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Well planned and properly constructed deer fencing has a huge impact on the efficiency of deer handling. The long term benefits of ease of management from good fencing is realised with a reduction in time taken on fence maintenance, as well as reduced personnel time chasing deer around due to inadequate fencing. 

Deer fencing is inherently expensive to construct due to the quantity of materials that are used. Deer can be extremely hard on fences, and often cause damage to posts, gates and netting. This is mainly due to deer behaviours such as: pacing, fighting, rubbing of antlers/buttons, and attempted escape. If short-cuts are taken during initial construction then the on-going maintenance of substandard fencing can be substantial. The Noxious Animals in Captivity Regulations 1969 are still in force, so fences must be strong, and they must be secure.

The normal height of deer fences is 1.9 to 2.0m for both internal fences, and boundary fences. 

Regulatory requirements for fencing
Adapted fences
Electric fences
Controlling post and fence damage
Gates and gateways

More resources

To open the guide to building safe and practical deer yards, click here >>

The Deer Farming Handbook has a good section on deer fencing >>

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