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#6989764 - 12/09/17 12:35 PM High fence escapees
Captain Luke Offline
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How often or what is the likelihood that game escapes from high-fenced ranches?
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#6989777 - 12/09/17 12:54 PM Re: High fence escapees [Re: Captain Luke]
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Fairly unlikely if they maintain the fences. But I have known 2 people that lost animals after a flood or the fence was damaged.
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#6989782 - 12/09/17 12:58 PM Re: High fence escapees [Re: Captain Luke]
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Flooding and wind storms causing trees and limbs to fall on fences. Also hogs can dig under a fence in low areas that rain washes out.
I've seen deer go under a fence that I couldn't have crawled under without difficulty, and that is even bucks with large antlers.
I've seen it, and still couldn't believe it.

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#6989784 - 12/09/17 12:59 PM Re: High fence escapees [Re: Captain Luke]
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I hunt near a high fence ranch, and so far this year have seen an axis buck on camera, axis doe with fawn and some kind of other exotic doe in person. So possible, but not super common. They do share a border with us at one point where there is a dry creek bed, and the fence there typically looks in need of repair, but havent seen a bunch of animals from their place. Have also seen some high fence bucks on their side of the fence but not seeing indications of those genetics in the deer herd around, so would assume escaped WT are fairly uncommon as well. Just my personal experience.


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#6989795 - 12/09/17 01:08 PM Re: High fence escapees [Re: Captain Luke]
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my cousin just had a buck shot off his 50 acres that had wire wrapped up in its antlers. Huge buck for the area and no doubt an escapee.

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#6989796 - 12/09/17 01:09 PM Re: High fence escapees [Re: Captain Luke]
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Several years ago I hunted on a place that was next to a high fenced 700 acre game ranch. We had some good deer and one 174" buck taken on our side of the fence.
The last year I hunted there right at the end of the season the ranch foreman who was taking care of, and running hunts on the ranch stopped by and told me the owner sold the place and that he had a week to clear out all his camper and equipment.
He told me he was going to leave all the gates around the ranch wide open for a week, and told me to feed the heck out of the road that ran alongside my place just outside his gate. He said he could only leave the gates open for a week and then he would shut them.
Unfortunately for me, I got onto another lease the following year.

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#6989808 - 12/09/17 01:15 PM Re: High fence escapees [Re: Jimbo]
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Originally Posted By: Jimbo
Flooding and wind storms causing trees and limbs to fall on fences. Also hogs can dig under a fence in low areas that rain washes out.
I've seen deer go under a fence that I couldn't have crawled under without difficulty, and that is even bucks with large antlers.
I've seen it, and still couldn't believe it.

The "Monster buck near Valley Mills" thread has some good pictures of a monster buck going under a fence that I would have to belly crawl to get under, and I have seen this myself several times. don k has them jumping into his place.
Deer escape from HFs all of the time.
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#6989827 - 12/09/17 01:39 PM Re: High fence escapees [Re: Captain Luke]
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Only deer a HF keep in are the ones that haven’t attempted to jump it.

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#6989837 - 12/09/17 01:54 PM Re: High fence escapees [Re: Captain Luke]
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The proliferation of free range exotic game in Texas should answer that question.

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#6989996 - 12/09/17 04:51 PM Re: High fence escapees [Re: Captain Luke]
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I have seen deer jump an 8' fence with room to spare.

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#6990001 - 12/09/17 04:55 PM Re: High fence escapees [Re: Captain Luke]
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It happens. It doesn’t happen much. If it did, they wouldn’t build them. That’s just logic/common sense.
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#6990051 - 12/09/17 05:57 PM Re: High fence escapees [Re: Captain Luke]
wtr Offline
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For how much money people have invested inside a HF I doubt much escapes unless obvious damage to the fence. Still haven't see a video of a deer jumping a HF. confused2

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#6990075 - 12/09/17 06:19 PM Re: High fence escapees [Re: Captain Luke]
TexasKC Offline
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I shot a nice buck in S. Texas one time that had both shins from knee to hoof all skinned up. The rancher we leased from said he thought that buck had found a place on the adjoining high fence ranch that he could just barely clear. I guess that was some sort of plausible explanation.

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#6990097 - 12/09/17 06:39 PM Re: High fence escapees [Re: Captain Luke]
Caliche Kid Offline
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Loc: West Texas
I have personally seen, up close and personal, whitetail bucks easily jump an 8 foot high tensile fence. Not saying it’s common, but does happen. I have seen this twice.

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#6990114 - 12/09/17 06:52 PM Re: High fence escapees [Re: Captain Luke]
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If a man can high jump 8 feet I don't think a deer would have much problem if it needed to.

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