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Food plot fencing

Don't let deer eat up your young plants

Radio interview source: Dr. Grant Woods, White Tail Biologist, Growing Deer TV

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Some people plant food plots to attract deer to their land. But if the animals devour the young plants before they've had time to grow, the food plot will fail. There are fencing options that may help.
White tail deer biologist Grant Woods says temporary fencing is a good solution, and the trick is to make a fence that will keep hungry deer out. A hard wire 10-foot fence is tough for them to jump over, but it's time-consuming to put up and cost-prohibitive.  
Sometimes less is more. Woods has discovered that a configuration of single wires and poly tape keeps deer out of food plots.
It's kind of odd. There's an outside wire, it's actually on a separate post than the inside wires, there's a 3-foot gap," he says. "The outside wire is one strand, it's a half-inch wide, and it's about 14-inches off the ground.  And the inside, which is 3-feet back, 3-feet behind, so it actually takes two rows of posts, and the posts are 30-or-40-feet apart depending on the slope on your land.  And that has a wire 8-inches off the ground and one 24-inches off the ground."
Woods is about six-feet tall. When this type of fence was installed, he saw he could easily step over it and figured it would be nothing for a deer. But, he got down on his hands and knees and looked at it from the deer's perspective. The three wires at that level have a three-dimensional effect, whereas they have a one-dimensional effect when a human is looking down on them. 
The lens of a camera provides another interesting observation.
"I had this professional photographer out, and he was shooting pictures at my request of food plots, not necessarily the fence," says Woods. "He thought the fence was cool so he tried to focus on it.  His camera would not focus. And knowing the mechanics of a deer's eye and how it works, and the camera lens, I really think there's some cross-over there.  I think it's kind of spooking them because it's kind of a spooky appearance to them."
Woods says he can't say with certainty that the fence's appearance has a deterrent effect, but it seems to work.  

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