Choices for Fencing

By: StaTite50
Originally appeared in the Summer 2016 Issue of Whitetails of Louisiana

For some landowners, it’s hard to think of fence as more than just a commodity. But when it comes to protecting land and the animals that inhabit it, more thoughtful consideration must be taken to ensure both your land and animals are protected.

When you enter a feed store or lumberyard, the choices in the fence yard can be overwhelming. From barbed wire to field fence, with a variety of sizes and galvanizations available, the options are limitless. Sure, there are a lot of things that will get the job done. But how do you know if the option you choose is right for fencing your deer operation?

Let's start with the basics.

There are three major choices when it comes to 8-foot game proof fencing:
  • Double-stacked 47" field fence/net wire
  • Class 3 High Tensile Fixed Knot Fence
  • Zinc-Aluminum Coated Fixed Knot Fence
The double-stacked 47" field fence is one of the oldest techniques in the book. While fairly economical, this fencing option is less durable than a fixed knot fence. Field fence uses a hinge joint knot to join the vertical and horizontal lines together. Because of its wrapped design, the knot on a hinge-joint fence can easily separate. Fencing technology has evolved extensively over recent years, which means there are now more affordable, more effective options than ever before.

The Fixed knot design is considered top of the line when compared to the makeup of other wires. The fixed knot is unique in that it uses a separate piece of wire to lock together a solid vertical stay wire to the line wire which increases a fence's overall strength and allows for increased post spacing. A fixed knot fence will not tear apart under heavy pressure unless the wire breaks. The 12 ½ gauge high tensile wire itself is also three times stronger than traditional 12 ½ gauge wire used in 47" field fence.

Class 3 galvanization is considered the industry standard for fixed knot fence. The Class 3 coating is 2.5 times thicker than Class 1 (the coating that traditionally makes up field fence) and may last approximately 13 to 30 years before rusting in non-coastal climates.

Zinc-Aluminum coated fixed knot fence is considered state-of-the-art. The advanced coating technology combined with the structural soundness of the fixed knot design extends its life more than twice the life of Class 3 galvanized wire.

“A game proof fence for your operation is a significant investment. Why not invest in the best?”