Buildings & Interiors

High Fence Option Promotes Deer Breeding Operations

Because deer can jump over remarkably high obstacles, a deer hunting preserve needs not only very high fences but strong and reliable fences.

Some hunters argue that fenced deer hunting is “canned hunting”; that is, deer accustomed to the scent and movement of humans so that they come regularly to feed at corn feeders, for example. Others, including those who have hunted free range, on private or government property, often spend a lot of money for gear yet find themselves freezing to death in a deer stand eating cold canned beans and sleeping wild, yet never getting a deer.

The advantage of fenced acreage, whether it be 500 acres or 5,000 acres, is that it keeps valuable deer breeding stock inside a perimeter and away from native deer of questionable health and stature who might breed with them. In fact, this breeding is what enables some fenced preserves to advertise “pure blood” Canadian whitetail deer.

The real drawback is cost. Landowners are very fussy about quality, as well they should be. Fortunately, some firms specializing in fencing deer preserves also build cattle fencing, deer breeding pens and whitetail handling facilities, as well as metal buildings that can serve as workstations, barns, or storage facilities guaranteed to weather the years without rust.

One of these, J4 Fencing & Services, operating out of El Campo, Texas, has almost 20 years of experience in pleasing landowners and creating deer preserves that are not eyesores. J4 also uses the patented Pro Fencer Brace System, guaranteed to keep even high fences upright. And J4 works all across the United States, providing fast service and quality.

Ted Nugent, a musician, is also an avid deer hunter. Nugent doesn’t share the Luddite point of view surrounding deer preserves, believing that high fence deer hunting does not degrade the heritage of American deer hunting. Nor does he feel that chronic wasting disease and bovine tuberculosis are the result of fencing, or that continued fencing represents a privatization of the hunting experience.