A mailed survey and on-site evaluations were conducted to assess effectiveness of deer fencing based on self-installed versus contractor-installed fences. Ninety-five percent of survey respondents who self-installed their fence and 100% of respondents with contractor-installed fences perceived a reduction in deer damage. Most self-installed fences were improperly installed and used sub-par materials relative to contractor-installed fences. Self-installed deer fences may represent a significant cost-savings over a contractor-installed fence. However, savings may not be as dramatic as they first appear when considering that an improperly installed fence may reduce the fence's life span and provide less protection from deer depredation.
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Drake, D., & Grande, J. (2007). Evaluation of Farmer- Versus Contractor-Installed Deer Fencing. The Journal of Extension, 45(3), Article 14. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol45/iss3/14