Chain Link

Safe, Durable Fencing for Deer Farms

By: Gail Veley 
Originally appeared in the September 2019 Issue of the Upper Midwest Cervid Newsletter

Everyone has heard the phrase “good fences make good neighbors." However, a good fence can also ensure your prized deer remain healthier and perhaps injury-free. Although fences are naturally intended, among other things to keep livestock contained in certain areas, purchasing a fence is an investment that should pay for itself time and time again. Given all the available choices on the market for deer fence, chain link fencing is one of the overall safest ones.

With its smaller holes and smooth coated steel wire, a chain link fence is safer to rub on and can also help prevent antlers from becoming stuck, unlike game fence that has larger holes with a rougher fixed-knot design. Antlers caught in larger holes found in game fences can become damaged and infected and in the worst cases, cause the death of a prized buck. Fawns, as well, have been known to become stuck in game fencing. And although chain link may be more expensive to purchase, there are less expensive alternatives in the form of Number Two wire. Number Two wire chain link fence is simply fencing that was manufactured, yet never sold and put up. As a result, over time it lost its shine but not its strength or durability.

“It‘s (non-shiny) look makes it much easier to afford,” explained Josie Borkholder, deer farmer as well as a fencing specialist since 2011. “Number Two, in general, can be more affordable to buy compared to Number One. The demand for this type of fencing is always high."

Although a typical chain link fence is traditionally four feet high, it can also be acquired in heights of eight or 10 feet, making it perfect for deer farming. “In my opinion I think a chain link fence pays for itself. From the life of the fence to the increased safety of your deer, it’s totally worth it," Borkholder said. "Customers feel more secure with their deer behind chain link. I even had a customer tear all of his existing fence down and replace it with chain link."

“If you are going to put up fencing, do it right the first time. Your deer deserve the best,” said Borkholder, who recommends using pine or steel posts for attachment points. "Phone poles work great, too,” he added.

“I have customers telling me all the time what a smart move it was to get a chain link fence. I’ve never had anyone ever tell me they’ve gone from chain link fence to game fence.” Interested customers from any part of the U.S. can call to inquire about the availability and benefits of purchasing chain link fence and be placed on a waiting list, if necessary.

Josie Borkholder: 574-248-2675