Deer Electric Fence

High electric fences can be useful for controlling deer movement. The shock of electricity might even prove more effective than general net wire fence. However if the corners are not designed properly it can result in fence failure. For both net wire and electrical fence the specifications for H-braces are the same. But the types of post required and the spacing differ greatly. For best results use insulated 3-4 inch diameter post in corners for ground wires, and fiberglass or even metal t-post at every 33-35 foot apart. Wood post should be treated to with stand weather and climate.

Number of wires used and the wire gauges are best at 16-14 stands of 11 gauge wires for high fences with the first two to three strands from the bottom to top should be positive and the rest alternating. This allows for a stronger shock to animals that most likely have better ground contact being that their feet are touching the ground. With strainers made specifically for electric fences all wires should be pulled tight to ensure the maximum voltage travel. This can be done by using a strainer handle which comes in many makes and models or a wrench-like devise. Once the tension of the wire has reached its desired place the tensile nature of the wire results in little to no adjustments to the wire meaning, less work for the keeper.

Where a post and a “hot” wire meet insulators should be place unless the post is fiberglass because it alone acts like an insulator. Insulators come in many variety but the most common being clay ceramic known as “doughnuts” or plastic tubing cut to simply slide over the wire. If a fence is crossing water it can be treated as a net-wire fence or even by adding a floodgate controller. This shuts down power to all lines if interfered with by high water. When the water level returns to a safe level power is returned to the lines. However precaution should be taken when ever working with any kind fencing.