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Deer fence posts

Introduction to Deer Fence Posts

Lots of products will serve as deer fence posts. The list includes trees; wooden posts (4 x 4 pressure-treated posts or 5 to 6-inch round posts); steel t-posts; round black steel posts with caps; round black steel posts with drives sleeves; and angle-iron (steel) posts. We don't list the first three items. Trees, if available, are already in place. Wooden posts can best be obtained locally (install them at least 3 feet deep, 4 feet deep at fence ends, gates, and corners). And steel t-posts, also best obtained locally, need to go at least 2 feet into the ground.

The posts we do provide, the ones used for most deer fences, are black round metal posts with caps, black round metal posts with both caps and drive sleeves, and black angle-iron (steel) posts. For those who want anti-jumping insurance (not generally needed) we also sell black post extenders for both angle-iron and round posts.


Round Metal Posts with Caps

9 and 10-foot Posts
6 to 8-foot Posts
10.5-foot Posts

A round metal deer fence post

Our round posts without drive sleeves, galvanized with a black powder coat finish, are 1-5/8 inches in diameter and much resemble the posts found in chain link fences. They are driven into the ground with a manual post driver using a 2-step footstool or short stepladder. If the ground contains roots or rocks it may be wise to use a digging bar and "prove out" a path downward that is free of obstacles.

All these posts come with caps and all look well in residential or estate settings. If neither snow loads nor falling tree limbs are expected, space these posts 20 feet apart for polypropylene deer fences, 15 feet apart for metal hexagrid deer fences, and 10 feet apart for welded wire fencing excluding elk or large animals. Otherwise, depending on the severity of the conditions, bring the spacing in to 10 feet for metal hexagrid fences and 10 to 15 feet for polypropylene fences. 

We offer 9 and 10-foot posts, as well as shorter posts, that come with caps but without sleeves. All have a wall thickness of  .055 inches, equivalent to 17 gauge steel. The 9-footers go 2 feet into the ground and are intended for use with 7.5-foot deer fencing, 6 inches of which is folded out at the bottom (toward the deer) and staked down to create a 7-foot fence. The 10-footers can be used with deer fencing up to 8 feet tall and can also be placed further into the ground with shorter fences to provide extra support in loose or sandy soil or to get below the frost line if you have heavy clay soil prone to frost heaves. While single posts are expensive, the per post cost comes down a lot when these posts are bought in bundles.

For those with severe snow or other conditions we also offer black heavy-duty steel posts with a wall thickness of 0.65 inches, equivalent to 16 gauge steel. These pvc-coated 1-5/8 inch diameter posts are all 10.5 feet long, long enough to hold the ground strongly and get below the frost line in most areas.  

Video: Round Post Installation




Ten-foot posts are well suited to loose soils and to supporting 8-foot fences. However, try to avoid them, especially if your project is small. That's because unlike virtually all our other products, which ship free, these 10-foot posts do not ship free and can incur heavy freight charges. In most cases you will be better off using more closely spaced 9-foot posts (for 7-foot fences in loose soil) or round metal posts with drive sleeves (for 7, 7.5, or 8 foot fences), all of which ship free.


Our shorter (6-8 foot) round posts with caps are for those who wish to build 6-foot deer fences, which work much of the time, and for those building dog or other fences that need these shorter posts. Except for their shorter length, they are identical to our 9 and 10-foot round posts.

For those installing 6-foot deer fences, it is desirable to use 7.5 rather than 6-foot fencing, because 6 inches of the fencing needs to be folded outward at the bottom to keep deer from coming under the fence. This does not apply to welded wire fencing, because welded wire fencing has no bottom fold.





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