University of Maryland Extension

Use of Baited Polywire/Polytape Fencing to Protect Forest Plantations

Jonathan S. Kays
Deer browsing in snow

The use of baited polywire/polytape (BPP) fencing to protect field and row crops, home gardens, orchards, forest plantations, and other small acreage areas up to three acres and sometimes larger has been demonstrated by a number of studies and professional publications. There is relatively little information on effectiveness, cost, and problems with using this type of fencing to protect large acreage forest plantations in Maryland or elsewhere. This report summarizes three demonstration studies on forest plantations ranging in size from 3 to 15 acres in Frederick and Howard County of Maryland. All sites are in areas with very heavy deer pressure.

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