The high-level specification for the fence (see menu tab on Planning the Deer Fence) was 8' tall, welded-wire, five corners, two gates (one main gate, one smaller gate), all metal posts (including spreaders and gate posts), with a linear distance of around 2100'. Even in the Methow, that is a Big Job and not within the capability of many contractors. We elected to go with Carlton Landscape Construction in Twisp, Washington. This turned out to be an excellent choice, as Eric Carlton had the perfect combination of equipment and staff to do the job.


An 8' welded wire fence means 10' fence posts. These are simply too long to be pounded in comfortably (or uncomfortably for that matter!) by hand. An excavator with a hydraulic fence post pounder attachment was a key piece of equipment for successful completion of the project.

Eric and Anthony putting in 10' T-posts using the hydraulic pounder attachment on the excavator.

With good set-up, the team was able to put in several hundred feet of posts in an hour.

2100' of 8' welded wire fence means 330' fence rolls. 330' fence rolls weigh around 350 lbs. This is way too heavy for people to lift. While they can be rolled for short distances by two men, even that is a struggle over rough ground. A fence spooler attached to the tractor was a key piece of equipment for successful completion of the project.

Jared and Juan spooling 330' rolls of 8' welded wire fencing using the spooling attachment on the tractor.

The majority of the posts are 10' steel T-posts. However, corner posts and support posts are 4" rectangular steel. As staples cannot be used with steel (unlike wood) a laser-cut bracket provides the means to attach the fence to the post. Installation of the post occurred in two steps, first installation of the posts themselves and then welding of the cross braces and the laser-cut brackets.

Installation of the corner posts was perhaps the most difficult and time consuming part of the project. First, the excavator, with an auger attachment, was used to drill the holes. Next, the excavator was used to place the steel fence assemblies in the holes. Finally, the steel fence assemblies were concreted in place.

Corner post holes for the NW corner.

The whole team installing the corner posts on the SW corner.

Anthony and Wes installing the posts for the main gate.

Eric and Wes mixing concrete for the posts on the north side