Animal Proof Fencing
Of course your main interest when putting up a wildlife fence is to keep the critters from going where they shouldn't, and eating or trampling your plants when they do. It takes a strong fence to do that particularly because wildlife, especially deer can be seriously curious and very determined when it comes to finding their way through a fence. Many types of popular fencing just won't be tough enough, or high enough, to keep them out, and that doesn't just mean losses from damaged crops but also the cost of replacing and renewing fencing. So talk to us about wildlife fencing that's fit for purpose.
One of the things to bear in mind about a wildlife fence is that the best fences protect your property but also the wildlife itself. Living in harmony doesn't have to mean letting wildlife do whatever it wants but it does involve finding the best way to work together. One of the reasons wildlife can be so persistent in penetrating fencing is that wildlife is often not taken into account when we put up the fences. We can literally check the lay of the land and recommend the best places and ways of putting up wildlife fence so that it keeps animals out but also naturally routes them around your property where possible.
Welded vs Woven
Welded wire fences are great value and depending on the likely threat to your property they may be all you need, but they just don't offer the same resistance that a proper woven deer fence can. We think the best deer fences are high tensile and coated or galvanized. Fixed knot construction sees a third wire secure the vertical wires to the horizontal and keeps deer out and your own livestock safely in. Here in Montana we are lucky to have elk, deer, and pronghorns not to mention bear, lions, and bobcats – a woven fence is the best bet to keep all of them safely out.
One Fence, Two Purposes
In some cases it may be best to have a fence that keeps livestock in but allows wildlife to pass through – particularly if your property blocks a transit route. That can be done with high visibility electrical wire – a single high strand will be enough to keep horses away while believe it or not, even the big elk can pass underneath.
Gates, Passes, Lay Downs
As well as the fence itself we will plan your gates, and passes, either for wildlife or for people – especially important if there are are workers or if there is a right of way. Lay down sections of fence that can be dropped when required not only provide access for wildlife at those times of year when it should be given but can protect against snow damage. We can also work our way around more tricky obstacles like water, streams, and rocks that are in the way of your fencing. Trust us, we know what we're doing here, right down to the state recommendations for fencing that protects your property but won't harm the wildlife.