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Multi-strand solar battery high-tensile wire deer fence

 

The multi-strand solar battery high-tensile wire deer fence is an effective means to diminish whitetail deer browse if properly erected and maintained. To attain the maximum benefits (increase species diversity, increase stocking densities, and promote good stem form) the fence should be erected immediately following a regeneration harvest in accordance with industry standards. Depending on the objective of the site, a well-maintained multi-strand solar battery high tensile wire deer fence can be effective for at least 5 years.

All fences erected for the Penn State Forestland Management Office are put out to competitive bid and installed by professional fence contractors.

Fence Pros:

  • The multi-strand solar battery high tensile wire deer fence costs approximately $1.40/lineal foot to erect (less expensive than a woven wire deer fence)
  • People view the multi-strand solar battery high tensile wire deer fence as more aesthetically pleasing than a woven wire fence
  • The multi-strand solar battery high tensile wire deer fence is easier to dismantle than a woven wire deer fence

Fence Cons:

  • The multi-strand solar battery high tensile wire deer fence requires more maintenance than a woven wire fence, a multi-strand solar battery high tensile wire deer fence should be inspected once a week
  • Major damage, i.e. wind thrown fence line trees, can require extensive creative repairs (woven wire fence reacts better to major damage)
  • Costly annual herbicide applications need to be applied along the bottom fence perimeter to control vegetation from grounding out the current
  • Accessibility for the whitetail deer is easier than in a woven wire deer fence

Common Problems:

  • Batteries lose power during cloudy days
  • Batteries shut off when moisture accumulates on the terminals
  • Trees fall on the wires
  • Small mammals eat the plastic insulators and wire covers
  • Frozen soils prohibit accurate voltage readings in the winter

 

View our multi-strand solar battery high-tensile wire deer Fence Specifications. (PDF)