This deer fencing cost guide will assist you in comparing materials useful for protecting your garden, blooms and shrubs from hungry deer. If you’d like to see what the cost would be for a fence that is both practical and a pleasure to look at, compare the prices and see the full deer fence cost breakdown as well as style details with those outlined in our many other fence guides.
|Deer Fence Cost for a 164 Linear Foot Project|
Compare Deer Fencing Costs With Other Fence Types
Deer fence is a good choice for those who want a practical, cost-effective barrier without regard for good looks. If you’d prefer an aesthetically appealing fence that will also keep deer out, take a look at our guides to privacy fence, shadowbox fence, aluminum fence, chain link fence, wrought iron fence and other styles.
Your two primary deer fence options are polypropylene plastic and metal fence. There are pros and cons of each. Plastic won’t rust like metal, but it can be chewed through, and long-term exposure to sun will weaken it. Metal deer fence won’t maintain its good looks for long, but it will keep out deer for many decades.
Deer fencing price ranges from affordable to moderate. There’s nothing expensive in this category. Here’s a look at the two primary materials and the price per linear foot for each.
- Metal deer fence: $1.30-$3.10
- Plastic deer fence: $0.85-$3.35
As you can see, there is a spectrum of quality based on the gauge of the steel wire or the thickness of the plastic. If you’ve got aggressive deer where you live, then tall metal deer fence is the best defense.
This table gives you total project costs for the material and installation. DIY installation is most common because it is fairly easy and looks aren’t the primary concern. The costs are based on 164 linear feet of fencing, the figure we use in all our fence guides to simplify comparing costs.
Table 1: This table gives you details for a typical deer fence of 164 linear feet.
|Fence Type||Cost Of Materials||Installation Cost||Total Project Cost||Cost Per Linear Foot|
|Metal Deer Fence||$2.30-$5.00||$215-$508||$164-$315||$1.30-$3.10|
|Plastic Deer Fence||$1.85-$5.25||$140-$550||$164-$315||$0.85-$3.35|
Factors Affecting the Deer Fencing Cost
Deer fencing will usually be made from plastic, steel or are an electric deer fence, so there are a few variables depending on which fence you choose, however the factors below are in general the ones you would need to consider when installing a deer fence:
- Height – Typcial deer fencing comes in 6, 8 and 12 foot heights. The taller the fence you buy the higher the cost of the materials and the labor to install it
- Deer Fence Gates – Usually you can buy gate kits which allow you to easy insert a gate into the deer fence. The kits are relatively cheap and cost around $170 for a 6 foot gate and $215 for an 8 foor gate, with a 7 foot gate been inbetween. Labor will usually cost around $200, therefore making a total cost of just over $400 per gate, installed
- Tensioning Kits – Fence tensioning kits are an optional extra which will add security to the fence, as well as ridigity and longevity. A drum of 333′ drum of 8 guage mono filament will cost around $50, rising depending on the length and guage you buy. The cost will also increase with the addition of connectors, grips etc. Therefore it’s often more cost effective to buy a tensioing kit which will set you back around $300. These kits include monofilament wire, clips, tighteners, tightener tools, hog ring pliers, hog rings and guide clamps
- Ground Stakes – Ground stakes make the fence more secure and prevent digging below the fence. These are available in two types, Rebar and Kinked, and are easily to install as long as the ground isn’t too rocky or firm. Rebar stakes cost around $35 for a 20 pack and kinked ones are cheaper at $21 for a 30 pack. Rebar stakes are preferable for grounds which are firmer and rocky
- Warning Banners – Deer tend to have poor sight and therefore installing ribbons or banners at intervals mean they will see an object and notice the fence, preventing them from running into it. These barriers blow in the wing and can be easily seen. They can cost around $5 for a pack of 20 and are usually installed every 10m.
Considerations for Installation
Most deer fence is attached to metal posts, the type used for snow fence, construction barrier and for miscellaneous purposes. The use of 4”x4” pressure treated or cedar posts provide a more permanent installation and improve the look of the fencing.
Homeowners concerned for the well being of deer often attach light-colored streamers or plastic containers to their fence to allow the animals to see the barrier. Another option is to spray the fencing on a weekly basis with an aromatic, formula that is safe yet offensive to deer. Sprays that are safe for deer and for your family are available online and at outdoor stores where you live.
The types of deer fence discussed in this guide will help to prevent deer from getting into your yard and garden. There are 3 examples of what deer fence styles you can consider shown in the above images. Deer fencing can also be used to keep cattle, horses and other barn animals safely enclosed. The shortest deer fence is about 3’ while the tallest material is 10’ high. Most deer fencing is sold in rolls from 50’ to 300’ in length.
Deer fence is an affordable fence material for designating property boundaries and giving children and pets room to roam safely within your property lines.
If you want to add style to your deer fencing, then consider using pressure-treated or cedar posts to attach it to, and top the posts with decorative caps.