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High fence escapees #6989764
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How often or what is the likelihood that game escapes from high-fenced ranches?


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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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Re: High fence escapees [Re: Captain Luke] #6989782
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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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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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Re: High fence escapees [Re: Captain Luke] #6989795
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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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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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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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Re: High fence escapees [Re: Captain Luke] #6989827
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Only deer a HF keep in are the ones that haven’t attempted to jump it.

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The proliferation of free range exotic game in Texas should answer that question.

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I have seen deer jump an 8' fence with room to spare.

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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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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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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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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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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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depends who you ask...

ask someone who owns a high fence ranch, and they'll tell you it's pretty rare.

ask someone who's pissed off at an oilfield company and they'll tell you it can happen if a gate's open for more than 4 seconds.

ask one of these people cramming the CWD agenda down everyone's throat, and they'll say 114% of all high fence deer escape and infect baby fawns and seals.

Re: High fence escapees [Re: Captain Luke] #6990282
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I'm in North Tx and we had a dang Axis walk across our front yard this summer!

I wasn't home but my wife got it on video and asked "Wth is this"?

I don't have a clue where it came from roflmao

So yeah, I bet it does occasionally happen


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Originally Posted By: Jimbo
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.


Earlier this season I watched a nice buck run through a small washout under a barbed wire fence as if the fence wasn't even there.


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I've seen a 1.5 year old spike jump a HF with ease. They just have to have the proper motivation. Happens more often then you think.

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Our neighbor thought they had a 170” get out. Sadly we’ve never seen him!


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We have a 9ft fence and I've seen deer try to jump it without success. Can they clear a 9ft fence?...All things are possible I guess. I've jus never seen it in 27yrs. on this ranch

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Mom took a pic of a moose in her yard in east Tx. two years ago. A fallow deer was running down hwy 80 last month. My friend passsed up a tagged non typ. that kept walking by him. I used to see stray exotics down south in the 90s. Highly unlikely. HAHAHAHA#!!!


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Had a guy tell me I'd have to hunt along time to kill a buck like he did. 180 in. HF stray with a tag in it's ear. He corned it up to his back yard. 1% of HF animals dont live in the fence.


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I've witnessed a mature buck clear a high fence. Took him about 8 tries and he was bleeding by the I've he made it. He really wanted that doe....

When the economy crashed in the late 80's many ranch owners let their exotics out of high fences as the banks were forclosing. Also many places that weren't maintained well under bank ownership. Wouldn't be surprised if there was some of that in 2008 as well, though not as likely as it was in the 80's.

The late 80's are why you see so many free range exotics in the hill country.

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I've seen a buck stand flat footed (not running) next to an 8' high fence and clear the fence with ease. He didn't exactly stick the landing, but I'd have given him a 4 for degree of difficulty.
This is the internet and you can claim anything, but everything I write about deer clearing a high fence or going under it are the truth that I personally witnessed.

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