How to Build a Deer Fence in 7 Easy Steps

You work hard to cultivate the plants, trees, bushes, vegetables, and flowers on your property—and AM Leonard will help you protect all of it from unwanted guests. Below, our resident deer-fencing expert Nate outlines seven considerations to help you build a deer fence that gets the job done.

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A.M. Leonard's seven easy steps to deer prevention:

1. Choose the Type of Fence You Need

First things first: you’ll need to determine the height of your deer fence . Choose from heights of 4, 6, 6.5, or 7.5 feet and from mesh holes of 1.77-inch x 1.96-inch (best for deer), 1.75-inch x 2-inch (good for deer), or 0.75-inch x 1-inch (best for smaller animals). Make note of the height and mesh you need.

2. Determine How Much Deer Fencing You Will Need

Use a tape measure or measuring wheel to identify the total linear footage of the perimeter of the area you want to protect. This measurement is essential, and will be used to determine almost every aspect of your deer fencing needs.

3. Calculate the Number of Posts You Will Need

To determine the total number of posts your fence needs, divide the total linear footage from Step 2 by 20. You will need one drive cap for every 15- 20 posts you use. Beyond standard posts, AM Leonard provides corner/end posts that are conveniently available in a 2-pack kit.

4. Determine How Much Monofilament Line You Will Need

Monofilament wire runs along the top and bottom of your fence for support. Calculate the amount of monofilament line you will need by multiplying your total linear footage x 2. While you can use 12-gauge monofilament line for our standard flex deer fencing, we highly recommend the heavier 8-gauge monofilament line for all sizes/types of mesh fencing we provide. You’ll also need 7-8 self-locking ties for each post, including corner, end and gate posts.

5. Decide What and How Many Accessories You Will Need

You’ll want to add one round black tightener per line of monofilament wire per side. With 4 sides and 2 lines of monofilament wire per side, this translates to 8 total tighteners. Use connection sleeves to secure the monofilament wire to all corners and ends, and crimp each sleeve with a crimping tool .

6. Calculate the Number of Bottom Ground Stakes You Will Need

Take the linear footage from Step 2 and divide it by 5 to determine the quantity of bottom ground stakes you will need.

7. Don't Forget the Access or Driveway Gates

Don’t lock yourself out! To ensure you have easy access in and out of your newly built deer fence, check out our available access and driveway gates . They are functional and add a professional-quality look to your new installation.

It’s that easy! Check out our deer deterrent products for more tools, deer fencing supplies, and accessories.