HIGH FENCE COST
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Contributors to this thread:
Rupe 15-Aug-21
wifishkiller 15-Aug-21
PSUhoss 15-Aug-21
WV Mountaineer 15-Aug-21
JTreeman 15-Aug-21
wvfarrier 15-Aug-21
WV Mountaineer 15-Aug-21
Rupe 15-Aug-21
Catscratch 15-Aug-21
txhunter58 15-Aug-21
WV Mountaineer 15-Aug-21
WV Mountaineer 15-Aug-21
Rupe 15-Aug-21
txhunter58 15-Aug-21
Catscratch 15-Aug-21
Rupe 15-Aug-21
whipranger 15-Aug-21
drycreek 15-Aug-21
buckhammer 15-Aug-21
RK 15-Aug-21
Hancock West 15-Aug-21
Rupe 17-Aug-21
From: Rupe
15-Aug-21

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1.27 Miles
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1.27 Miles
Does anyone have an idea or expertise on how much it would cost to put a high fence around 3 sides of a 115 acre parcel. The main acreage will be serving as a Non Profit for terminally ill and handicapped Children so not looking for a discussion on the ethics or lack of ethics in a high fence hunting scenario. Just hoping someone can give us an estimate. The piece will be about 900 acres once completed

The 115 is mostly pasture. Approximately 1.27 Miles. Picture attached

Thanks in advance.

From: wifishkiller
15-Aug-21
What state would help. I looked a few years back in east texas (part a air bnb real estate deal) it was 30k a mile with clearing and no water gaps.

From: PSUhoss
15-Aug-21
Hi Rupe. Out camp recently (a few years ago) fenced in about 65 acres as a deer EXclosure after a shelterwood cut to keep the deer out of the cut area. The cost was about $16k her in Pennsylvania. That included a couple vehicle gates and a couple man gates around the roughly rectangular shaped 8k’ fence.

Good luck. Don’t forget that there is maintenance associated with a fence of that size/length. We have had several trees fall on it and bears love to climb the fence to get to all of the acorns on the other side.

15-Aug-21
It’s is likely going to cost you $30-$35/ foot to buy 8 feet fencing and material. Another $15-$30 to install. If the digging is hard, add to that. If it’s super easy with great access, that will help you. So sone where around $50/linear foot installed. Minimum. Do it yourself I can’t answer as I don’t. know how valuable your time is.

The cost is definitely going to be astronomical.

From: JTreeman
15-Aug-21
So we have estimates between $30k a mile and $$264k a mile. That should narrow it down for you. LOL, gotta love bowsite. LOL

I’m sure it can be very dependent on where you are located though.

—Jim

From: wvfarrier
15-Aug-21
We just contracted to put up 6ft no climb horse fencing around 12 acres and its right at $30G here in WV

15-Aug-21
Im sure it’s area dependent. Based solely on what’s below the top soil.

A high fence isn’t 6 foot. It’s at least 8. A post for a six foot fence is $32 at Lowe’s. You need a post for an 8 foot fence. I’d have to check a supplier but, it’s going to push $40/pole. There is going to be 700 of those. $30,000 just in fence posts. You must add in Fencing, top rail, and hardware too. Concrete and Gates. Then comes labor. And, here is the biggie. At 7000 linear feet give or take, you are going to run into some digging problems. That’s where the cost cones in.

It doesn’t take men long to auger out a hole in good digging ground. However, when you run into roots and rock. Then it’s hammer and cutting time. Jackhammer or a hydraulic one on a piece of equipment. And untold chainsaw chains cutting big roots. That’s very expensive and slow every 10 feet.

If you are building in good ground, your hammer time will be small. In limestone and sandstone formations, it just quadrupled x 4.

This isn’t a horse pasture. It’s more land then 99.9% of people will ever own. It’s going to be a huge cost unless the fencing contractor has extensive knowledge in digging in the area in question. Then it’s just going to be very expensive with a digging clause in the contract.

From: Rupe
15-Aug-21
Thanks for all the feedback and answers. Ground is not rocky. The pasture could actually be tillable. Located in Iowa

From: Catscratch
15-Aug-21
Just curious Rupe, but why only 3 sides of the property? What is the purpose of the fence that the 4th side can be open? If it's none of my business feel free to tell me to pound sand... just wondering how this works.

From: txhunter58
15-Aug-21
Are you are you got your decimals in the right spot WV? Here in Texas I just had 1.1 miles of standard 48” fence put up. Turn key at $3.50 per foot for the fence. Add $4000 more for bulldozing the right of way so it totals about $4.25 /ft. And my land is solid Cedar trees and rocks. Posts were predrilled into rock and concreted.

Have prices of wire and posts gone up that much since this spring? 8 ft would not have been double those prices.

15-Aug-21
Come on up. I’ll introduce you to limestone and sandstone. It’s a decimal mover.

15-Aug-21
Call Lowe’s or get online and price it.

From: Rupe
15-Aug-21
Only need 3 sides because the East side is already fenced.

Plan is put up the new fence then tear down the Eastern fence so we expand the original property for more elbow room.

Thanks again for all the advice and input. Really appreciate it.

From: txhunter58
15-Aug-21

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After 6 inches of dirt, you’re drilling into solid rock here. I can see those kind of prices for small projects, but not ranch fencing.

The OP should ask at some local Feed stores who does ranch fencing in the area. You don’t want Lowe’s building a mile of fence. Here is what I had built for $4.25 per foot

From: Catscratch
15-Aug-21
Thanks for the reply, makes perfect sense.

From: Rupe
15-Aug-21
Only need 3 sides because the East side is already fenced.

Plan is put up the new fence then tear down the Eastern fence so we expand the original property for more elbow room.

Thanks again for all the advice and input. Really appreciate it.

From: whipranger
15-Aug-21
I’ve installed miles of 8’ high fence. I recommend building double H braces at corners and gates. We generally use 2 3/8” oilfield pipe cut to 12’ and drove into ground 3’10”. Posts only need to be installed every 25’.

From: drycreek
15-Aug-21
Lots of 8’ fence built in Texas for much cheaper than some of y’all’s estimates. It depends on terrain, gates, and water gaps of course but getting an estimate from a couple builders would be best.

From: buckhammer
15-Aug-21
Do you need a permit from the state before you start fencing in their deer?

From: RK
15-Aug-21
Almost made it. In spite of the OP's original request it just got to be to much for one person not to be able to hold in their Snarky comment

Buckhammer I bet Rupe checked all of that out before beginning his fencing project OR He is a poacher deluxe and is going to fence all the deer In and begin killing them? I don't know, what do you think

From: Hancock West
15-Aug-21
The used oil pipe is where its at. Saw it used on an elk farm once.

From: Rupe
17-Aug-21
Buckhummer, there are procedures in place for putting up a fence. The land is basically open pasture.

Again thanks to everyone for their advice and help. This project is near and dear to my heart.

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