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Old Jul 27th 2017, 04:05 PM   #1
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  Dec 2016
  Indiana
What do you want out of your fence?

Just like the title says....What do you want out of your fence? What are your complaints and compliments on what you've been using? As a fence contractor, livestock producer, and fence material supplier...of course I have developed my own opinions, but I'd really like to know what is on your mind. Do you think any particular wire design should be adjusted in any way? Taller, shorter, more line wires, fewer line wires, tighter stay spacing, wider stay spacing, square knot, hinge joint, fixed knot, high tensile, low carbon, etc, etc??? What say you?
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Old Jul 27th 2017, 04:54 PM   #2
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  Apr 2009
  Vaughn, MT 59487

Cervid: mule deer,whitetail,elk,goats,bighorn & stone sheep
I'm mostly 20 x 96 x 6 and feel it could be smaller squares on the bottom so fawns can't slip out. This would also make the top squares smaller so the deer can't rip out all the tags the States require. It would cost more to make but in the long run would be cheaper with cost of tagging, rip ears and the like.
I would like it to be 20 x 96 x 4 or maybe 24 line wires.
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Old Jul 27th 2017, 04:58 PM   #3
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I'm mostly 20 x 96 x 6 and feel it could be smaller squares on the bottom so fawns can't slip out. This would also make the top squares smaller so the deer can't rip out all the tags the States require. It would cost more to make but in the long run would be cheaper with cost of tagging, rip ears and the like.
I would like it to be 20 x 96 x 4 or maybe 24 line wires.
We can do narrower vertical stays, Jack. I'll double check on 24 line wires, but I think it's doable as well.
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Old Jul 27th 2017, 08:47 PM   #4
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  Jan 2013
  Cando, ND
I agree with jack on the ear tags! I've put 3 in each ear of one of my 2yr old bucks and they look like crap now.
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Old Jul 28th 2017, 02:28 AM   #5
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  Dec 2016
  Indiana
The boss says we can do up to 23 line wires in an 8' fence. 2096-3 is more common than additional line wires, and 165' rolls (I think we can make them up to 200') would cost right around $340-350/roll with discounts for quantity and pre orders on large projects. We can also do an "S" knot in any configuration if a lighter knot was acceptable.
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Old Aug 6th 2017, 08:36 AM   #6
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  Dec 2016
  Indiana
What are everyone's views on wire tension? In my travels, I see quite a bit of not so tight fence, but haven't found anyone to explain if it's by design, or an installation issue. Would there ever be a benefit to semi slack deer fence? Curious to hear some opinions on this.
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Old Aug 6th 2017, 11:25 AM   #7
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  Oct 2014
  Garrettsville, OH
In my experience stretching the fence as tight as my tractor would allow resulted in corners moveing in first year or 2 and still haveing a loose fence. Now i strectch juat enough for it to stand on its own.
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Old Aug 6th 2017, 12:00 PM   #8
 
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you want it with a bit of slack, the fence will give a little and bounce the deer off without much damage to the deer. a super tight fence will not give and the animal will be more apt to suffer an injury
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Old Aug 6th 2017, 02:20 PM   #9
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  Jan 2013
  Cando, ND
When I string my fence I get it just tight enough so when I bounce against it with my back and look down the fence I can just see the other poles on the opposite side if that makes sense?
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Old Aug 6th 2017, 04:54 PM   #10
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  Dec 2016
  Indiana
Free Town, it sounds like your bracing method needs adjusted just a bit. A well built brace shouldn't ever move once the fence is tensioned. Would you care to share your technique with us, as well as the soil type and sizes of posts? Might be an easy fix in there.

Weber195, what we generally do is put proper tension in the wire, and build the give in with the post selection and spacing. For example, using T posts spaced 20' or more will give quite a bit on impact even if it's tensioned to 350 lbs, where timber posts on 10' centers don't offer much flex. The producers that we've fenced for are satisfied that it's suiting their needs and outlasting loose wire. I'm not claiming to have the only right way. I do like to hear others thoughts, opinions, and techniques so that we can continue to improve our products to suit the needs of the folks that use them.
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