Deer Control Tips

Deer Fencing Options

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At Deer Busters, we’re proud to offer a variety of deer fencing options so that you can choose which best suits your budget and your needs. Three of the most common fencing materials include:

Polypropylene

Our award-winning  poly deer fencing is made from a polypropylene mesh material that is very lightweight but very durable (with breaking strengths of 500 lbs./sq.ft. to 950 lbs./sq.ft.). These fences are virtually invisible to deer and are rated to last 20 years or more. At Deer Busters, we offer two different kinds of fences: TENAX and Trident.

TENAX deer fencing features thick, rounded strands of plastic that are more invisible than flat strands and allow wind to flow through them, which makes the fencing durable during harsh weather.

Trident deer fencing features thick, semi-round strands of plastic that are reinforced at the bottom with a tightly woven mesh. This mesh helps protect against smaller critters and rodents by making it harder to chew through.

Metal

If you live on a property inhabited with many deer, metal fencing may be the way to go. This fencing is stronger than polypropylene material and is durable against deer, rodents, critters, weather, and UV rays. We offer three kinds of metal fences: steel hex, welded wire, and fixed knot.

Steel hex deer fencing features a hexagonal pattern of 20-gauge galvanized wire that is twisted together to provide a highly resistant design. The wire is coated with a black PVC coating to strengthen it against natural elements and to help make it invisible to animals.

Welded wire deer fencing is presented in a rectangular design and is made from 14-gauge welded wire. It is also coated with a black PVC coating and is resistant to chewing or tearing.

Fixed knot deer fencing is created with 12.5-gauge steel that is class 3 galvanized (the highest galvanized rating available). This makes it very resistant to corrosion and natural elements. It also means it’s the strongest metal fencing available.

Electric Baited

Electric fences are electrically charged wire fences. They can be charged using solar energizers, plug-in energizers, or battery energizers and are often fitted with deer baits to lure deer to the area. Once a deer touches the bait, it receives a small shock, which discourages them from coming back and gives your property protection.

What to Know About Chronic Wasting Disease

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About Chronic Wasting Disease

First identified in the 1960s at a Colorado research facility, Chronic wasting disease is an illness affects animals like white-tailed deer, elk, moose, and mule deer. It is considered a fatal disease that, if contracted, will attack the brain and spinal cord of the animal. Though the exact cause isn’t known, CWD is considered to be a prion disease – which means once a protein is altered (called a prion), other normal proteins will change and lead to the destruction of the brain via holes.

Signs/Symptoms

While CWD can’t be transmitted to humans, it’s still advised that you stay away from any deer that may have it. In the early stages of CWD, deer don’t always show signs of having it. As the disease progresses, signs of weight loss and behavioral changes can be seen. After that, deer may drool excessively, stumble, tremble, urinate excessively, over-drink, be extremely nervous or (just the opposite) be unafraid of humans.

How It Spreads

CWD is spread between deer, elk, and moose via urine, feces, or even saliva. You’ll usually find more deer are affected in areas with large deer populations or feeding areas, where saliva is present. Despite the common assumption that a female affected with CWD would pass the disease onto her baby, this doesn’t seem to be the case, and CWD has remained in the deer family since it was identified.

Where It’s Present

Right now, CWD has been found in 18 U.S. states, though more prevalent in some than others. Western states like Colorado, Nebraska, Kansas, Wisconsin, and Wyoming have been documented with more cases of CWD than the other 13 states (Illinois, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Virginia, and West Virginia).

How to Isolate It

The Maryland state website suggests that if you’re a hunter, some precautionary measures should be taken when handling, field-dressing, and home processing venison:

  • Avoid shooting or handling a deer that appears sick.
  • Wear latex or rubber gloves when field-dressing or butchering deer.
  • Remove all internal organs.
  • Bone the deer (remove the meat from the bones and spinal column).
  • Do not use household knives or utensils.
  • Avoid cutting through bones or the spinal column (backbone).
  • Never eat a deer’s brain, eyeballs, spinal cord, spleen, or lymph nodes.
  • If you saw off antlers or through a bone, or if you sever the spinal column with a knife, be sure to disinfect these tools prior to using them for the butchering or removal of meat.
  • Remove all fat, membranes and connective tissue from the meat. Note that normal field-dressing and trimming of fat from meat will remove lymph nodes.
  • Always wash hands and instruments thoroughly after dressing and processing game meat.
  • Use a 50/50 solution of household chlorine bleach and water to disinfect tools and work surfaces.
  • Wipe down counters and let them dry; soak knives for one hour.

If you’re not a hunter and you see a deer that looks infected, contact your local Department of Natural Resources. Maryland’s can be reached at 1-(877) 620-8367 (ext. 8540).

The Best Accessories for Your Deer Fence

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At Deer Busters, we know that our award-winning poly deer fencing is enough to keep pesky deer and other animals out of your yard, but we believe there’s always a way to make it better – with accessories! We carry an array of deer fencing accessories to help you customize your fence and add a little extra strength or protection.

Drive Caps and Post Drivers

If you’re installing a heavy line post using our ground sleeve system, you’re going to need a drive cap to safely pound the sleeve into the ground. We have drive caps available for 1 3/8″ posts and 1 5/8″ posts. We also have a spring-loaded post driver and a gas-powered post driver to make your post installation much easier.

Ground Stakes

When it comes to ground stakes, we have kinked ground stakes and rebar ground stakes available. These ground stakes will help keep your deer fencing in place and make installation smoother.

Self-Locking Ties

Use our self-locking ties (available in 8″ and 14″) to make sure your monofilament wire is secure. Once you feed your wire through your connection sleeve, around the post, and back through your connection sleeve, criss-cross our ties around the wire to hold it in place.

Deer Fence Tensioning

To keep your deer fence taut and strong, we recommend using tension wire (such as our monofilament wire in 8-gauge or 12-gauge) in between your posts. We also offer steel core tensioning wire, which is the highest strength wire available. It comes in 333′, 666′, 1000′, and 3000′ orders. To make your installation easier, we offer tensioning kits and tools like the Hog Ringer to attach your fencing to your tension wire.

Replacement Parts

If you’re looking for a new post, post caps, drop rods, anchors, extenders, or ground sleeves, we carry replacement parts in varieties.

Chew-Proof Rodent Fence

While deer probably won’t try to chew through your fencing, other animals (like rodents) may. That’s why we carry our chew-proof rodent fence. Simply attach it to the bottom of your deer fencing and you’ll have an easy way to keep gnawing critters out of your yard.