Sad to say, my fishing line deer fence (7/1/10 and 3/14/14 posts) failed last July after 5 years of reliable service denying deer entrance to my food garden. Once the first few got in there seemed to be a continuous nightly assault in spite of efforts to patch the breaks with more fishing line.
|Broken fishing line|
Why did deer finally break through the fishing? I have not been able to identify and interview the culprits. We have more deer than ever in my area so there’s a greater chance of deer running into and breaking the fence, and then walking into the garden. Perhaps the near invisibility of the fishing line worked against me. I was hoping the deer would spook if they walked into the fence. Hanging brightly colored streamers may have kept them away from the fence.
I appreciated the low cost of the fence and it did keep deer out for five years. However, I had to make repairs 2-3 times a year where friction, the elements, and maybe even deer, caused breakages. I went down this road to avoid buying and hanging the ubiquitous black polypropylene deer netting. And that’s exactly what I’ll be doing this week!