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#6429806 - 08/29/16 03:59 PM High fence--- When is a hole/gap become a problem?
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When do you start to worry or decide to add fencing to the bottom of an area? We have a couple of areas the ground has started to shift and it has left about 12ft of fencing with about a 5-6" gap underneath. Also our gate has about a 6" gap underneath... So at what point do you think deer/rams andso on would be able to crawl out?

Wth the gate being electronic does anyone have any ideas on what we can add to the bottom that will keep thwm from trying to go underneath it?

Thanks!

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#6429847 - 08/29/16 04:20 PM Re: High fence--- When is a hole/gap become a problem? [Re: WestTexasGolfer]
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A coyote would be happy to see that 6" gap

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#6429862 - 08/29/16 04:28 PM Re: High fence--- When is a hole/gap become a problem? [Re: WestTexasGolfer]
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If a goat can get his head through it he can get out.

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#6429867 - 08/29/16 04:29 PM Re: High fence--- When is a hole/gap become a problem? [Re: WestTexasGolfer]
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When you account for the flex of most fencing, a 6" gap plus the flex of the fence is enough for some does and most ewes to get out, and plenty for coyotes, hogs and other varmints to get in.
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#6429885 - 08/29/16 04:40 PM Re: High fence--- When is a hole/gap become a problem? [Re: WestTexasGolfer]
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I've seen some large bucks duck under a 10" rise in a fence and never look back. Does could go through that like [censored] through a goose.
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#6430728 - 08/30/16 06:29 AM Re: High fence--- When is a hole/gap become a problem? [Re: WestTexasGolfer]
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A hole in a high fence is a problem no matter how large imo
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#6430761 - 08/30/16 07:14 AM Re: High fence--- When is a hole/gap become a problem? [Re: WestTexasGolfer]
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I would think coyotes would be your biggest problem. As for under your gate add more fill unless it is paved then add a flexible rubber strip to the gate.
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#6430924 - 08/30/16 08:37 AM Re: High fence--- When is a hole/gap become a problem? [Re: WestTexasGolfer]
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Our trapper had a snare in a 6-7" gap. Caught a doe.
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#6431221 - 08/30/16 10:59 AM Re: High fence--- When is a hole/gap become a problem? [Re: WestTexasGolfer]
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You are to late...you already have a coyote problem and the game getting in or out is your least worry at this point.
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#6431302 - 08/30/16 11:38 AM Re: High fence--- When is a hole/gap become a problem? [Re: WestTexasGolfer]
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When your neighbor finds it and sets up a stand on the trail leading to and from it.
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#6431321 - 08/30/16 11:44 AM Re: High fence--- When is a hole/gap become a problem? [Re: stxranchman]
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Originally Posted By: stxranchman
You are to late...you already have a coyote problem and the game getting in or out is your least worry at this point.


I agree.

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#6431344 - 08/30/16 11:55 AM Re: High fence--- When is a hole/gap become a problem? [Re: WestTexasGolfer]
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I agree with what everyone else is saying. I'd close the gap up ASAP with dirt or rocks.

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#6431358 - 08/30/16 12:07 PM Re: High fence--- When is a hole/gap become a problem? [Re: WestTexasGolfer]
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Another repair option is to take a piece of 4" cattle panel and cut it to length/height. If the gap is six inches, cutting three full panels minus the crosspiece on the last panel would let you jam the 4" rods into the ground and have 8" of panel above it. If you wanted you could then wire it to the fence.

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#6431387 - 08/30/16 12:22 PM Re: High fence--- When is a hole/gap become a problem? [Re: stxranchman]
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Originally Posted By: stxranchman
You are to late...you already have a coyote problem and the game getting in or out is your least worry at this point.


Bury railroad ties flush with the bottom of your gates to close those off for the future. We check/repair our high fence as needed year-round. You should be, too. Even then, predators WILL get in but not freely.

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#6431525 - 08/30/16 01:37 PM Re: High fence--- When is a hole/gap become a problem? [Re: WestTexasGolfer]
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Railroad ties are a temporary fix and the last thing you want is a bunch of creosote in your washes if you make it a permanent one.

Dirt and rock compacted in is the only real repair or some sort of erosion control anchored into the ground substantially like others mentioned. Once water finds it way somewhere your not going to stop you really need to change its path uphill from the problem area. Go watch the area next time it is raining if you cant figure out how to divert it.
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