011
  Glen Elder, KS
thanks for your advice, i figure 10 ft gate, so posts can be 10 ft apart. that and my skid steer will fit with no problem. may be overkill may not, i was planning on putting a drill stem post(2 7/8) in cement every 10 ft, with a rail along the top(2 3/8).sucker rod along the bottom( i guess just something to fasten my wire to).was planning on my pens(4pens,each .312 acres ) can i put 3 to 4 deer in each of these? i realize i will need to feed them.being 80 by 170 with a 10 ft alley along one end.i have more room for the future if needed,BUT, limited money to spend at this time.i just would like to build what i can right the first time and add more later if warrented.

so what about wire, good source, size,gauge,any other thoughts? thanks again

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Old Mar 23rd 2011, 06:49 PM   #10
 
  Oct 2009
I have 12' gate's on all my pins. I had them made in KY with 4' walk through gate's and i just love them. Great for feeding with out having to open the whole gate. Saves time and less chance of one of those sneeking girls to exit stage left. The cost was just about the same as one with out and a whole lot easy.
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Old Mar 23rd 2011, 07:20 PM   #11
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  May 2009
  Chillicothe, Missouri
6" STAY TUFF is what we have and some 3" STAY TUFF for the fawn pens ...........But have said it before if you have the budget 3" on all pens would be AWESOME!
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Old Mar 23rd 2011, 10:27 PM   #12
 
  Apr 2009
  Carrollton, MO
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Originally Posted by Chuckerjim
I have 12' gate's on all my pins. I had them made in KY with 4' walk through gate's and i just love them. Great for feeding with out having to open the whole gate. Saves time and less chance of one of those sneeking girls to exit stage left. The cost was just about the same as one with out and a whole lot easy.


Agreed-walk through gates built into your pen gates are well worth the money. I have several myself. If you have adjoining pens, you might consider having a gate between them at the opposite end from where you will do your choring. These seem to be well used when open, and the only problem I've found is that they get so much traffic (sometimes I bunch up the deer and feel they need two pens so I let them run through this gate at will) that they pound the ground down so far that fawns can later slip under the gate when closed. I figure this year I'll take some bolt cutters to some hog panels and make a rigid gap-plug to cover any space too big to hold a fawn.
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Old Mar 24th 2011, 06:22 PM   #13
 
  Apr 2009
  Polk, PA located in west central pa
I built all my own gates out of lumber and fence.
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