Poly Fencing Deer 8×165 Feet (Deer 2): Here’s a strong poly fencing to use for making a long 7.5-foot deer fence or a long 8-foot deer fence with a rodent barrier. (The rodent barrier is a two or three foot strip of metal fencing placed near the bottom of the fence. It prevents rabbits and ground hogs from gnawing holes at the bottom of the fence that deer can then enlarge to gain entrance to the enclosure.)
You don’t need an all-metal fence, because this strong poly fencing (breaking strength 750+ pounds per foot) will keep out deer reliably so long as the bottom is secure and small animals aren’t allowed to make holes near the bottom. The poly fencing will not last as long as metal fencing. However, this Deer 2 grade of poly fencing should last 10+ years, which is enough for many purposes. (Don’t believe the hype put our in some quarters claiming that poly deer fencing will last anywhere from 20 years to as long as the pyramids.)
So save money. Combine our poly fencing deer 8×165 feet (Deer 2) with a metal hexagrid or welded wire rodent barrier of any height you like. Join these two types of fencing to create a deer fence 7.5 or 8 feet tall.
The choice between metal fencing and poly fencing with a rodent barrier is yours. However, if you’re striving to keep costs down, use this 8-foot tall poly fencing with a 2-foot rodent barrier to build a 7.5-foot deer fence. That allows you to fold 6 inches of the rodent barrier and poly fencing outward toward the deer and stake them down (necessary to keep deer from nosing under the fence), and then to install 18 inches of the rodent barrier vertically on the fence, and extend your poly fencing upward 7,5 feet.
Or alternatively, if you are intent on building an 8-foot fence, install this poly fencing so that it just brushes the ground, and then install a rodent barrier over it that employs a staked-down 6-inch bottom fold. That will provide the desired 8-foot height while preventing deer from nosing underneath your fence.