Have you ever wanted to have a non-native breed on your property? It’s possible, depending on where you live and the type of preparations you make to your land before. Game fencing, climate, and space are all important considerations.
Most exotic species, such as bison and blackbuck, can do well in the warmer climate of states, such as Texas. And, fortunately, contrary to popular belief, the vast majority do not require an eight-foot fence to stay safe and contained. Instead, a 4 ½ foot high-tensile steel mesh fence is often adequate. This, coupled with the popular “front pasture” concept means that your animals stay safe and happy and your family and friends can enjoy watching a diverse range of species engage in everyday life.
What Is The Front Pasture Design?
Essentially, a front pasture design simply means moving animals into your home’s line of sight. This is accomplished by adding game fencing around the perimeter of your front acreage. High-tensile game fencing is not only affordable and attractive but is also safer and more resistant to predators. High-tensile, fixed-knot fencing is a modern spin on the old intertwined metal field fencing that our grandfathers and great-grandfathers installed around their own properties.
Fixed-knot fencing is designed in an overlapping pattern with horizontal and vertical fits pieces. Each wire can withstand the impact of around 1400 pounds. Its spacing and design means that this durable material can withstand stress and then move back into shape without losing structural integrity.
The space you need will depend on the types and volume of animals that you plan to have on your property. But there are other considerations outside of game fencing before you can bring an exotic species onto your property. These include your feeding and drinking stations, species compatibility, gates, and water gaps.
Your feeding and drinking stations should be strategically placed to ensure that all animals have access to food and water. Gravity-fed feeders are an ideal solution for exotics. You’ll also need to do some research on compatibility, and you may wish to speak with your veterinarian or agricultural extension personnel if you already have some animals, such as deer, that might find themselves at the bottom of your habitat’s proverbial pecking order.
Your gates and water gaps also deserve special attention, as these may need to be designed around the mammals you wish to live on your land. Water gaps will keep your fence from being pulled down by debris while also working to keep predators at bay. Your game fencing gates must also be designed so that they are secure, reliable, and efficient at deterring predators, such as dogs and foxes.
Your game fencing matters more than ever when you plan to have exotic species on your property. Stay tuned to the Straight Shooter Game Fencing blog next month as we cover a few of the exotic animals you might consider.