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Old Dec 26th 2014, 06:11 PM   #1
  Dec 2014

My father-in-law and I own a 91 acre farm in Northwest Florida and would love to high fence our place.* The goal in having the fence would be to hunt a little but really just enjoy having a small deer herd.* Our farm is pretty thick overall and has a creek bordering 2 sides and a swamp bordering about 1/4 of another side.* It is a seasonal creek so at times it is only a couple feet wide, at other times with heavy rains it could be 20-30 yards wide.* The "long run" through the creek area would be about a 2,450 lf line.* A conventional installation of 8' woven wire fencing with cleared trails would be VERY difficult given how thick the trees and understory is along the creek.* Now to my question... I assume the likelihood of getting the "appropriate permits" through DEP, the Corps of Engineers and others would be unlikely but that's just my gut.* I thought about a 8' polypropylene netting approach which might allow me to "fence" the area in without bulldozing a trail but believe the fence wouldn't be straight, might have gaps, might not last too long, etc.


Does anyone have any ideas they might be able to recommend or have experience in clearing trails through areas like this, permits, etc.?


Thanks for any anticipated help!!!
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Old Dec 27th 2014, 06:52 AM   #2
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  Oct 2011
  Columbia City, IN

It sounds to me, that you would have to add some culverts in and anticipate the worse case water flow. Then probably go "extra deep" in those spots with concrete pillars.
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Old Dec 27th 2014, 08:36 AM   #3
  Dec 2014
How about the clearing through wetland like areas? In others experiences... Does clearing about a 10' wide trail to install a fence require permitting?
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Old Dec 29th 2014, 09:09 AM   #4
  Jan 2014
  Pipe Creek ,Texas

or you could run big heavy cable and hang panels on it T&S with a couple center supports it has been done during flooding they let debre move thru
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Old Dec 29th 2014, 04:38 PM   #5
  Apr 2009
  Fountain, MN

The first heavy rain and your deer would be gone!
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Old Dec 30th 2014, 04:39 AM   #6
  Feb 2014
  Monticello Fl

In Florida, the Warren S. Henderson Wetland Protection Act was*passed in 1984.********* Maybe this link will work for you.* See Florida Statute 403.927 (4) (a), it outlines the fencing and other exemptions. Then talk to your area DEP to cover your tracks and show them that you know what your talking about.


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Old Dec 30th 2014, 05:00 AM   #7
  Dec 2014


That's great information... thanks for the help!
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Old Dec 30th 2014, 05:13 AM   #8
  Feb 2014
  Monticello Fl

You should read up on fencing requirements for captive deer, in Florida.*My opinion is*that you'll need a game farm license, and*to establish the property as a Private Game Preserve. You will not be allowed to use plastic fence. The info is on the FWC website.
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