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Rutting under high fence #7669608 11/22/19 02:25 PM
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Is it the same as low fenced deer? talking out near Bandera, TX


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Re: Rutting under high fence [Re: Buzzsaw] #7669648 11/22/19 03:02 PM
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Low fence deer usually jump over, I'm not aware if high fence deer typically go under or over.

It a good idea to frequently check low spots, water crossings etc to ensure animal don't create ruts under fencing.
Doesn't matter what part of the state you're in.

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Rutting 'periods' are the same under high fence as free ranging. There may be a difference in intensity...owing to buck/doe ratios....but the photo-period/rut is not influenced by fence height or the ability of deer to travel. Keep in mind not all does will be in estrous at the same time (same goes for free ranging).


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Re: Rutting under high fence [Re: Buzzsaw] #7669714 11/22/19 04:10 PM
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The only ruts I get under the HF is from coyotes or hogs.

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Originally Posted by Buzzsaw
Is it the same as low fenced deer? talking out near Bandera, TX


Depends on the high fence and pressure. But the general answer is yes, they will react close to the same.. Now if it is a small high fence that is more of a breeding facility the deer do not fight as hard, and it may not have the same effect.

This is one of the reasons High fenced ranches will kill off the native deer, as usually they will kill high fenced breeder bucks as they are more aggressive and fight harder during the rut than a deer raised in a high fence.

When in doubt use a good scent first (estrus) and wait until you see the buck's glads start to darken from rutting.


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Re: Rutting under high fence [Re: Buzzsaw] #7669727 11/22/19 04:30 PM
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Uh, I think there are two interpretations of the question going on here... confused2


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Re: Rutting under high fence [Re: Buzzsaw] #7669737 11/22/19 04:39 PM
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If there is rutting activity and a north wind, you might want to check out the south side of the high fence. Bucks will sometimes hang out there curling their lips.

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It depends on how big the pen is, and the buck doe ratio of those deer in that pen.

Re: Rutting under high fence [Re: Hudbone] #7669811 11/22/19 05:42 PM
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Originally Posted by Hudbone
If there is rutting activity and a north wind, you might want to check out the south side of the high fence. Bucks will sometimes hang out there curling their lips.

Yep. I see it quite often. Works like a charm.


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Re: Rutting under high fence [Re: Buzzsaw] #7672246 11/25/19 10:36 PM
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and a tip...... don't rattle under the HF, there aren't any deer there; but rather inside and yes it works like a charm as long as competition for the ladies is high.

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